Awards & Supports

Awards

Selected by distinguished juries, four awards are presented annually to outstanding graduates.

CATEGORIES

Design Culture
The award is given to a project that responds to current pressing social and cultural challenges and, above all, has a discursive character.

Social Design
The award-winning project responds to social challenges with a concrete solution and triggers social change processes through design.

Design Research
A project is selected that operates at the interface of theory and practice and achieves particular results through their combination and integration into the design process.

Circular Design
The award is given to a project that takes into account a consistent circular thinking right from the start and deals with its opportunities, challenges and (social) effects.


Criteria for selection

Within the framework of GDG, awards are given for projects that have a lighthouse character.

The respective jury is free in the weighting of the individual criteria in the evaluation. The award-winning projects:

  • show a thematic independence
  • offer concrete solutions for relevant problems of our time
  • convince through a high conceptual quality
  • as well as through a technologically sensible, moderate and aesthetically pleasing design
  • show potential for development
  • have a high symbolic and emotional content
  • link disciplines

Benefits

  • For each award a prize money of 2500 EUR will be awarded
  • Use of the respective label
  • Press release and PR work
  • Online-Gallery
  • Videoclip
  • Museum exhibition
  • Award Ceremony
  • Network meetings

SUPPORTS

All final theses of a GDG year are specifically played in the broad network of actors from culture and industry. The GDG ambassadors select specific projects according to their own criteria in order to promote the young designers behind them as individually as possible.

Museum Exhibition

A renowned, independent jury selects projects with very high prototypical quality and cultural significance for a museum exhibition in a major German museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a discursive supporting programme.

Trade fair & Festival presentation

German and international partners select graduates to present their final projects to an international audience of experts. This includes free exhibition space, as well as associated press work by the respective partner and enables intensive and varied contact with potential customers and partners.

Residencies & Workshops

Regionally located funding and start-up platforms select scholarship holders for their annual programmes. The programmes range from formats for young start-ups, experimental workshops in lab structures or summer schools.

MEntorings

Experts from a wide range of industries strengthen graduates on their path to professionalisation as 1:1 mentors. Over a period of 4 – 6 months, individual topics are discussed with a total discussion time of 3 – 5 hours.

Publication

Our media partners report on specific topics about young talents and their final projects in print and online publications or in podcast productions.

ArchivE 2019 – 2021