Red Dot Award competition kicks off at the end of October

October 26 sees the start of the registration for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016. Every year, the international design competition selects the best product designs in the world. In order to participate, manufacturers and designers register their products online and submit the original product for the judging process.

Entry conditions state that the products have to be manufactured in an industrial production process and must have been on the market since 1 January 2014 or will become available before 1 July 2016.

Winning participants use the seal of quality the award bestows on good design as a marketing and communications tool. In addition, a victory brings with it a whole package of activities such as publication in the Red Dot Design Yearbook and participation in exhibitions in the Red Dot Design Museums. The official awards ceremony is the Red Dot Gala in Essen, Germany followed by an after-show party.

On 9 December 2015, the Young Professionals Application Day, graduates of design courses, who have obtained their academic qualifications within the past five years, have the opportunity to take part in the draw for one of 50 free registrations. In addition to the registration for the competition, these new talents will be provided with comprehensive and free communication support if they win an award.

In 2015, the competition registered 4,928 entries from 56 nations. Only 81 products received the highest single distinction “Red Dot: Best of the Best”.

Registration periods: Early Bird: 26 October 2015 – 4 December 2015

Regular: 5 December 2015 – 26 January 2016

Latecomer: 27 January 2016 – 10 February 2016

Jury session: February 2016

Red Dot Gala: 4 July 2016

Further information and registration at


Product categories:

01 Living rooms and bedrooms

02 Households

03 Kitchens, kitchen furnishings and kitchen appliances

04 Tableware and cooking utensils

05 Bathrooms, spas and personal care

06 Heating and air conditioning technology

07 Lighting and lamps

08 Garden furnishings, garden and BBQs

09 Outdoors, trekking and camping

10 Sports

11 Bicycle and bicycle accessories

12 Leisure, games and fun

13 Musical instruments and equipment

14 Babies and children

15 Fashion, lifestyle and accessories

16 Watches

17 Jewellery

18 Interior design

19 Interior design elements

20 Materials and surfaces

21 Urban design and public spaces

22 Office furnishings and office chairs

23 Stationery

24 Industry, machinery and robotics

25 Tools

26 Life science and medicine

27 Vehicles (land, water and aerospace)

28 Vehicle accessories

29 Consumer electronics and cameras

30 Communication

31 Computers and information technology

Designers' night, Red Dot Design Museum Essen
Designers’ night, Red Dot Design Museum Essen
Red Dot jury members: Da Costa / Hinrichsen / Bocchietto
Red Dot jury members: Da Costa / Hinrichsen / Bocchietto
Red Dot jury members: He / Beeh / Edman
Red Dot jury members: He / Beeh / Edman