FUNDING & AWARDS
China Red Star Design Award is the only national design award that encourages domestic enterprises’ independent innovation, helps to create their own brandings and improves their products' competitiveness in the international market. Established in 2006, China Red Star Design Award is a yearly social award organised by Beijing Industrial Design Center (BIDC). In 2008, Red Star received 3146 products from 565 applicants that came from 13 provinces, 4 municipalities and Hong Kong. Since 2006, 54 experts from 12 countries and areas including Germany, USA, UK, Japan, Korea, China, China Hong Kong and China Taiwan have served on the juries of Red Star.
There might be confusion between the China Red Star Design Award and the internationally renowned “red dot design award”, the last one being one of the largest and most renowned design awards in the world. This confusion might soon disappear, or become more prominent, as in late April 2009 cooperation between Red Dot and the Beijing Industrial Design Center (BIDC) was announced. On 19 March 2009, Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, President of red dot design Award, and Mr. Chen Dongliang, Director of the Beijing Industrial Design Center (BIDC), signed a memorandum of understanding for design cooperation.
By 2003, the International Forum Design launched the iF design award China in recognition of an increasingly important discipline in China: good design combined with entrepreneurial courage, economic thinking and a responsible attitude towards design. iF design award invites all manufacturers, designers and architects from Greater China (or with a branch office) to submit their products. Categories include Communication & Entertainment, Buildings, Households & Home, Lighting, Packaging Design, Public Design, Interior Design and Graphic & Corporate Design - Digital and Print. Five Philips products (Philips 9FF2 Series Digital PhotoFrame, Philips micro Hi-Fi system MC108, Philips 190CW8 LCD Monitor, Philips 220XW8 LCD Monitor and Philips in-ear noise cancelling headphones SHN7500) have won iF design awards China 2007.
Designed in China is a new competition launched by 100% Design Shanghai, which will take place at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in October 2009. The competition will result in The Rado Young Design Prize, which will be given to two designers - one student, one young professional - with the ambition to bring their winning design to the global market. The Designed in China competition aims to present original works that express China's creative potential in the realm of interior design.
Guangzhou Design Week, annual international event was established in 2006 to promote independent innovation and original design. In 2007 three awards were being distributed at the Design Week: (1) KAPOK PRIZE – China original Product Design Awards; (2) All Branding Communication Design Awards 2007; and (3) JIN YANG PRIZE 2006-Top 10 Designers in Guangzhou Strategy & communication. The winners were not awarded a cash prize, instead received a cup and an award certificate.
Graphic Design in China (GDC) is the first global comprehensive design competition in China, held every two years. Founded by Shenzhen Graphic Design Association in 1992, GDC 09 includes competitions, forums, lectures, award ceremony and series of exhibitions. The competition categories cover Graphic, Advertising, Interactive, Product, Environmental and Hybrid. It will become the most influential, the highest level, the most comprehensive and authoritative Design Biennale in Asia-Pacific Region. GDC 09 is co-organized by the SDGA Shenzhen Graphic Design Association and the OCT Art & Design Gallery. Jury includes Irma Boom (Book Designer — Amsterdam), Max Bruinsma (Editorial designer, Items – Amsterdam) and Thomas Castro (Interactive Designer, Lust The Hague).