Show master CEO Ralph Wiegmann with award winners from South Korea
Last weekend, we had the opportunity to attend the iF design awards 2014 night, which took place at the impressive BMW Welt museum in Munich. Some 2,000 guests involved in design, business, culture, politics and press enjoyed a relaxed get-together while show master Ralph Wiegmann (iF CEO) hosted the ceremony, personally handing out no less than 75 iF gold trophies, which deserves some respect, to three categories of winners: product, communication and packaging.
In January, some 50 jury experts from all over the world came together for three days in Hannover to select the winners of the iF design awards 2014.
Read on to see our top five picks:
iF product design awards
To select the 1,220 winning entries (including 50 coveted iF gold awards), an international jury of experts came together at the Hanover exhibition center to review no less than 3,249 (!) entries from 48 countries. Here are three of our favorite product winners, from big to small:
The BMW i3 is the first large-scale production car with an all-electric engine manufactured by BMW Group is tailored to the requirements of sustainable and emission-free mobility. With its revolutionary architecture and CRP passenger compartment, the BMW i3 weighs only 1,195 kg. Learn more about the innovative new vehicle in our feature story on the BMW i3, including an exclusive interview with Head of Design Adrian van Hooydonk. BMW Group München, Germany
Weldcap manifests a completely new approach for automatic welding masks. The lightness and flexibility of textile materials, realize a completely new ease of comfort; combined with a rigid plastic face shield the welder experiences highest safety with work wear fashion qualities. Tribecraft AG, Zürich, Switzerland
The Wingman condom is a condom that is held by a clip enabling the user to unroll the condom without touching the condom itself. This leads to easier and safer use of the condom as it prevents the most common user errors by design, instead of relying only on instructions. After unrolling the condom, the clip is removed. Wingman Condoms B. V.
iF Communication Design Awards
This award must have been a tough job for the jury. From the 1,102 entries including websites, annual reports and advertising campaigns, 311 were selected with the iF label and only 20 received the top iF gold trophies. This is our favorite pick:
Visual identity for the 4th National Design Biennial in Brazil. The two letters "D" (representing Design and Diversity) were featured in different types, alternating to form a "B" (representing Biennial), emphasizing Brazilian cultural diversity. Check out the video below. Greco Design - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
iF Packaging Design Awards
From the 264 entries, the jury recognized 95 entries with the iF label and selected five favorites to receive the iF gold trophy. Here's our favorite award winner:
This medicine bottle is for daily medicine takers. When a user opens
the bottle to take medicine, a device inside the lid automatically moves
a space changing the date for precise and consistent use of medication. moo:u design, Seoul, South Korea
Want more? - iF DESIGN App
Another surprise was revealed at the iF design awards night: the iF DESIGN App. This comprehensive overview of images and videos brings together an enormous overview of winning designs of the last three years. 2014 alone includes 3,300 images! The bilingual (German and English) content makes this big collection available for an even bigger audience. See for yourself—happy browsing!
Finally, an invitation! - iF design exhibition Hamburg
For those of you who want to see the real thing, Hamburg is the place to be. iF design recently opened up their impressive showroom in the heart of the HafenCity, Hamburg's youngest district full of futuristic architecture along the harbor. All of the winning entries will be physically on display supported with interactive videos and background information until June 2014, so if you're in Hamburg don't miss the opportunity.