Japan Kukan Design Award & iF DESIGN AWARD

The Japan Kukan Design Award is now partnering with Germany’s iF Design Award. Through cooperation of the two awards under this partnership, we will work together to expand the global network and promote the design industry.

the iF

The world’s oldest design award, established in Germany in 1953. This international design competition receives more than 10,000 entries from 60 countries around the world. The nine disciplines for entries are: Product Design, Communication Design, Packaging Design, Service Design/UX, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Professional Concept, UX, and UI.

Benefit to Japan Kukan Design Award 2021
Shortlist winners when applying
for the iF Design Award 2022

Exemption from the iF Design Award 2022 registration fee (250-450 Euro)

● iF Design Award 2022 application period: May 10, 2021 to November 19, 2021
● The Japan Kukan Design Award 2021 Shortlist winners may exert a benefit by applying for either Discipline 4.0 Interior Architecture or Discipline 7.0 Architecture, and the registration must be completed by October 15, 2021.

Exemption from the iF Design Award 2022 online preselection (digital screening), and
registration as an iF Design Award finalist upon completion of the application.

● The jury fee for the final round (200 Euro) will be charged to the iF Design Award finalists
● The iF Design Award winner (to be announced after the final round) will be charged the winner’s fee (2,700 Euro in the Product/Packaging Discipline and 1,800 Euro in all other Disciplines).

Ranking point system

The iF Design Award has a ranking point system, in which finalists earn five points, award winners earn 20 points, and gold award winners earn 100 points. The earned points are published in the iF World Design Guide. The points are counted for a 5-year period. Published winners will get additional exposure in the iF WORLD DESIGN INDEX, a new platform with detailed information on industries, regions and countries.


How to apply for the iF Design Award 2022

Please register for each entry online.
The following information needs to be provided.
Basic Discipline and category, entry title, and type of entry
Addresses Manufacturer (and client): max. two addresses  Designer (and design firm): max. five addresses
Images 4-7 images per entry (file size: max. 5 MB, JPG, RGB, landscape 4:3, max. 15 megapixel)
Description Short description within 650 words (text for advertisements is not accepted)
Statements Description for the five screening criteria (within 280 words each)
Media PDF and/or link

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