GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2019 Participation

Regulations

Principal Regulations for the Good Design Award 2019

The "Principal Regulations for the Good Design Award" stipulate the outline of the Good Design Award project. In accordance with the Principal Regulations, the following regulations are prescribed.

1) About Good Design Award

The Good Design Award, organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, is a movement to have fair screening based on the philosophy of the Good Design Award, and to select admirable excellent designs and recommend them widely, aiming to realize life, industry, and society which are full of richness and sustainability.
The origin of this movement was the "Good Design Product Selection System" established in 1957 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

2) Philosophies of the Good Design Award

The Good Design Award plays a role as a base to provide a good example to practice future design, and to create "the chain of creation" for the coming society. An "excellent design" indicated by the Good Design Award is a design which focuses on the following philosophies.

HUMANITYCreative power for products and conceptual embodiments
HONESTYInsight into the contemporary society
INNOVATIONConceptual power to pioneer the future
ESTHETICSImaginative power for prosperous lifestyle culture
ETHICSThinking power reflecting on society and environment

3) Activities of the Good Design Award

The Good Design Award consists of the following activities.

  • Discover: to discover the quality standard in the modern society as well as possibilities for the future, through the screenings of the Good Design Award.
  • Share: to broadly share the discoveries with the society together with the Award winners, by announcing and honoring the Good Design Award Winners.
  • Innovation: to build a bridge to the next quality standards by triggering the sparkle of innovation with the shared discoveries.
  • Through the achievement of the Good Design Award, the activities contribute to the development of the international community.

4) Application for the Good Design Award

The Good Design Award is conducted based on the application from applicants. The application acceptance period is from April 3 to May 23, 2019. The details of the application are specified in the "Application Regulations for the Good Design Award".

5) Judging Committee

The Organizer establishes the Good Design Award Judging Committee consisting of experts who understand the purposes of the Good Design Award and have considerable experience in design in order to entrust screening. The Judging Committee has the authority to decide all the awards.
The chair, Fumie Shibata, and the vice-chair, Seiichi Saito, preside over the 2019 Good Design Award Judging Committee, which implements screening.
The details of the Good Design Award judges are specified in the "Attached list:Judging Committee".

6) Screening of the "Good Design Award" and Selection of the "Good Design Best100"

The screening of the "Good Design Award" is implemented by the "first screening", which is based on the information provided by Applicants, and the "second screening", which is based on the physical items, etc., of the screening items. Entries that have passed the second screening will be referred to as “award winning objects” and applicants who submitted them as “award winners”. Among all the Good Design Award-winning objects of the year, designs that are considered to push ahead the life, industry and society and to create and inspire the future, will be selected as the “Good Design Best100”.

7) Types of Special Awards

Among the designs selected as “Good Design Best100”, the exceptionally excellent ones are presented with Special Awards. The names and other details of the Awards are subject to change. Awards other than those shown below may be established as well.

(Selected by judges, Good Design Award winners etc.)

  • Good Design Grand Award
    This award is presented to the most outstanding design chosen from among all award winning objects of the Good Design Award 2019.

(Selected by the Judging Committee)

  • Good Design Gold Award (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award)
    This award is presented to particularly outstanding designs chosen from among all award winning objects of the Good Design Award 2019.
  • Good Focus Award [New Business Design] (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Minister's Secretariat Deputy Director General for Business and Service Award)
    This award is presented to particularly advanced designs expected to contribute to the creation of new business models or industries and the promotion of the innovation, chosen from among all award winning objects of the Good Design Award 2019.
  • Good Focus Award [Design of Technique & Tradition] (Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Commissioner Award)
    This award is presented to particularly outstanding designs which are realized by advanced technique and skills, chosen from among all small and medium-sized enterprises' award winning objects of the Good Design Award 2019.
  • Good Focus Award [Design of Community Development] (Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Award)
    This award is presented to designs expected to make particular contributions to the sustainable development of the community and revitalization of the economy, chosen from among all award winning objects of the Good Design Award 2019.
  • Good Focus Award[Disaster Prevention & Recovery Design](Japan Institute of Design Promotion Chairman Award)
    This award is presented to outstanding designs expected to contribute to the prevention of and the recovery from natural disasters, chosen from among all award winning objects of the Good Design Award 2019.

8) Announcement of the Good Design Award and the Good Design Best100

The organizer will announce on October 2, 2019 the 2019 winners of the Good Design Award and Good Design Best100. The organizers will announce the results on the Good Design Award website and through issuing a press release. Award winners may announce results as from the date of announcement.

9) Screening for the Good Design Special Awards

The organizer will hold a Good Design Special Awards Panel including the Good Design Best100 Designers’ Presentation on October 9, 2019. In light of the principles of the Good Design Award, the judges will choose for the Good Design Gold Award and Good Focus Awards from among the year’s Good Design Best100, after which the judges will elect the finalists for the Good Design Grand Award from the Good Design Gold Award-winning objects.

10) Selection of the "Good Design Grand Award" and Announcement of the Good Design Special Awards

The organizer will announce on October 31, the 2019 winners of the Good Design Gold Award, finalists for the Good Design Grand Award and Good Focus Awards. On the same day, the Good Design Grand Award winner will be released after the Good Design Award judges and winners etc. vote to select the Grand Award winner from the finalists for the Grand Award. The details of the Grand Award selection are prescribed by the Regulations on Selection for the Good Design Grand Award.
The organizer will announce the results on the Good Design Award website and through issuing a press release. Award winners may announce results as of that date of announcement.

11) Exhibition of the Good Design Award "Good Design Exhibition 2019"

The organizer will hold an exhibition of the Good Design Award "Good Design Exhibition 2019", to introduce all the Good Design Award winning objects widely to society for 5 days from October 31 to November 4, 2019. All the award winners are requested to exhibit their award winning objects in this Exhibition.
The details of the Exhibition are specified in the "Good Design Exhibition Regulations (planned for release in early September)".

12) Commendation of the Good Design Award

The organizer will present commendation certificates to all Good Design Award winners.

13) Issuance of the Good Design Award Yearbook

The organizer will issue "GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2019", a Yearbook which includes all the Good Design Award winning objects of this year, in March 2020.

14) Public relations activities of the Good Design Award

The organizer widely conducts public relations activities to gain a better understanding of design among citizens and industry through award winning objects, and activities to support the business expansion, etc., of award winning objects. The organizer also makes efforts for activities to improve design in each country and region through international collaboration.

15) Use of "G Mark"

The "G Mark", an intellectual property rights managed by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, as a symbol of award winning can be used by the Good Design Award winning objects to conduct public relations activities and sales promotion activities.
The details are specified in the "Outline of G Mark Usage Rules".

16) Cost of the Good Design Award

Applicants must pay the costs identified in the “Application Regulations for the Good Design Award”, “Good Design Exhibition Regulations (planned for release in early September)”, and the “G Mark Usage Rules”.
However, applications from applicants headquartered in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures are exempt from these costs as a means of promoting recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

17) Information Release

The organizer may use, for the publication of the Good Design Award, information which has been designated in advance among the information provided by the applicants of the Good Design Award. Further, after the completion of screening, the "points where the object is excellent" in all the award winning objects are released. The organizer and the Judging Committee will not respond to a request for the disclosure of the information on individual screening details, including information on an item which has not received an award.
The details are specified in the "Application Regulations for the Good Design Award".

18) Confidentiality of information on Subject Entries

The organizer, the Judging Committee, and those involved in services including displaying have a confidentiality obligation regarding the undisclosed information of subject entries and the confidential information acquired through screening, etc.

19) Matters which fall under the Applicant's responsibility

Applicants assume responsibility for any problems which arise with regard to intellectual property rights including a design, the requirements such as quality, performance, and safety, and the sales and construction of subject entries of the Good Design Award, for which the organizer assumes no responsibility.
The organizer assumes no responsibility for any dispute arising among applicants, award winners, or third parties as a result of the application for the Good Design Award.

20) Withdrawal and disqualification of application

Applicants can withdraw application at any time by October 1, 2019, even after the confirmation of the application. The terms and conditions of the application withdrawal are specified in the "Application Regulations for the Good Design Award".
On condition that applicants violate the matters prescribed by the “Principal Regulations for the Good Design Award”, “Application Regulations for the Good Design Award” or “Good Design Exhibition Regulations (planned for release in early September)”, the organizer will disqualify the application.

21) Revoke of the Award

In the case where any of the following facts is discovered with respect to an award winning objects of the Good Design Award and Good Design Special Awards, the organizer can revoke the award.

  • The award winning object has caused noticeable social damage due to its functional defect, etc.
  • The award winning object is officially recognized as violating other’s intellectual property right, such as a design.
  • The applicant violates the regulations prescribed in the "G Mark Usage Rules".
  • The applicant or the award winning object is related to any individuals, corporations or organizations connected with anti-social forces such as organized criminal groups.

22) Organizer and sponsors

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

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

23) International collaboration

The Good Design Award has created program in collaboration with the following design awards.

  • "Design Excellence Award" held by the Ministry of Commerce, Kingdom of Thailand
  • "India Design Mark" held by the India Design Council
  • "Singapore Good Design Mark" held by the Design Business Chamber Singapore
  • "Design Turkey" held by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Turkey, Industrial Designers Society of Turkey and Turkish Exporters Assembly
  • "Good Design Indonesia" held by the Ministry of Trade, Republic Indonesia

April 3, 2019

Application Regulations for the Good Design Award 2019

The Regulations stipulate necessary matters for the application for the Good Design Award 2019, and include the following contents.

1) Subject Entry, Applicant, and Application Method

1-1. Subject Entry

The subject entries are limited to items or things that meet the following three requirements:
(1) available for users to purchase or use by March 31, 2020;
(2) can be made public on October 2, 2019, the day of the announcement of award winners;
(3) can be exhibited in the "Good Design Exhibition" from October 31.
In the case where it is impossible to make the items public on the day of the announcement of award winners, the publication can be postponed until the day of the Exhibition.
However, a subject entry that cannot be made public on October 2, the day of the announcement of award winners, is not eligible for the "Good Design Best100".

1-2. Applicant

The applicants who are eligible are the "Business owner of the subject entries" and "design business operators".
The Business owner of the Subject Entries means "either a corporate body or an individual who has prime responsibilities for providing the subject entry, and who is a producer/seller of products, an owner of an architectural facility, a provider of software and media, a provider of a service business, or an organizer of a business, activity, development/research, etc."
In the case where more than one Business owner and design business operator get involved, such operators can apply jointly in their names.
If not registered as an applicant during the period of Information Registration, one is not eligible to be added as an Award winner when a subject entry is awarded.
If the Business owner of the Subject Entries is not registered as the applicant, the applicant must get the “Letter of Consent” from the Business owner of the Subject Entries and submit it to the organizer.
Any individuals, corporations or organizations connected with anti-social forces such as organized criminal groups are not eligible for application.

1-3. Obligation of Applicant

Upon the application for the Good Design Award, applicants assume the following obligations.
In the case where these obligations are not fulfilled, the organizer will disqualify the application.

  • Submission of materials for the screening requested by the Judging Committee.
  • Installation and Dismantlement of the subject entry at the second screening venue.
  • Providing information for publication, displaying for the Good Design Exhibition, and publishing on the Good Design Yearbook in the case the subject entry wins the Good Design Award.
  • Paying the cost including the screening fee specified in "2) Cost associated with the Good Design Award" and “3) Procedures of Application, etc." by the due date.

1-4. Application Method

An applicant must complete the prescribed procedures for the subject of the application from April 3 to May 23, through the application website (the "Entry Site") provided by the organizer. At the same time, the applicant shall send a soft copy of "Application Confirmation Form" to the organizer by e-mail.
The organizer may not accept an application that it considers not to agree with the intents and purpose of the Good Design Award, such as one that violates Japanese laws or is offensive to public order and morals.

2) Fees of the Good Design Award

The fees of the Good Design Award and due date for payment is set as follows. All the prices include tax. The separate cost of the payment of a bank charge, etc., is borne by the applicant.

First Screening fee (all the subjects applied)
10,800 yen per subject applied ("Subject Entry")

Second Screening fee (all the Subject Entries which have passed the first screening)
57,240 yen per subject entry which has passed the first screening ("Second screening item")

In case of using the electric network or Internet connection, which is arranged by the Secretariat, for screening, the actual cost should be paid by the applicant. The details are described in the "Second Screening Guide for Installation and Dismantlement", which is distributed after the notice of the first screening results.

Award Package fee (all the award winning objects)
159,500 yen per subject entry which has passed the second screening (“Award winning object”)

This price includes the charge for Exhibition, Yearbook and Online Gallery publication for each award winning object. Also, one copy of certificate, yearbook and the attendance of the award ceremony will be presented to the award winner.
This price doesn’t include the cost of display options. The details are specified in the "Good Design Exhibition Regulations (planned for release in early September)".

3) Procedures of Application, etc.

Applicants follow the following procedures for applying for the Good Design Award.

3-1. Procedures for application

  1. Registration of information on the applicant and screening item & Submission of the "Application Confirmation Form" and "Letter of Consent"
    The applicant registers information on the applicant and screening item on the Entry Site, during the application period from April 3 to May 23. During the application period, the applicant shall click the “Apply Entry” button, and submit a signed or corporate sealed soft copy of "Application Confirmation Form" to the organizer by e-mail to confirm the application. The organizer confirms the application after receiving the Application Confirmation Form.
    In the case where the Letter of Consent specified in the "1-2. Applicant" of this Application Regulations is required to be submitted, the Letter of Consent should be sent to the organizer by e-mail or post by September 19.
  2. Payment of the First Screening fee
    The organizer sends an invoice for the First Screening fee to the applicant after June 3. The applicants should pay the first screening fee to the organizer by June 25 (for domestic applications) / June 17 (for overseas applications).
    The period of the First Screening is from May 24 to June 26.

3-2. Procedures from the First Screening to the Second Screening

  1. Notice of the first screening results
    The first screening is implemented based on the information provided by applicants.
    The organizer notifies applicants of the first screening results on the website on June 27.
  2. Registration of the prerequisites for second screening
    The applicant shall register the requites or method of the physical product placement for the second screening and whether participate in the interactive hearing or not on the entry site from June 27 to July 4.
  3. Payment of the Second Screening fee
    The organizer sends an invoice for the second screening fee and the cost required for the implementation of the second screening, including electricity charges, after July 16.
    Applicants should pay the second screening fee to the organizer by August 22.
    The period of the Second Screening is from July 5 to September 3.

3-3. Procedures for the Second Screening

  1. Installation and Dismantlement of the subject entry at the screening venue
    The organizer holds the second screening in Japan as follows.
    Applicants bring in/take out the physical item or an alternative such as a graphic panel of the subject entry to/from the place and on the date/time designated by the organizer. In principle, the Second Screening is not open to applicants.

    For Japan:
    Installation day: July 29 (Mon)
    Second Screening Panel: July 30 (Tues) – August 1 (Thurs)
    Dismantlement day: August 1 (Thurs)
    Venue: Makuhari Messe, International Exhibition Hall 1-3

    The second screenings in other countries or regions including South Korea, Taiwan, and China • Hong Kong, are held in the venues designated by the organizer. The designation will be applied by the name of the country or region on the "Account Info" on the Entry Site.

    • The country/region name is South Korea: Screening venue in South Korea
    • The country/region name is Taiwan: Screening venue in Taiwan
    • The country/region name is China or Hong Kong: Screening venue in China or Hong Kong
    • The country/region name is other than those above: Screening venue in Japan
  2. About Interactive Hearing
    In each screening venue, the organizer sets an "Interactive Hearing Day" to encourage more understanding of screening items by interaction between the applicants and judges. An applicant who wishes to participate in the interactive hearing shall follow the rules prescribed by the organizer, come to the place and on the designated date/time, give an explanations of the subject entry and respond to the questions from the judges.

3-4. Procedures after the second screening

  1. Notice of the second screening results
    The organizer notifies applicants of the second screening results including the result of the Good Design Best100 selection on the Entry Site on September 4.
    For the items which have passed the second screening, the organizer also notifies the feedback comments describing the “Good points” by jury acquired through the screening by late September.
  2. Confirmation of information on the award winning objects
    Applicants are requested to confirm and revise the information on the items which have passed the second screening on the Entry Site account to be made public on October 2, the day of the announcement of award winners, and such information to be inscribed on the Commendation Certificate and Yearbook from September 4 to 11.
  3. Confirmation of the display method in the "Good Design Exhibition"
    Applicants confirm the display method and prerequisites, etc., in the "Good Design Exhibition" from September 4 to 11, and register on the Entry Site.
  4. Payment of Award Package fee
    The organizer sends an invoice for the Award package fee to applicants after October 1.
    Applicants should pay the Award package fee to the organizer by October 18.

3-5. Procedures after the announcement of award winners

  1. Announcement of winners
    The organizer will announce the award winning objects of this year's Good Design Award and the Good Design Best100 on October 2 through press releases and on the website.
  2. Use of the G Mark
    The Good Design Award winners can use the "G Mark" after the date of the announcement of award winners. The winners pay the G Mark license fee to use the "G mark". The details are specified in the "Outline of G Mark Usage Rules".
    From October 2 and November 4, 2019, which is the Award PR period, the "G Mark" can be used for free, without license application procedure.
  3. Responding to Good Design Best100 Designers' Presentation (screening opened to the public)
    The organizer will hold the Good Design Best100 Designers' Presentation, an event featuring presentations by Good Design Best100 winners as part of Special Awards screening. Good Design Best100 winners will take part in this event as requested by the organizer.
  4. Installation/Dismantlement of the exhibits at the exhibition venue
    The organizer holds the "Good Design Exhibition" from October 31 to November 4. Applicants bring in/take out the exhibits to/from the place and on the date/time designated by the organizer.
  5. Award Ceremony and Announcement of Good Design Special Awards
    The organizer will hold the Award Ceremony on October 31, where the organizer will announce the Good Design Special Awards. Besides, the organizer will present Commendation Certificates, etc., to the award winners in the venue of the Award Ceremony.
  6. Presentation of Special Awards’ certificates
    Certificates will be presented by each award presenter at the Special Awards ceremony which will be held on December 4.
  7. Issuance of the Good Design Yearbook
    The organizer issues "GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2019", a Yearbook with all the Good Design Award winning objects of this year in March 2020, and one Yearbook per award winning object will be presented to each winner.

4) Special Application and Screening

4-1. Application for "Undisclosed Subject Entry"

If a subject meets the requirements of the application provided in the "1-1. Subject Entry" of this Application Regulations, an application can be submitted for a subject which is not yet disclosed at the stage of the second screening ("undisclosed subject entry"). An applicant who wishes to ensure the confidentiality of an undisclosed subject entry is allowed to choose undisclosed screening.
Applicants may apply for undisclosed screening by the following procedures.

  1. Registration for Undisclosed Screening
    An applicant who wishes for undisclosed screening should choose "Wish for Undisclosed Screening" in the "Second Screening Information" when registering the prerequisites for the second screening on the Entry Site from June 27 and July 4.
  2. Notice of the date and time of Undisclosed Screening
    For the implementation of undisclosed screening, the organizer provides space to ensure the security of the confidential information in the second screening venue. The organizer notifies the applicant who has chosen undisclosed screening of the date/time and the carry-in place for the installation and dismantlement after July 16. In the case where it is considered difficult to provide space for the subject entry to ensure the security of the confidential information in the second screening venue, the screening may be conducted in a separate venue upon consultation with the applicant.
  3. Installation/Dismantlement of the Subject Entry at the Undisclosed Screening venue
    The applicant brings the physical item or an alternative such as a panel of the subject entry in/out of the venue and on the date/time designated by the organizer.
  4. Confidentiality of the Undisclosed Subject Entry
    The organizer, judges and concerned parties have a confidentiality obligation regarding the confidential information acquired in the course of the screening of the applied undisclosed subject entry.
  5. Screening fee for the Undisclosed Subject Entry
    The second screening fees for undisclosed subject entries are as follows in order to provide space to ensure the security of the confidential information and to handle specially.

    Screening at the second screening venue
    In addition to the regular second screening fee, the screening fee for undisclosed subject entry, which is 102,600 yen per subject entry, is added.
    Screening at a separate venue
    In addition to the regular second screening fee, the screening fee for undisclosed subject entry, which is 102,600 yen per subject entry, and the actual cost including the travel and traffic expenses of the Judges and members of Secretariat in attendance are separately added.

  6. Consideration on Undisclosed Subject Entries
    If the presentment of an undisclosed subject entry does not have the same performance as the actual equipment and is expected to have different specifications from the final product in its appearance or functions, it may be determined to be inadequate for the requirements.

4-2. Application recommended by the Judging Committee

The Judging Committee may encourage the entry of an item that is not covered by the existed applications for the Good Design Award, as an application recommended by the Judging Committee.
An object entered as an application recommended by the Judging Committee from June 4 to June 27, is considered to have passed the first screening and will be subject to the second screening. In the second screening, it will be screened along with general subject entries.
The "Application Confirmation Form" for the application recommended by the Judging Committee should be submitted by June 27. The "Letter of Consent" should be submitted by September 19. Objects entered as applications recommended by the Judging Committee will not be charged a second screening fee and an Award Package fee (if awarded). (But the cost of display options for the exhibition will not be exempted.)

4-3. Application based on the mutual collaboration of design awards

Subjects which are applied based on system collaboration with the "Design Excellence Award" held by the Ministry of Commerce of the Kingdom of Thailand, the "India Design Mark" held by the India Design Council, "SG Mark" held by the Design Business Chamber Singapore, "Design Turkey" held by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Turkey, Industrial Designers Society of Turkey and Turkish Exporters Assembly, "Good Design Indonesia" held by the Ministry of Trade of the Republic Indonesia and “Tokyo Business Design Award” organized by Tokyo Metropolitan are regarded as having passed the first screening and are subjects for the Second Screening.

4-4. Preferential measure associated with the Great East Japan Earthquake

In order to support reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake which occurred in 2011, an application from an applicant whose headquarters (principal base in case of an individual business operator) is within the six prefectures in the Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima is exempted from all the costs described in this Application Process (except extra fees including a display option).

4-5. Presentation Screening and On-site Screening

In the case where the Judging Committee requests for Presentation Screening, in which Judges directly hear the explanation of the applicant, or on-site screening, in which judges travel to conduct screening, the applicant should respond to this.
In case of conducting on-site screening, the applicant pays the actual cost, including the travel and traffic expenses, of the judges and members of Secretariat in attendance separately.

5) Consideration on Application

5-1. Subject Entry Category and Screening

Although the screening is conducted in accordance with the Subject Entry Category chosen by the applicant upon application, the category may be changed at the discretion of the Judging Committee.

5-2. Application to more than one category by one subject

Applicants may not apply for more than one category in terms of one subject.

5-3. Handling of a Subject Entry determined unable to be screened

The Judging Committee may determine that a Subject Entry is unable to be screened for a reason such as a deficit of the screening system. In such a case, the organizer excludes such a subject entry from screening, and immediately notifies the applicant and returns the cost, including the screening fee that has already been paid.

5-4. Withdrawal of application

Applicants can withdraw application from the completion of the application procedures to October 1 in the case where it is difficult to continue screening or to release a specific subject entry to the public until the exhibition due to the delay of the release, etc. In such a case, the applicant shall notify the organizer of the withdrawal by e-mail in writing.
The handling of the cost including the screening fee in association with withdrawal is prescribed as follows.

In the case where an Applicant withdraws the application after the following dates, the applicant pays the prescribed cost.

  • First screening fee : withdrawal on and after May 24
  • Second screening fee : withdrawal on and after July 5
  • Award package fee : withdrawal on and after September 12

5-5. Information Handling

  1. Attribution of rights
    The copyright of the information in regard to the subject entry provided by an applicant belongs to the applicant. However, the organizer has the right to use such information only for the operation of the Good Design Award, including the screening and the announcement and publication of the details of the winners of the Good Design Award, with which applicants should agree. Information may be changed only if its need is accepted in light of the purpose and situation, with which applicants should agree.
  2. Information Release
    Among the information in regard to the subject entry provided by an applicant, the organizer releases the information of the items that are marked as "public" in the registration form on the Good Design Award Entry Site, by the following two media. The contents of the “public” items can be checked and registered after the announcement of the second screening results. Information other than that should be private, and is used only for screening.

    Website of the Good Design Award “Online Gallery”

    Subject:  Award winning objects of the Good Design Award 2019
    Timing:  On and after October 2, 2019
    A subject which cannot be made public on October 2 is allowed to postpone the publication until the first day of the exhibition (October 31).

    Good Design Award Yearbook "GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2019"

    Subject:  Award winning objects of the Good Design Award 2019
    Timing:  March, 2020
    Media:  "GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2019" (Good Design Award Yearbook)

    The released information may be used for the PR activities of the Good Design Award as required on and after October 2, 2019.

  3. Storage Deadline of the Registered Information
    The information about the Subject Entry registered on the Entry Site, except for the basic Account Information and Applicant Information, would be deleted by the end of February 2020. The organizer would not keep the data.

April 3, 2019

Judgment Regulations for the Good Design Award 2019

The Regulations stipulate the matters required for the screening of the Good Design Award 2019, and consists of the following contents.

1) Establishment of the Judging Committee

The Organizer establishes the Good Design Award Judging Committee (the "Judging Committee") in order to decide the Good Design Award, Good Design Best100 and Good Design Special Awards, by conducting rigorous screening on the basis of the philosophies, etc., of the Good Design Award. The Judging Committee consists of the chair, vice-chair, and judges. The chair presides over the Judging Committee, and the vice-chair assists the chair and acts for the chair in the event of an accident of the chair.

2) Roles of the Judging Committee

Decision of the Good Design Award, etc.

The Judging Committee conducts screening of the Good Design Award, Good Design Best100 and Good Design Special Awards, in light of the philosophies of the Good Design Award and the screening policies shown by the chair, and decides on the award winning objects appropriate for each award.
The decision of the Good Design Award, etc., is conducted by the consultation of judges. In the case where the decision by consultation is impossible, the chair or the vice-chair makes a decision. In this regard, the Judging Committee may exclude a specific screening item as being unable to be screened for a reason such as a deficit of the screening system.

Information disclosure of award winning objects

For all the award winning objects, the Judging Committee clarifies the points where the object is excellent. The organizer notifies Applicants of this information, and discloses the same through the website of the Good Design Award.

3) Commission of Judges

The Organizer commissions the task of Good Design Award Judges to experts, who understand the purposes of the Good Design Award and have considerable experience in design, in accordance with the "Regulations on the Establishment of the Good Design Award Judging Committee", an internal regulation of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
The commission period of the chair, vice-chair, and judges is from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

4) Obligations and Rights of Judges

Screening of a subject in which a Judge is involved

In Screening of a subject that any of the chair, the vice-chair, and judges themselves designed or conducted a consultation for, they are forbidden to get involved in the Screening of such a subject, including providing related information.

Confidentiality of screening information

The chair, the vice-chair, and judges submit a confidentiality pledge to the organizer before the start of screening. They are forbidden to divulge to any third party classified information on screened items and confidential information acquired through screening such as screening circumstances.

"Application recommended" by the Judging Committee

The chair, the vice-chair, and judges can, with their insight, encourage the application of a subject, which has not been applied for the Good Design Award. However, judges cannot recommend a subject that they themselves designed or conducted a consultation for. The qualification of an application for the “application recommended by the Judging Committee” will be determined by the chair, the vice-chair, and the judges in charge of the corresponding screening unit, after they confirm the contents.

5) Screening of the Good Design Award

Determination of screening items and organization of Screening Units

A screening item is what has been applied based on the "Application Regulations for the Good Design Award" and has been received by the organizer. The Judging Committee organizes more than one "Screening Unit" in order to facilitate smoother and more accurate screening after the determination of screening items by the organizer. In each Screening Unit, a Screening Unit Leader will be appointed.

Implementation of general meeting of Judges

The Judging Committee implements a general meeting of judges by the entire judges after the determination of screening items in order to confirm the Good Design Award Judging Recitals and the screening policies of the year on the initiative of the chair and the vice-chair.

Screening perspectives

Screening of the Good Design Award is conducted based mainly on the following four perspectives.

Human perspective

  • 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

Industrial perspective

  • 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

Social perspective

  • 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

Time perspective

  • 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.

Implementation of the First Screening

The First Screening is implemented on all the screening items. Each Screening Unit implements screening based on the contents registered as screening information by Applicants.
The period of the First Screening is from May 24 to June 26, 2019.

Implementation of the Second Screening

The second screening is implemented to screen the "screening items having passed the first screening", "application recommended by the Judging Committee", and "application based on collaboration of design awards". The organizer establishes a screening venue in a prescribed place. In principle, each Screening Unit implements screening by the physical items of screening items and interactive hearing.
If necessary, the Second Screening Unit can implement Presentation Screening, where Judges directly hear the explanation of the applicant, or On-site screening, where judges travel to conduct Screening as needed.
The period of the Second Screening is from July 5 to September 3, 2019.

Determination of the Good Design Award

The chair and the vice-chair hold the "Determination meeting of the Good Design Award" by the Screening Unit Leaders to determine the Good Design Award. In this Determination meeting, the Screening Unit Leaders report the Screening results of the screened items of which they took charge in Screening to the chair and the vice-chair, and determine the award winning objects of the Good Design Award with the approval of the chair and the vice-chair.

Selection of the "Good Design Best100"

After the Determination Meeting of the Good Design Award, the chair, the vice-chair, Second Screening Unit Leaders, and judges appointed by the chair shall establish "Good Design Best100 Panel". From among all the Good Design Award-winning objects of the year, the Panel will choose 100 designs considered to show the way to the life, industry, and society of the future and to be pioneering designs for tomorrow as the Good Design Best100.

Selection of the Special Awards

After the selection of the Good Design Best100, the chair, the vice-chair, Second Screening Unit Leaders, and judges appointed by the chair shall establish "Good Design Special Awards Panel". From among the Good Design Best100 winners, the Panel will select objects appropriate for the purpose of the Good Design Gold Award and each Good Focus Award. The Panel will then determine the finalists for the Good Design Grand Award from the Good Design Gold Award-winning objects.

Selection of the "Good Design Grand Award"

The organizer will establish the “Regulations on Selection for the Good Design Grand Award” separately. On October 31, 2019, the Good Design Award judges, Good Design Award winners etc. will vote to select the Good Design Grand Award winner. The finalist that receives the most votes will be the winner of the Good Design Grand Award.

April 3, 2019

Good Design Exhibition Regulations

The Regulations stipulate necessary matters for holding the exhibition of Good Design Award 2019 “GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019”, and include the following contents.

1) Outline and Purpose

GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019 will be held by the organizer to showcase this year’s rigorously screened award-winning objects and introduce what makes them significant, as a platform to spread the value and the meaning to the society.

Title: GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019
Period: October 31 - November 4, 2019
Schedule: October 31 - November 3 11:00 - 20:00
November 4 11:00 - 18:00
Venue: areas around Tokyo Midtown (9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

The organizer will do the exhibition planning for high promotional effect and make the exhibition appropriately and smoothly operated, as a platform to showcase the award winning objects. Award Winners should follow the guide of the organizer, and prepare the display of the actual items or substitutes of the award winning objects.

2) Exhibition Fees

The fees of exhibiting in the Exhibition and due date for payment are set as follows. All the prices include tax. The separate cost of the payment of a bank charge, etc., is borne by the applicant.

Award Package fee (including the fees of exhibiting in the Exhibition, for all award winning objects)

Award winning object:
Good Design Award winning object: 159,500JPY (Only for Table placement (400) Package, Award package fee=121,000JPY)

Good Design Best 100: 159,500JPY
Each additional space: 126,500JPY (A discount becomes applicable for 5 or more additional spaces.)
An invoice for the above fees together with the actual costs of the display options requested by the Award Winners will be issued.

Due date for payment: October 18

3) Display Method

Award Winners shall display the actual items of the award winning objects, or substitutes that can show the significance of the objects. Accessories or supplementary items, which are necessary for the award winning objects to work, can be displayed together.
In principle, for each award winning object, the Award Winner shall use the Display Package designated by the organizer to prepare the display.
Any costs that occur when Award Winners prepare and display the award winning objects, shall be borne by the Award Winners.
Award winning objects that are selected as Good Design Best100 will be displayed in the Good Design Best100 Exhibition Area, while the other award winning objects will be displayed at their designated space in the Good Design Award Exhibition Area.
Award Winners cannot enter the venue except during the period specified by the organizer.
As for the subject entries whose exhibition fees are exempted by the organizer, the organizer may designate specified display method for them.
The organizer may request the Award Winner to change the display method, on condition that it is recognized to be significantly out of harmony with the purpose of the venue planning.
The details of the Display Package are specified in the “GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019 Installation and dismantlement guide”.

4) Procedures Before and After the Exhibition

Award Winners shall follow the procedures below.

4-1. Notification of the second screening results

The organizer notifies applicants of the second screening results on the Entry Site on September 4. As from the public announcement of Award Winners on October 2, entries that have passed the second screening will be referred to as “award winning objects” and applicants who submitted them as “award winners”.

4-2. Confirmation of information on the award winning objects

From September 4 to 11, Award Winners are requested to confirm, revise and register the information on the award winning objects on the Entry Site,including the release information and the information to be inscribed on the exhibition caption, Commendation Certificate and Yearbook.

4-3. Confirmation of the exhibition information for “GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019”

From September 4 to 11, for each award winning object, Award Winners are requested to apply for the Display Package and display options such as electricity use on the Entry Site.

4-4. Payment of Award Package Fee

Based on the exhibition information registered on the Entry Site, the organizer will confirm the contents of the display, and issue an invoice after October 2. Award Winners shall pay the Award Package Fee based on the invoice before October 18.

4-5. Installation/Dismantlement and Display

Award Winners shall conduct the installation and dismantlement of the display items in the space and on the time designated by the organizer. The details are specified in the “GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019 Installation and dismantlement guide”.

5) About Management and Intellectual Property

Award winners assume responsibility for any management-related problems such as the damage, loss and theft of the display items, during the period of Good Design Exhibition, which is open to the public. Correspondingly, the organizer assumes this responsibility during the closed-door period. During both closed-door and open periods, the organizer takes charge of the preservation and maintenance of the venue and the exhibition. On condition that award winners want to apply for industrial property rights, such as the registration of designs, award winners should go through the application procedures before the organizer announces the results.

6) Special Exhibitions

6-1. Exhibition of Good Design Best100

Award winning objects that are selected as Good Design Best100 will be displayed in the Good Design Best100 Exhibition Area, different from the other award winning objects. To arrange the exhibition environment, the organizer may designate certain display methods for some award winning objects. The details of the exhibition fee are specified in “Guide for BEST100 Winner Special Awards Screening Panel & GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2019”.

6-2. Exhibition by the company

In Good Design Award 2019, companies that have many award winning objects have the option to exhibit in the area of “Good Design Superior Company 2019”, where the award winning objects from one company are displayed together. In such case, the award winning objects will be displayed in the area mentioned above, instead of the exhibition areas for award winning objects of Good Design Award. Notwithstanding, award winning objects that are selected as Good Design Best100 will be displayed in the area designated by the organizer.

About the application method, Good Design Award Office will contact the applicable companies individually.

September 4, 2019