21 Jun 2022

20-Year Anniversary of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2022

20 years of supporting and encouraging young talent in the field of design+++The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2022 Awards Ceremony was an event at which iF Design was also celebrating the 20th anniversary of promoting and supporting young design talent worldwide!

85 concepts aimed at solving the problems of the United Nations SDGs received the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2022. The jurors considered ten ideas to be particularly worthy of a prize and awarded a total of EUR 50,000 in prize money to them.

With its unique architecture, Valencia, the World Design Capital 2022, provided the perfect backdrop as the venue for the Awards Ceremony.

They come from Canada, Germany, India, Sweden, Norway, Taiwan, China, the USA, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Great Britain, Japan and the Republic of Korea – the winners of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2022! And most of them even traveled to the World Design Capital 2022 Valencia to receive their awards and prize money in person from iF Design CEO Uwe Cremering.

The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is one of the world's most important, significant competitions for young designers. The categories are based on the SDGs, the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. A high-ranking international jury of experts selected 85 exciting, visionary ideas and concepts from around 6,400 submissions designed to enable a dignified life for people around the world while at the same time preserving the natural foundations of life. This includes economic, ecological and social aspects. The panel of experts rewarded the ten most convincing works with EUR 50,000 in prize money. Participating in the competition is free of charge.

iF Design CEO Uwe Cremering is happy: “After two completely digital years, it's just great to be able to celebrate with the young designers in person once again. And we couldn't have found a more perfect place for our twentieth anniversary than Valencia! It fills us with joy to be able to reward students' innovation and creativity! Our very special thanks for their loyalty, in some cases for many years, go to our sponsors, who have joined us in promoting up-and-coming designers!"

The competition categories are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (1 - 15):

No Poverty / Zero Hunger / Good Health and Well-being / Quality Education / Gender Equality / Clean Water and Sanitation / Affordable and Clean Energy / Decent Work and Economic Growth / Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure / Reduced Inequality / Sustainable Cities and Communities / Responsible Consumption and Production / Climate Action / Life Below Water / Life On Land

The Evaluation Criteria

In order to receive an iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD, the concepts have to achieve above-average marks when answering the following questions:

• Does it solve a problem?

• Does it reflect or promote high moral-ethical standards?

• Does it strengthen group relations?

• Does it create a positive experience?

• Does it make economic sense?

The Sponsors

We would like to especially thank the renowned sponsors, without whom it would not be possible to support young designers in such a high-quality, sustainable way:

  • Samsung Electronics, Seoul / Republic of Korea

  • Grohe, Düsseldorf / Germany

  • Wonderland, Taipei / Taiwan

  • Compal Electronics, Taipei / Taiwan

  • Three Winged Bird, Qingdao / China

  • Casarte, Qingdao / China

  • NetDragon, Fuzhou / China

World Design Capital 2022 Valencia, Spain's design hotspot on the Mediterranean, provided the unique setting for the Awards Ceremony. In addition to officially honoring the award winners on the grand stage at the architecturally impressive Oceanografic, award winners were able to participate in the full program, the first signature event, EXPERIENCE VALENCIA 22 (13-18 June, 2022).

20-year anniversary of iF DESIGN promoting new, young talent

iF’s competition for up-and-coming young designers has been part of the iF DNA since 2002. And iF Design has been very busy in the past 20 years: More than 1,700 student concepts have received the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD to date. And thanks to the support of renowned sponsors, EUR 725,000 in prize money was distributed to design students around the world during this period!




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Annegret Wulf-Pippig

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