11. May 2021

A dif­fer­ent kind of award

The Ger­man Design­er Club e.V. (DDC for short) is launch­ing a new design com­pe­ti­tion enti­tled WAS IST GUT. The DDC says in its announce­ment that it is not look­ing for chic, high-gloss solu­tions that would nor­mal­ly have earned an award ‘by all the rules of art’. Rather, they want projects that they have always want­ed to do because they are good and impor­tant. The projects can be small or large, crazy or real­is­tic. The main thing is that they want to improve the world, because design­ers can make an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to this.

With this call, the DDC address­es design­ers and stu­dents of all dis­ci­plines as well as peo­ple inter­est­ed in design, non-prof­it insti­tu­tions and facil­i­ties, NGOs, self-employed peo­ple and com­pa­nies — in fact, everyone.

In addi­tion to the con­tent of this com­pe­ti­tion, the selec­tion of the award win­ners is also dif­fer­ent. A jury first exam­ines the works for for­mal aspects. The final nom­i­na­tion and the selec­tion of the win­ner is made by the
by the par­tic­i­pants of the work­shop and the sym­po­sium. Three jurors per cat­e­go­ry will be nom­i­nat­ed, who will lat­er also act as mod­er­a­tors in the work­shops. The names will be announced before the selec­tion process begins. The jurors / mod­er­a­tors do not par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion themselves.

The chal­lenge in the three sub­mis­sion cat­e­gories Prod­uct, Space and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is: How do we design mean­ing­ful things? How do we design sus­tain­able liv­ing envi­ron­ments? How do we enable social relationships?

The dead­line for entries is 30.06.2021. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion can be found on the DDC web­site.