Welcome to appliance DESIGN’s 32nd annual Excellence in Design awards. This prestigious award is given to companies who excel in unique designs with breakthrough features. Awarded in 10 distinct categories, Excellence in Design looks for products that are well engineered and have practical functions.
An independent panel of distinguished judges in the field of design will evaluate entries based on creativity, ease of use and visual appeal. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be given in each category listed below.
The entry period is now closed. As sponsor of the competition, appliance DESIGN magazine will feature the winners in the June 2019 issue, which includes print, online, and digital versions. For questions regarding the competition, contact Editorial Director Darryl Seland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As sponsor of the competition, appliance DESIGN magazine will feature the winners in the June 2019 issue, which includes print, online, and digital versions. For questions regarding the competition, contact Editorial Director Darryl Seland at email@example.com.
All products entered in the competition must have been placed into distribution between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018 (That is the product became available for sale and delivery to its intended customer during that time period.) Note: If the product entered is an updated version of a previously existing product, it must reflect a design revision. Simply reintroducing an existing product in a new color does not qualify as a new design.
Do not enter suites of products or product families. (Exception: A clothes washer and dryer designed as a matching pair should be entered as a single entry.)
Submit a minimum of three, but no more than six, images of product with each entry. Each image should be in .jpg format, RGB color mode, and at least 300+ dpi resolution, suitable for publication. Try to keep individual images below 5 MB each. Images should show different aspects or angles of the product and not be just similar shots of the product in different colors. Example: Show a front view, side or angle view, and close up on control or critical feature.
Entrants can submit supplemental information to help explain the design, operation, and function of product. This information can include operation instructions, exploded view illustrations, CAD images, etc. It can also include screen shots of a touchscreen interface. All supplemental information should be submitted in the form of PDF.
Entrant can submit a short video showing the product in use. This is not mandatory, but may be useful for demonstrating the usability of the product and help the judges evaluate the human factors considerations that went into the product's design. If the primary user interaction relies upon a touchscreen or display, it would be helpful to show what the user sees on the screen for given operations. Videos must be in a standalone format that can be played in either Windows Media Player or Quick Time Player. The size of the video file should not exceed 10 megabytes.
The judging of entries will be performed by an independent panel of design experts that have no affiliation with appliance DESIGN magazine. The four criteria for judging will be aesthetics, human factors, innovation, and technical merits. Judgment will be based on the supplied images, text descriptions, and any supplemental materials. All decisions made by the jury are final.
The 2018 judges include:
As sponsor of the competition, appliance DESIGN magazine will feature the winners in the June 2019 issue, which includes print, online, and digital versions. By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees to have their product images and descriptions published in print and electronic media. In the case of design firms submitting entries of projects performed for clients, the entrant affirms that any necessary client permissions were obtained before entering.
For questions regarding the competition, contact Editorial Director Darryl Seland at firstname.lastname@example.org.