|Organizer:||Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP)|
|Auspices(TBD):||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 Center / Nikkei Inc. / The Yomiuri Shimbun / NHK|
The annual schedule of the Good Design Awards is provided below.
- April 5 (Wed)
- Open to call for entry
- May 31 (Wed)
- Deadline for entry registration
- June 7 (Wed)
- Deadline for submittal of Application Confirmation Form
- June 8 (Thu) - 28 (Wed)
- First screening period
- June 20 (Tue)
- Deadline for payment of first screening fee
- June 29 (Thu)
- Notification of first screening results
- June 29 (Thu) - July 6 (Wed)
- Registration of information for the second screening
- July 7 (Fri) - September 5 (Tue)
- Second screening period
- August 1 (Tue) - 3 (Thu)
- Japan: Second screening and screening of actual entries
(venue: Tokyo Big Sight)
- Taiwan: Second screening and screening of actual entries
(venue: to be advised)
- August 8 (Tue) - 9 (Wed)
- Korea: Second screening and screening of actual entries
(venue: Korea Design Center)
- Hong Kong (China): Second screening and screening of actual entries
(venue: to be advised)
- August 24 (Thu)
- Deadline for payment of second screening fee
- September 6 (Wed)
- Notification of second screening results
- September 6 (Wed) - 13 (Wed)
- Registration of information for the Good Design Award and Exhibition
- September 13 (Wed)
- Deadline for submittal of Letter of Consent
- October 4 (Wed)
- Announcement of award winners
- October 4 (Wed) - Nov 5 (Sun)
- Good Design Award PR period
- October 20 (Fri)
- Deadline for payment of exhibition fee and Yearbook publication fee
- November 1 (Wed) - 5 (Sun)
- Good Design Exhibition 2017 (G Exhibition) (venues: Tokyo Midtown, etc.)
- November 1 (Wed)
- Good Design Award Ceremony, Selection of the Grand Award winner (venue: GRAND HYATT TOKYO)
- Good Design Special Awards Ceremony (venue: International House of Japan)
- March 2018
- Yearbook publication
All amounts include taxes. Each amount indicates the amount per screened item.
|All subject |
|Required||First screening fee||10,800 yen||Entries from Japan: |
July 10 (Mon)
Entries from overseas:
June 20 (Tue)
|June 7 (Wed)|
|Required||Second screening fee||57,240 yen||August 24 (Thu)||July 6 (Thu)|
|Optional||Screening fee for |
|Display table||6,480 yen|
(per sq. m.)
and usage fees
|Actual cost |
(only for entries
|Other options |
(panel stands, etc.)
|To be specified|
|On-Site screening fee||Actual cost(travel expenses|
|To be specified|
|All award |
|Required||Award ceremony |
(basic exhibition fee)
|124,200 yen||October 20 (Fri)||September 13 |
|Optional||Optional award |
|Actual cost |
Note: Rough estimate of costs from entry to winning award:
First screening fee (10,800 yen) + second screening fee (57,240 yen) + award ceremony exhibition fee (124,200 yen) + yearbook publication fee (32,400 yen) = Total (224,640 yen)
The Good Design Award consists of the Good Design Award together with the Good Design Grand Award, Good Design Gold Award, and Good Design Special Awards selected from all award winning objects.
The 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 the Good Design Best 100.
Next, the Judging Committee chooses winners of the Good Design Gold Award and Good Design Special Awards as well as candidates for the Good Design Grand Award from the Good Design Best 100.
The winner of the Good Design Grand Award is chosen from the candidates for that award 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.
Classification of category for entry
Category for entry consists of the matrix, the "user by which the subject is used (user)" and the "main functionality of the subject (layer)".
Expected users are classified into two as follows:
For individuals and the public
Subject entries are classified into five "layers" based on the major morphological characteristics that the design of the subjects could have.
|Tangible||1. Product||An item that has form|
|2. Space||A space consisting of various elements that have form|
|Intangible||3. Media||A medium for communication that does not have form|
|4. System||An item in which multiple elements are systematically configured to achieve objectives in a comprehensive manner|
|5. Activity||A general term for various efforts to achieve a specific objective|
List of Category for Entry
See here for the specific subjects of each category.
|A. For individuals
and the public
be put on
a daily basis
|A1-06||Kitchen utensils||B1-06||Kitchen equipment
for commercial use
facilities for research,
|A1-09||Household goods and
for daily life
leisure, hobbies and
for commercial use
equipment for public
|A1-15||Furniture for shop
|B1-15||Shop furniture for
and equipment for
|A1-16||Equipment for public
furniture for public
for commercial use
|Furniture||A1-17||Furniture for daily
life and lighting
appliances for home
|A1-18||Fixtures for housing||B1-18||Fixture for
for shop and
|B2-01||Space and interior
for business use
|other housing and
facilities for public
|A2-04||Block and community
and media contents
|B3-01||Media and contents
for commercial use,
branding, and CI
and interface of
|Platform||A4-02||Social platforms||B4-02||Social infrastructure
methods for industry
Below is a complete list of the information required to be filled in at the time of application on the "entry site". An Excel version is also available for download from the following link:
1. Basic Information
1-1. Entry information
The most basic information about the entry to be filled in.
- Category of the entry (REL) *
Choose one from: Category for Entry
* Please be advised that the category of the entry might be changed according to the decision by jury.
- General name of the entry (what the entry is, e.g. watch, chair, Notebook PC, etc.) *(REL, within 50 letters)
- Brand name of the entry * (REL, within 150 letters)
- Principal implementing business (Name of company or individual who has responsibility in applying the entry.) * (REL, within 100 letters)
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 letters)
- Design Director * (REL, within 200 letters)
- Designer * (REL, within 200 letters)
- Dimension, Weight, Floor space or Capacity, etc. (REL) *
Please specify the features of the entry such as dimension, weight of the entry, floor space required to place the entry, or capacity. (With 300 letters)
- Market release/launch/opening date (REL) *
- Sales area or construction site (REL)
- Retail price or total project cost (REL if it is retail price) *
- URL of the entry's information (REL)
1-4. Images/ Detail material/ Data
Image for screening:
Click the thumbnail image to view original size image.
Images must be at least 500X350 pixels or larger, either square or rectangular in JPEG format (RGB)
Each image and PDF files can be up to 1MB.
Filename of image should be in half-width alphanumeric, with extension ('.jpg' '.pdf').
- Photo1: Main picture (JPEG format) *
- Photo2: Picture describes its usage (JPEG format)
- Photo3: Picture describes its focal point of the design (JPEG format)
- Supplemental material: other necessary pictures or data (JPEG format or PDF file)
Image for publication:
They can be uploaded/modified after the result notification of 2nd screening.
We might have photo shoot of some awarded items for yearbook use. If we need to borrow your awarded item, we will contact you at the beginning of Nov.
Please understand that we might retouch/modify/trim the image to meet the whole tone and layout of exhibitions and publications.
The image to be provided should be in JPEG format (RGB), 350dpi (either vertical/portrait is OK, longest side should be around 190mm).
The image to be released on "Online Gallery" website will be 880 pixels width and 880 pixels height at maximum and the resolution will be resized to 72 dpi.
- Image 1 for YEARBOOK and Official Website (JPEG format, REL) *
- Image 2 for Official Website (JPEG format, REL)
- Image 3 for Official Website (JPEG format, REL)
- Portrait of Designer (JPEG format, REL)
2. Information for screening
2-1 Outline of the entry
The most remarkable points for the G Mark judgment (within 800 letters)*
Please elaborate the notable features to the G Mark jury.
The reason/background the design was invented (REL, with 800 letters)*
Please describe the social background, market trend or any reason to devise the design.
The intention of the designer (REL, within 800 letters)*
Please describe the specific thought of the designer such as efforts to devise, goal to achieve or a will for the future.
Express the feature of the design in a word (REL, within 100 letters)*
Please express the characteristic of your design in a word. Design concept or any key word is appreciated.
2-2 The supplementary information of the entry
Any improved features, difference between the competitors or similar products (within 800 letters)
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 differencefrom them.
Any track records or other features (within 800 letters)
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.
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 letters)
- Name of the requisite law to comply with for selling in Japanese market (Within 200 letters)
- Name of the company bears responsibility in manufacturing for distribution of the entry (Within 200 letters)
- Relation between Your Previous Good Design Awards
- Relation between your previous Good Design Award winners, if any (e.g. award number, within 200 letters)
3-2. Information to be released
- The date of release of award information *
The information of awarded items will be released on our website and press announcement as of Wednesday, October 4.
- Release on October 4 / Do not release on October 4
In case you would like to withhold the release, please specify the date. The date must be before Nov 1, 2017. If you do not fill in specific "Information release date", we will release your information from Nov 1, 2017.
- Creative Commons *
JDP will release the part of your product 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, representative location (REL, within 100 letters)
- Title and URL of the location (REL, within 100 letters for title and 160 letters for URL)
- Bar code number such as EAN,UPC or JAN code, etc.
- EAN,UPC or JAN code (REL, within 1000 letters)
- Kazufumi Nagai
- Creative Director
- Fumie Shibata
- Product Designer
U.L.: Uniit Leader F.I.D.: Focused Issues Directors
A1-01 Personal accessories / A1-02 Stationery / A1-07 Educational materials and tools
A1-08 Sanitary/Beauty/Health goods and medical equipment for home, A1-11 Sporting, outdoor/leisure, hobbies and gardening goods
A1-09 Household goods and daily necessities
A1-06 Kitchen utensils / A1-10 Electrical appliances for daily life
A1-12 Sound and video equipment / A1-13 Electrical communication appliances and communication equipment for public / B1-12 Broadcast and sound equipment for commercial use / B1-13 Communication equipment for commercial use
A1-17 Furniture for daily life and lighting appliances for home / A1-18 Fixtures for housing
A1-14 Transportation equipment and facilities / B1-14 Transportation equipment and facilities for commercial use
B1-01 Accessories for commercial use / B1-02 Office supplies and tools / B1-03 Agricultural tools and equipment / B1-04Equipment and facilities for production and manufacturing / B1-05 Materials, parts, production/ development/ manufacturing technology, and manufacturing methods / B1-07 Equipment and facilities for research, development, and experiments / B1-08 Medical equipment and facilities
A1-15 Furniture for shop and sales / B1-06 Kitchen equipment for commercial use / B1-15 Shop furniture for commercial use and equipment for business transactions / B1-16 Public equipment and facilities for commercial use / B1-17 Office furniture and lighting equipment for commercial use / B1-18 Fixture for business space
A2-02-01 prefabricated housing, A2-02-02 personal residence/ interior, A2-02-03 apartment house ,A2-02-04 other housing and living space, A2-05 Construction methods for housing
UNIT 10 (Housing, Small apartment house, Construction method for housing)
- Yui TezukaU.L.
- Manabu Chiba
- Mari Tochizawa
- Gary Chang
- Architectural and Interior Designer
- Shu-Chang Kung
UNIT 11 (Middle or large apartment house)
A2-01 Interior design for shop and public space / A2-03 Architecture and facilities for public / A2-04 Block and community development / B2-01 Space and interior for business use / B2-03 Architecture and facilities for commercial use / B2-04 Civil engineering structures / B2-05 Construction methods for industry and public
A3-01 Publicity, advertisement and media contents / A3-02 Food products and packaging / B3-01 Media and contents for commercial use, branding, and CI / B3-02 Packaging for commercial use
A4-01 Software, services, and systems/interfaces / A4-02 Social platforms
B4-01 Software/Services/Systems for commercial use and interface of commercial-use equipment / B4-02 Social infrastructure systems and infrastructure / B4-03 Business models / B5-01 Research and development methods / B5-02 Awareness improvement and management methods for industry / B5-03 Social contributions for industry
A5-01 Education/Promotion/Support methods / A5-02 Awareness improvement for individuals and public / A5-03 Regional/Community development and social contribution activities
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.
See "How We Think About Design" concerning the Good Design Award’s thinking on design.
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.
Screening of the Good Design Award looks in depth at the meaning and value of entry designs, while considering as key points of evaluation the relationship between the design and various social problems. At the same time as screening of entries, the judges try to identify issues and possibilities related to the society of the future. "Focused issues" are important areas that designs should address for this purpose.
During screening of the Good Design Award, a special team (the Focused issues Directors) is formed to discuss these issues, subject entries are observed and discussed across screening units with regards to their possibilities in the future society and the roles of design. After the screening, each Focused issues Director make a remark about their findings of future possibilities.
2017 Focused Issue Directors
|Establishment of Convivial Society||Kaori Ito|
|Development of Social Infrastructure||Dominique Chen|
|Cultivation of Local Community||Toru Iwasa|
|Guarantee of Security||Kazuhiro Aoyama|
|Progress of General Learning||Keiichiro Fujisaki|
|Reformation of Work style||Chiaki Hayashi|
|Rediscovery of Lifestyle||Ryutaro Yoshida|
|Evolution of Advanced Technology||Maholo Uchida|
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.