GDN - a network of the world's leading design organizations


The German Design Council is one of the world’s leading centres of expertise in communication and knowledge transfer in the area of design. It was created in 1953 by the Bundestag (the German federal parliament) and endowed by the Federation of German Industries. For more than 65 years, it has been working to promote the competitiveness of German companies.
Through its competitions, exhibitions, conferences, workshops and publications, the German Design Council has contributed tremendously to the transfer of knowledge in the fields of design, innovation and branding. Today, the German Design Council’s circle of members and benefactors is made up of more than 300 domestic and foreign companies employing over three million people.
This is an overview of the renowned international competitions organised by the German Design Council that strengthen companies and designers around the globe:

  • German Design Awards: the international premier prize of the German Design Council is an international pacesetter in the fields Product Design and Communication Design
  • German Brand Awards: the award for excellence in brand management
  • German Innovation Awards: honouring innovations and extraordinary developments
  • ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture: the whole world of architecture
  • ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior: the whole world of interior design
  • Mobility Awards: the Automotive Brand Contest, the Motorcycle Brand Contest and the Bicycle Brand Contest honour outstanding product and communication design of the mobility industry
  • ein&zwanzig Awards: the international competition for design talents and newcomers promotes and supports talented young designers. The winning projects are presented in an exclusive exhibition in Milan.


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