|Organizer:||Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP)|
|Supported by:||Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Small and Medium Enterprise Agency / Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) / ASEAN-Japan Centre / Nikkei Inc. / NHK / World Design Organization|
Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Small and Medium Enterprise Agency / Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) / ASEAN-Japan Centre / Nikkei Inc. / NHK / World Design Organization
Key dates for entry
- April 2
- Open for Entries
- June 2
- Entry Deadline, Due Date of Submission for Application Confirmation Form
First Screening Period
- June 3 - July 1
- First Screening Period
- June 22
- Deadline for Payment of First Screening Fee
- July 2
- Notification of the First Screening Results
Second Screening Period
- July 2 - July 9
- Registration Period of the Second Screening Information
- July 10 - September 3
- Second Screening Period
- August 17
- Second Screening Installation Date
- August 18 - 20
- Japan: Second Screening Panel (venue: AICHI SKY EXPO, Aichi)
- August 21
- Private Viewing / Second Screening Dismantlement Date
- August 25
- Deadline for Payment of Second Screening Fee
- September 4
- Notification of the Second Screening Results
- September 4 - 11
- Registration Period of the Award Acceptance Information
- September 16
- Deadline for Letter of Consent (if applicable)
Announcement / Promotion
- October 1
- Announcement of Award Winners
- October 1 - November 3
- Good Design Award PR Period
- October 8
- Good Design Best100 Presentation(Closed) / Special Awards Screening Panel(Closed) (venue: Tokyo Midtown)
- October 16
- Deadline for Payment of Award Package Fee
- October 30
- Good Design Award Ceremony(Canceled) / Grand Award Election / Announcement of Special Awards
- October 30 - November 3
- GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2020(Canceled)
- Good Design Special Awards Ceremony(Canceled)
- March 2021
- Publication of the Yearbook
All amounts include taxes. Each amount indicates the amount per screened item.
|All subject |
|Mandatory||First screening fee||JPY 11,000||Jun.22||June 2|
|Mandatory||Second screening fee||JPY 58,300||Aug.25||Jul.9|
|Optional||Screening fee for|
|Display table||JPY 6,600|
(per sq. m.)
and usage fees
(only for entries
|Other options |
(panel stands, etc.)
|To be specified|
|On-Site screening fee||Actual cost|
|To be specified|
|Mandatory||Award package fee
* The [Award package fee] includes:
Publication in Good Design Award Yearbook 2020
and Good Design Award Website’s Online Gallery,
a complimentary copy of the yearbook,
a complimentary certificate,
and promotional opportunities.
|JPY 88,000||Oct. 16||Sep. 11|
|June 22||June 2|
(per sq. m.)
and usage fees
(only for entries
(panel stands, etc.)
/To be specified
|On-Site screening fee|
|To be |
|Award package fee
* The [Award package fee] includes:
Publication in Good Design Award Yearbook 2020
and Good Design Award Website’s Online Gallery,
a complimentary copy of the yearbook,
a complimentary certificate,
and promotional opportunities.
* Rough estimate of costs from entry to winning award:
First screening fee (11,000 yen) + second screening fee (58,300 yen) + award package fee (88,000 yen) = Total (157,300 yen)
* If you use G Mark after you won the award, you have to apply & pay for the G Mark license fee. See G Mark Usage Rules for details.
* In case you withdraw your entry after each appointed date, you have to pay your screening fee/award package fee.
* In case you don't pay each fee before the deadline, your entry shall be disqualified.
Good Design Award consists of Good Design Award together with Good Design Grand Award, Good Design Gold Award, and Good Focus Awards selected from all award winners.
Good Design Award is presented to entries recognized as excellent designs from among all screened items, and then 100 winners with superior designs are chosen as Good Design Best100.
Next, the Judging Committee chooses winners of Good Design Gold Award and Good Focus Awards as well as candidates for Good Design Grand Award (aka Finalist) from the Good Design Best100.
The winner of Good Design Grand Award is chosen from the finalists for that award voting by the judges, Good Design award winners, and others.
See here for details of the types of awards.
Concept of entry categories
With the advancement of an information-technology society, many subjects of design are shifting toward comprehensive total design that includes not just practical, tangible form but also a wide range of systems, structures, and other intangibles for maintaining various relations. As a result, it is expected that for numerous entries it will be difficult to choose a single category for entry.
In screening of the Good Design Award, the entry category is considered a statement by the applicant regarding the point of view from which the subject entry should be judged. Accordingly, applicants are requested to choose entry categories reflecting the perspectives that they would like to stress most for their entries.
However, during the screening process an entry may be judged as part of a unit that differs from the chosen category, as deemed appropriate by the Judging Committee.
List of Category for Entry
See here for the specific subjects of each category.
01-01 Accessories and personal items contact lens, eyeglasses, mask, accessories, watch, wallet, card holder, shoes/sandals, slippers, backpack/bag/suitcase, artificial limb, wig 01-02 Clothing hat, clothing, clothing accessories 01-03 Smart watch
02-01 Health care items sphygmomanometer, thermometer, massage goods/chair, EMS, activity monitor, pedometer, fitness equipment, WBGT monitor, alcometer 02-02 Sanitary goods toothbrush, household dental hygiene products, adult diaper, shaver, nail clipper, ear pick, comb, shaving things, razor, dryer, tissue, towel, bath mat, laundry net, detergent, cleaning sponge, shampoo, body care goods, bath goods, portable toilet, hot water bottle, body odor measuring instrument, breath checker 02-03 Beauty care equipment and instrument makeup tools, facial roller, perm rods, beauty device, hair iron, hair dryer
03-01 Childcare goods and accessories diaper, baby sling, swaddle, babywear, pacifier, mother's bag 03-02 Household childcare items baby stroller, potty, baby bath, baby bed, baby food, breast pump, baby bottle, baby tableware, chairs for children 03-03 Stationery and office supplies pen, mechanical pencil, notebook, diary, glue, scissors, cutter, stapler, adhesive tape, tape cutter, correction fluid/correction tape, seal, ink-pad, ruler, calculator, envelop, sticky note, book stand, book cover, picture flame, painting tools(paints, pallets, crayons), calendar, slip, file binder, clip, laser pointer, scientific calculator, cutting machine, bookbinding tool, drawing tool, photographic paper, whiteboard, label printer 03-04 Teaching materials and educational supplies intellectual toy, teaching materials, textbook/reference book, picture book, dictionary, educational tool, magnifying glass, microscope, flask, beaker 03-05 Toys toy, doll, stuffed toy, building blocks, board game, minicar, plastic model
04-01 Sporting goods bat, ball, shin pad, golf club, yoga mat, training equipment, referee stand, field marking tool, sports eyewear, swimming goggles, sports shoes, jump ropes 04-02 Leisure/Outdoor/Travel goods picnic blanket, cooler box, tent, lantern, BBQ grill, trekking pole, outdoor chair/table, compass, binoculars, sleeping bag, folding knife, outdoor burner, outdoor cookware, travel goods 04-03 Hobby goods and pet care supplies fishing rod, reel, handicraft tool, leash, pet toilet, aquarium, cat tower, grooming brush, pet monitor camera, individual identification badge 04-04 Accessories for smartphones, personal computers and cameras mobile battery, smartphone case, tablet computer case, tripod, camera stabilizer, camera sling, camera bag, selfie stick, OA tap 04-05 Garden tools flower vase, flower pot, planter, watering pot, hose reel, watering nozzle, pruning scissors, scoop, indoor plant factory 04-06 Audio equipment and music instruments headphone, earphone, loudspeaker, audio player, amplifier, music instrument(piano, guitar, etc), stereo system, home sound system
05-01 Kitchen goods, cookware, tableware and cutlery pot, frying pan, cleaning item for kitchen, kitchen knife, kitchen scissors, ladle, tong, turner, slicer, sieve, mixing bowl, long chopsticks for cooking, chopsticks, cutlery, glass, cup, dish, bowl, small bowl, tray, water bottle, tea utensil, lunch box, seasoning container, measuring spoon 05-02 Daily necessities umbrella, fan, snow remover, sewing kit, (seat) cushion, mat, carpet, trash can, hanger, flashlight, table clock/wall clock, insecticide, aroma diffuser 05-03 Cooking appliances rice cooker, microwave oven, food processor, hot plate, mixer, blender, juicer, electric kettle, coffee maker, toaster, IH cooker
06-01 Home furniture chair, sofa, table, desk, partition, hanger pole, laundry pole, storage case, shelf, storage furniture, wardrobe, drawer, bed 06-02 Cleaning goods broom, dustpan, duster, mop, cleaning brush 06-03 Household nursing and rehabilitation equipment hearing aid, wheelchair, walker, nursing care food, hospital food, nursing bed, patient positioner, walking stick, rollator, portable toilet for nursing care 06-04 Emergency supplies disaster prevention hood and helmet, emergency kit / disaster prevention set, emergency food, preserved food, emergency toilet kit, disaster prevention lantern 06-05 Bedclothes futon, bed sheets, mattress, pillow, blanket 06-06 Religious supplies Buddhist altar and instrument, Shinto altar and instrument, plate for piled salt, rosary, urn, tomb stone
07-01 Home appliances digital photo frame, vacuum cleaner, washing machine, refrigerator, home cleaning machine, dishwasher / dryer, water purifier, sewing machine, iron, high pressure washer, deodorizing machine 07-02 Air conditioning appliances air cleaner, humidifier, electrical fan, electric stove, heater / fan heater, electric warmer, hot carpets, cooler
08-01 Cameras, mobile phones and tablets tablet PC, camera, video camera, telephone, mobile phone, smart phone, communication mobile terminal, camera lens, strobe 08-02 Video equipment TV, monitor, media player, VR headset 08-03 Broadcast and sound equipment for professional use mixing console, multi-track recorder, switcher, loudspeaker for professional use, microphone for professional use, power amplifier for professional use, wireless microphone system, sound processor, video camera for professional use
09-01 ICT equipment for the general public desktop PC, notebook PC, mouse, keyboard, stylus, printer, scanner, projector, NAS, hard disk, network device, router, switching hub, translator, smart speaker, AI speaker, security device / camera 09-02 ICT equipment for professional use emergency communication system, security camera, computer for professional use, telephone for professional use, monitor/projector for professional use, transceiver, printer for professional use, composite printer
10-01 Accessories and personal items for professional use fingerstall, nameplate, armband, dust mask, dust goggles, work gloves, cotton work gloves, insulating gloves, helmet, life jacket, safety vest, work clothes, white coat, work shoes, safety shoes, lanyard, safety belt, earmuffs 10-02 Working tools and instruments pliers, nipper, screwdriver, saw, small work items, spray, paint, tool holder, vise, jig, electric tool, packing materials, cardboard box, guide baton, hand truck, floodlight, cleaning gun, ladder, stepladder, level 10-03 Agricultural tools and equipment hoe, sickle, rake, mortar, lawnmower, hedge trimmer, cultivator, huller, threshing machine, rice polishing machine, weighing machine, furrow coating machine, drone for agricultural use 10-04 Equipment and facilities for production and manufacturing data logger, control equipment, digital micrometer, current probe, measuring equipment, surveying machine, indicator, FA equipment, programmable controller, actuator, industrial robot, processor, machining center, semiconductor manufacturing device, scaffold, wheel loader, printing press, container, belt conveyor, automatic carrier, nondestructive inspection device, injection molding machine 10-05 Medical equipment and facilities injector, intravenous drip, medicine, stent, surgical instrument, stretcher, biomonitoring, washer, suction machine, therapeutic instrument, nurse call button, medical cart, examination table, medical furniture, hospital facility, inspection and diagnostic equipment(ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, MRI, CT scan, x-ray device, etc), analyzer, packing machine for medicine, medical bed, medical protective glasses, low frequency treatment device, household medical instrument and device, household medicine, inhaler (nebulizer), blood glucose level measuring device, insulin syringe 10-06 Materials and parts sheet materials, paper, block, ceramic materials, glass materials, plastic materials, coating 10-07 Manufacturing and production technique processing method, manufacturing method, constructing method, transportation technique 10-08 Equipment and facilities for research and experiment pipette, electronic balance, agitator, homogenizer, gas chromatography, x-ray fluorescence spectrometer, biochemical automatic analyzer, fume hood, environmental test equipment, durability test device, accelerator, radio telescope 10-09 Other product for medical use and manufacturing
11-01 House lighting appliances light bulb, ceiling light, pendant light, desk lamp, floor lamp, stand lamp, sensor light 11-02 House air conditioning machines/fixtures air conditioner, air vent 11-03 House building materials/fixtures architectural hardware, building material, fixtures, stairs, sash/window, door handle 11-04 House interior materials curtain, blinds, rolling screen, wallpaper 11-05 House exterior materials roofing materials, garage, doorplate, postbox, rain gutter, wood deck, terrace, sunshade, shelter, interphone 11-06 Kitchen fixtures range hood and ventilator, water heater, remote controller for water heater, sink, built-in stove 11-07 Bathroom and wet area wash basin, shower, bathtub, toilet bowl / toilet seat, water purification device, faucet, modular bathroom" 11-08 House machines/fixtures elevator for home, escalator for home, digital lock, smart lock, home delivery locker box, fire alarm, home electricity storage system
12-01 Furniture for shop, office, public space office chair, office table, desk wagon, storage shelf, cabinet rack, locker, storage system, partition, reception office furniture, work station, office ceiling light 12-02 Display furniture for shop and public space ticket vending machine, automatic ticket check, ATM, sign board, digital signage, pachinko game equipment, display fixture, plant factory for shop 12-03 Equipment and facilities for public space automatic door, fire alarm, evacuation guide, chair and desk for educational facility, lounge sofa, telephone booth, security gate, dust box for public, portable toilet for public, washbasin for public facility, stairs for public facility, bollard, fence, street light, sign board, electric pole, curved mirror, moveable fence, street furniture, spectator seat, braille tile, pavement, playground equipment for park, elevator, escalator, planetarium floodlight 12-04 Kitchen equipment and facilities for professional use cylindrical pan, steamer, fryer, Chinese frying pan, hotel pan and food pan, kitchen pot, frying pan for professional use, bowl for professional use, kitchen knife for professional use, other kitchen utensils for professional use, banquet ware, food tray, bus box, oven for pizza, refrigerator for professional use, wine cellar for professional use, dishwasher for professional use, water heater for professional use, kitchen, towel warmer, ice machine, refrigerating stocker 12-05 Equipment and facilities for professional use cash register counter, receipt printer, POS terminal, handy terminal, barcode scanner, cash drawer, counting scale, settlement terminal, register, side ditch cover, manhole cover, distribution board, earthquake sensor, water quantity measuring instrument, solar cell array stand, fence for construction work, fire hydrant, construction sign, safety flag, color cone, barricade, lighting for construction work site, bookcase, base station, power transmission tower, wind power generator, lighting appliances for professional use, ceiling embedded air conditioner, air conditioning equipment and facilities for professional use 12-06 Building materials and equipment for commercial space monitoring camera unit, security box, monitoring control system, management system, control panel, interphone for commercial/professional use, shutter
13-01 Passenger car, Passenger car-related instruments passenger car for home use, car tire, car navigation system, dash cam, car audio system, car stopper, child seat, car speaker system 13-02 Commercial vehicle, Commercial vehicle-related instruments taxi, bus, truck, construction vehicle(crane truck, etc), farm vehicle(tractor, etc), amphibious vehicle, fire engine, other vehicle for specific use(snowplow, etc), car tire for commercial vehicle, car navigation system for commercial vehicle, dash cam for commercial vehicle, wheel balancer, safe driving support instrument/system 13-03 Motorbike, Motorbike-related instruments motorbike for private/commercial use, tire for motorbike, speedometer, helmet, glove, riding wear 13-04 Personal mobility and bicycle, Personal mobility and bicycle-related instruments personal mobility and bicycle, bicycle light, cycle computer / speedometer, riding wear 13-05 Railway, Shipping, Aircraft railway vehicle, equipment and facility for railway, system and service for railway or railway operation, yacht, motorboat, water motorbikes, cruiser, passenger ship, cargo ship, boat for special use, equipment and facility for shipping, rocket, aircraft, airship, helicopter, drone for transportation, equipment and facility for aircraft 13-06 Transportation system and service (logistics / physical distribution) transportation system and service, logistic system and service, traffic management system,
14-01 Commercial/industrialized housing 14-02 Detached house 14-03 Cohousing housing for specific purpose(shared house, nursing home, student dormitory, etc). 14-04 Small sized housing complex small sized housing complex(less than 20 dwelling units) 14-05 Construction method for housing construction method for housing, structural member for housing, seismic isolation structure for housing 14-06 Service and system for detached and small-sized housing /HEMS(Home Energy Management System) exhibition hall for housing
15-01 Medium/large sized housing complex medium to large sized housing complex(20 dwelling units or more) 15-02 Service and system for housing complex/HEMS(Home Energy Management System) service for residents of housing complex, service to support purchase and design of housing, housing value creation service, estate development
16-01 Construction/space design for industry construction/space design/sign system for office, research and development institute, factory, industrial complex, warehouse, distribution center, container yard, power plant, production facility, facility and space for management and control, etc. 16-02 Construction/space design for commercial use construction/space design/sign system/exhibition space, space effect, lighting plan, VMD (visual merchandising), chapel, stall for commercial complex, shopping center, shop, showroom, hotel and accommodation, cinema, theater and other amusement facilities
17-01 Construction/space design for public facility construction/space design/sign system/pictogram for government building, educational facility, medical/welfare facility, museum, library, cultural exchange facility, post office, bank, financial facility, airport, station building, religious facility, zoo, aquarium, observation deck, tourist facility, gymnasium, stadium, arena, etc. 17-02 Landscape, civil engineering structures landscape, environmental design, park, square, road, traffic terminal, bridge, tower, harbor/river maintenance, dam, embankment, tunnel, junction, water channel, water and sewage infrastructure 17-03 Block and community development city block development, urban development, community/regional development, urban planning 17-04 Construction method for industry, commercial, public facility structure, structural member, building method, civil engineering method, demolition method
18-01 Media magazine, website, free paper magazine, local government's journal, regional PR magazine 18-02 Contents for the general public book, electronic book, TV program, video game, advertisement, promotion planning, promotion and advertising event, corporate PR, regional tourism map, regional promotion campaign, music video, AR contents, VR contents, live viewing, infographic 18-03 Contents for business in-house information dissemination media, in-house journal, new product presentation, brand management manual, operation guideline, service manual 18-04 Method for advertising/PR advertisement contents, PR contents, PR method 18-05 Exhibition / display exhibition, exhibition booth, display, projection mapping, video installation 18-06 Branding / CI / VI branding, CI (Corporate Identity), VI (Visual Identity) 18-07 Font web font, digital font, brand font, font service 18-08 Packaging for the general public drink and food package, packaging container for food and drink, product package, package and container design for daily necessities, cosmetic package, package for drug and medicine, CD jacket 18-09 Packaging for professional use package for transportation, packaging container, shelf-ready packaging
19-01 Application, software for the general public / apps for smartphones and tablets video editing software, educational app/software, automatic translation program, household account app, map app, SNS, coworking tool, travel app, home medical support app, personal finance app, photo app 19-02 System/service for the general public loss prevention device, child care support service, care support service, crime prevention system, education system, community-based integrated care system, repair service, watching service, location search service, photo gift service, bookbinding service, processing service, mileage service, room access management system, search system, matching service, navigation service 19-03 Insurance/financial service and system asset management system, insurance contract service, financial product management system 19-04 Software for professional use CAD software, software for development, medical software, customer management application, profit optimization tool, accommodation management system, image analysis software, business data management application, store management tool, team management application, business improvement application 19-05 System/service for professional use employee management system, coin parking system, data visualization system, data analysis service, customer management service, aseptic system, FA system, logistics system, POS system, order system, ASP service, telemedicine system, electronic medical record system, library search system , EMS (Electronics Manufacturing Service), organization improvement system 19-06 Business model advertisement model, tie-up model, license model, cooperation model, matching model, franchise model, crowdfunding service 19-07 Social infrastructure system / infrastructure water and sewage system, power generation system, smart grid, eco system, certificate system, disaster risk management system, medical cooperation system, tax payment system
20-01 Project and activity for the general public cultural support, poverty assistance, childbirth/child care support 20-02 Regional/community development activity for promotion of regional exchange, activity for conservation of community resources, educational promotion and support activity, environmental conservation activity, support for developing countries, activity for creation of recycling society, activity for community development, festival planning, event planning, social business, municipal system, community platform, regional revitalization project 20-03 Awareness improvement for individual and public activity for improving awareness of disaster prevention, work experience workshop, experience-based learning program, reconstruction support activity, cultural awareness campaign 20-04 Awareness improvement, management method and project for industry improvement of working style, improvement of work flow, job awareness reform, organizational reform, organization and team building method, employment system, working rules, employment creation support, business start-up support, technical support for developing countries, dispatch of engineer, free provision of patent, coworking space, work space 20-05 Social contribution 20-06 Education/promotion/support method education program, education support program, housing support program, regional exchange program, volunteer support program, technical training system, skill sharing service, workshop program 20-07 Research and development method survey method, analysis method, idea creation method, academic-industry cooperation research and development, PBL(project based learning), open source development
Applicant is required to submit entry information on the "entry site" as follows.
Please make the information straightforward and clear so that the Judging Committee can understand the entry properly.
- For information registered in English, every space, punctuation mark and letter will be counted as one character.
- The item with the “(REL)” will be released for award winning objects. A period during which the award winners can edit and modify the information will be set before the public announcement of award winners.
A downloadable file is also available from the following link:
Entry Form for Good Design Award (Sample) (Excel / 100KB)
1. Basic Information
The most basic information about the entry to be filled in.
1-1. Entry information
- Category of the entry (REL) *
Choose one from: "Category for Entry"
- General name of the entry (REL, within 50 characters) *(e.g. watch, chair, Notebook PC, etc.)
- Proper (Unique) name of the entry (REL, within 150 characters) *
- Applicant (REL, within 100 characters) *(Name of company or individual)
Applicant name will be shown as the award winner.
- Business owner (REL, within 100 characters) *(Name of company or individual)
1-2. Designer information
Enter the names of people in the three roles of design production, direction, and design work itself.
(e.g. Taro Nihon, Jiro Nihon, Product design div./Saburo Nihon, Product planning div., JDP Co., Ltd. + Kate Smith, Dogu Design) Please fill in at least once section.
- Producer (REL, within 200 characters) *
- Director (REL, within 200 characters) *
- Designer (REL, within 200 characters) *
Specification (REL, within 300 characters) *
Please specify the measurement of the entry.
- Product: dimension, weight, material of the entry
- Software: user target, platform, user environment of the entry
- Service, activity: user target, platform of the entry
- Architecture: area dimension (site area, total floor space), main frame structure, number of the floor
Market release/launch/opening date (REL) *
- On Sale / To be on sale / Launched
- Others (Within 100 characters)
- Date YYYY/MM/DD
- Show the year and month only
Sales area or construction site (REL)
- Japan Market
- Outside of Japan
- Both inside & outside of Japan
Retail price or total project cost (REL if it is retail price) *
- For commercial products, enter the retail price. For other entries, enter the total cost of the project.
- If there is one price only, enter the price in the left field only. If there is a range of the price, enter the lowest and highest prices.
- If no suggested retail price has been set, select "Open price" and enter the market price in the price field.
- For commercial products that have not yet been released, enter the estimated price.
- If you choose "Open price", total project cost and the market price, it will not be released.
- Retail Price
- Total Project Cost
- Price [ ] (- [ ] )(Select Currency [JPY] [CNY] [TWD] [KRW] [USD] [EUR] )
- Open Price
URL of the entry's information
(REL, within 200 characters)
Image for screening/Publications:
* If an entry is awarded, you can change the image before publishing.
* Images must be JPEG format (RGB), 350dpi or short side is not less than 190mm , either square or rectangular.
* Each image and PDF files can be up to 2MB.
* Filename of image should be in half-width alphanumeric, with extension ('.jpg' '.pdf').
* PDF files can be uploaded only to "supplemental materials".
* When using in the yearbook, images may be retouched / cropped for tone adjustment.
- Photo1: Main picture (JPEG format) REL *
It is also used as an image for awards annual journal and for web publishing photos.
- Photo2: Picture describes its usage, etc (JPEG format)
- Photo3: Picture describes its focal point of the design, etc (JPEG format)
- Portrait of Designer (JPEG format) REL
- Supplemental material: other necessary pictures or data (JPEG format or PDF file)
- Photo for yearbook (JPEG format) REL
Video for screening:
* Especially, entry’s targets to be applied are:
- BtoB products (category "10: Industry / Medical Equipment / Facility")
- Smartphone / tablet applications
must prepare movies showing installation, operation, usage etc.
- If a video already exists on the web, please fill in the link destination below.
- Video length should be 1 minute or less, file size should be 100 MB or less, .mp4 format.
For image screen resolution, 1280 x 720 (720 p) is recommended.
- If you have a movie on a video hosting website like YouTube or Vimeo, please enter its link.
- Video title 1
- Video title 2
2. Information for screening
2-1. Outline of the entry
Please describe the summary of the entry clearly (Whole design, the design for whom, etc.).
The most remarkable points (within 100 characters each)*
Please elaborate the notable features within 3 points. (e.g. purpose, method, way to achieve, effect, utility obtained)
The reason/background the design was invented (REL, with 800 characters)*
Please describe the social background, market trend or any reason to devise the design.
Background and achievement of design realization (REL, within 800 characters)*
Please describe concretely the goal, what you invented, devised and achieved by its design.
2-2. The supplementary information of the entry
Any improved features, difference between the competitors or similar products (within 800 characters)
In the case the entry is updated model of the existing products, please elaborate the remarkable points of the improvement. If there are competitors or similar products already in the market, please describe the difference from them.
Any track records or other features(within 800 characters)
Describe the track record of the entry such as sales record, activity history, duration of the production or any other features which are not mentioned yet.
Free field (within 800 characters)
Please describe the features of the targets that you have not filled in so far, the points you want to convey as parties, if there are thoughts of designers.
3. Management Information
3-1. Intellectual property / related laws / relation between previous Good Design Award winners
- About Intellectual Property and Related Law
- Registration no. of industrial property right (e.g. patent, deign registration) or application no. in Japan (within 200 characters)
- Relation between Your Previous Good Design Awards
- Relation between your previous Good Design Award winners, if any (e.g. award number, within 200 characters)
3-2. Information to be released
- The information of your entry can be released on October 1st, the official award announcement day? *
The information of awarded items will be released on our website and press announcement as of October 1.
- Release on October 1 / Do not release on October 1
In case you would like to withhold the release, please specify the date. The date must be before October 30, 2020. If you do not fill in specific "Information release date", we will release your information from October 1, 2020.
- Creative Commons *
JDP will release the part of your entry information under the condition of 'Attribution- No Derivative Works'based on Creative Commons rules.
- Please check either "Approve" or "Do not approve" it.
- Marketing Information
- Where the users can purchase or find the awarded item, epresentative location (REL, within 100 characters)
- Title and URL of the location (REL, within 100 characters for title and 160 characters for URL)
- Takashi Ashitomi
- Product Designer
- Seiichi Saito
- Creative Director
U.L.: Uniit Leader F.I.D.: Focused Issues Directors
The Good Design Award considers design to be the act of thinking chiefly about human beings at all times, identifying goals, and planning and realizing those goals. Accordingly, screening of the Good Design Award is conducted by asking about past developments, such as the backgrounds and processes of entry designs, observing the actual entry in person, and asking whether the design can be expected to enrich live and society from the perspective of the near future.
Screening of the Good Design Award stresses whether a subject entry design can be expected to serve as a positive model in the society of the future. For this reason, screening is based on comprehensive, balanced judgment from the following viewpoints of whether the subject entry represents a good design based on multifaceted thinking from a wide range of perspectives.
- Whether due considerations, including usability, understandability, and friendliness, etc., are given to users
- Whether various considerations, including safety, security, environment, physically weak persons, etc., are given to maintain the credibility
- Whether the design gains sympathy of users
- Whether the design has attractiveness and induces users’ creativity
- Whether issues are skillfully solved by using new technology and materials or through creativity
- Whether the item is reasonably designed or planned with appropriate technology, method, and quality
- Whether the item contributes to the creation of new industry or business
- Whether the item contributes to the creation of new culture, such as a new method, lifestyle, communication, etc.
- Whether the item contributes to the realization of the sustainable society
- Whether the item suggests new value, such as a new method, concept, style, etc. to society
- Whether the item puts past contexts and accumulated achievements to propose new value.
- Whether the item proposes a highly sustainable solution from medium- and long-term perspectives.
- Whether the item represents continual improvements in accordance with the times.
The screening for the Good Design Award is conducted through various processes. Regarding these processes, we release the "Judges' Tutorial Book" which is distributed to the judges for the purpose of increasing the credibility of the screening. Please refer to the item below.
2020 Focused Issues
Focused Issues is an attempt to explore and show the potential social impact of design, through the lens of Good Design Award.
With the increasing expectation for the potential roles of design in solving social issues, Good Design Award has recognized variously valuable designs, from those that directly lead to solutions, those equipped with elements and possibilities that contribute to problem solving, to designs that have promising power to build the society to come. By interpreting the intentions embedded in such designs and manifesting their significance, Focused Issues aims to raise the presence of design in our society.
Focused Issues Directors are appointed from the jury members of Good Design Award. Serving as jury members at same time, directors will carry out the screening in light of the themes that they are in charge of. In this year, directors set the following themes from their own perspectives, considering the current situation of design and social conditions. During the process, they will also have conversations with the designers and other jury members, to identify the point of the design and depict the perspectives from which the design can be seen clearly and thoroughly. The output will be verbalized in Focused Issues and be widely transmitted to the public, as the remarks of the Directors and the keywords of Good Design Award.
2020 Focused Issues Theme / Director
Design for weaving systems together
In a mature society like Japan, we need to take a fresh look at various existing resources, including culture, customs, and people, so that we can create new value for the next generation. At the same time, the coronavirus crisis has brought an acute awareness of the degree to which existing systems have become warped throughout society, with approaches to producing goods, social systems, and community networks becoming unsustainable. Now would seem to be exactly the right time to think about restructuring systems by combining new cultures and technologies.
I hope that we can boost the potential of design that enables a diverse array of people to continually produce new value together, while cultivating the environment we have now, combining different systems with each other, and constantly updating them.
Design for expanding relationships
One of the questions that design is expected to answer is “Can it solve problems?” This point is crucial to us in maintaining cultured lives and our very existence. Many issues that are hard to tackle singlehandedly can be solved if large numbers of people and groups gradually reach out and create a broader network of relationships. However, it is very difficult to ensure the sustainability required to make even more people notice issues, capture their interest and attention, and keep reaching out to others. That is where design is expected to help. Design that serves as a means of solving problems that cannot be dealt with by the economy or politics is "Design for expanding relationships."
Design for creating a place for distanced people
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I have begun to think that we need to be bolder and more sensitive in our thinking about not only spaces accessible to anyone, but also everything from smaller places that bring individuals together to those that forge links between minorities or people with specific interests. This is the kind of design that supports the lives of people who are not so visible to those on the outside, including elderly people, people with disabilities, and children needing protective care. It was this that inspired the phrase “Design for creating a place for distanced people.” There is a world in which we try to protect what is familiar and close to us and one in which people argue with strangers on social media. I want to think about the places where we live our lives in a complex world where facts are intermingled with fakes.
Design for improving the environment
With economic activity having been brought to a standstill worldwide by the coronavirus crisis, all of humanity has had to change most of our behaviors. However, at the same time, the pandemic has provided us with glimpses of what a world in which environmental problems had been remedied would look like, such as the restoration of the emerald green hue of Venice’s canals and the air quality improvements in India that enabled the Himalayas to be seen clearly from 200 km away for the first time in decades. According to British environmental publication Carbon Brief, greenhouse gas emissions fell by 1.6 billion tons year on year in 2020 (equivalent to reducing the number of cars by about 350 million). However, this falls far short of the goal of cutting emissions by 2.2 billion tons per year, which is the benchmark for stemming the tide of dangerous climate change. Not only the economy, but also the venues for creation and production are shifting into virtual spaces, where they had previously been dependent on physical locations, with the intervention of online production set to accelerate the implementation of mechanisms designed with environmental problems in mind. I want to undertake an in-depth examination of new mechanisms and approaches to physical objects in an age like this.
Design serving as a guidepost pointing the way to a new society
A matter of concern for every single person across the globe, the novel coronavirus is the first common threat to be experienced by humanity. Even people who had merely observed wars, disasters, and nuclear power plant accidents from the sidelines have now been given an opportunity to take a look at the way they live by something that affects them directly. Once the prevailing wisdom is no longer applicable, what directions and routes will people take? What kind of future will they face? The SDGs are important, of course, aren’t they? Which way will society and people move? What paths will they take? It is precisely at a time when what lies ahead is unclear that we need a compass. I believe that design serving as a guidepost will give us the courage to embark on our journey toward the future.
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