International Design Excellence Awards 2018

International Design Excellence Awards 2018

Submissions are now open for the 2018 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). Organized by IDSA, IDEA is a benchmark of design and is unweathered by shifting fads or transitory styling.

A jury of world-renowned designers representing a cross-section of design disciplines is assembled every year and descends upon the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI for the final judging stages. This year, the jury features nearly three dozen experts from some of the world's largest brands such as Google, Microsoft, Nike, Delta Faucet, REI, Targus, Stryker and Cartoon Network; major design studios including Whipsaw, fuseproject, Ammunition, HS Design and Metaphase; and leading universities.

"We have curated a design jury with a well-balanced demographic," commented Jury Chair Michael Kahwaji, IDSA, of Whirlpool Corp, who also serves on the MFA Advisory Council at the College for Creative Studies and as an adjunct design instructor at the University of Notre Dame. "I'm proud to announce this year's jury includes 12 women, as well as experts in branding, service design and graphic design. This will enable IDEA to truly reflect the multidisciplinary facet of the competition."

For 2018, the 20 IDEA categories include three new ones: Home, now including Kitchen; Furniture & Lightning, including Outdoor Furniture; and Lifestyle & Accessories. In 2017, two new categories were added: Branding and Consumer Technology.

The deadline for submissions is March 19, 2018.

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International Design Excellence Awards