Red Dot Awards announces the jury that will choose the best products for 2016

With around 5,000 entries from more than 50 countries each year, the Red Dot Award is one of the world’s largest international product competitions. The registration phase for 2016 is in full swing, and the jury members have already been chosen. 41 experts from all over the globe will converge in the Ruhr region at the end of February to make up the largest Red Dot jury in the history of the competition. These include ICE and Transrapid designer Alexander Neumeister, fashion icon Jimmy Choo and automotive design legend Chris Bangle.

The 2016 jury features the experienced Red Dot jury members Hideshi Hamaguchi and Kristiina Lassus among others. Raj Nandan and Dr. Sascha Peters will also be contributing their expertise once again. Hideshi Hamaguchi received global recognition for inventing the USB stick, while Kristiina Lassus is a successful product designer and owner of her own design studio. Raj Nandan is the founder and owner of Indesign Media Asia Pacific, a publishing company that publishes design and architecture-based works of global repute. Dr. Sascha Peters is the founder and owner of a materials and technology agency and one of Germany’s leading materials experts and a trend scout for new technologies.

The 41 jury members in total are selected based on their specific industry knowledge, thus guaranteeing the best possible skills for assessing the hugely diverse products featured in the competition. The degree of innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility are just some of the criteria used to reach a decision. 4,928 products from 56 countries were entered in the competition in 2015, of which only 81 won the top individual award, the “Red Dot: Best of the Best”.

The laureates use the seal of quality for good design as a marketing and communication tool. Winning an award also involves an extensive package of measures, such as publication in the Red Dot Design Yearbook and a presence in the exhibition in the Red Dot Design Museums. The official award ceremony is the Red Dot Gala in Essen, which takes place on 4 July 2016 along with the subsequent Designers’ Night aftershow party. The registration period for latecomers to the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 is currently under way and ends on 10 February 2016.

Red Dot jury 2016

Prof. Werner Aisslinger, Germany

Manuel Alvarez Fuentes, Mexico

David Andersen, Denmark

Prof. Masayo Ave, Japan

Chris Bangle, USA/Italy

Martin Beeh, Germany

Dr. Luisa Bocchietto, Italy

Gordon Bruce, USA

Gisbert L. Brunner, Germany

Rüdiger Bucher, Germany

Wen-Long Chen, Taiwan

Vivian Wai-kwan Cheng, Hong Kong

Datuk‘ Prof. Jimmy Choo, Malaysia/Great Britain

Vincent Créance, France

Stefan Eckstein, Germany

Prof. Lutz Fügener, Germany

Hideshi Hamaguchi, Japan

Prof. Renke He, China

Prof. Herman Hermsen, Netherlands

Prof. Carlos Hinrichsen, Chile

Prof. Song Kee Hong, Singapore

Tapani Hyvönen, Finland

Guto Indio da Costa, Brazil

Prof. Cheng-Neng Kuan, Taiwan

Kristiina Lassus, Finland/Italy

Dr. Thomas Lockwood, USA

Lam Leslie Lu, Hong Kong

Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz, Switzerland

Prof. Jure Miklavc, Slovenia

Prof. Ron A. Nabarro, Israel

Prof. Dr. Ken Nah, Korea

Raj Nandan, Australia

Prof. Dr. Yuri Nazarov, Russia

Alexander Neumeister, Germany/Brazil

Ken Okuyama, Japan

Simon Ong, Singapore

Prof. Martin Pärn, Estonia

Dr. Sascha Peters, Germany

Nils Toft, Denmark

Prof. Danny Venlet, Belgium

Günter Wermekes, Germany



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