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World Design Rankings

Having finally knocked the USA off the top spot, China lead the way in the World Design Rankings, a system that provides data to economists and journalists in the art, architecture and design industry.

As part of the A’ Design Award & Competition, the World Design Rankings (WDR) provide a snapshot of a country’s standing in the coveted competition based on the amount of winning designs in any niche or category; the number and accolade calculated into an overall score. For the current 2019—2020 edition, designers from 106 countries have submitted works that will be put before an esteemed panel of judges from experienced academics, prominent press members and established professionals; an increase of seven on last year where sub-100 categories were represented.

World Design Rankings

On the heels of China are the United States of America, followed by Japan, Italy, and our very own (Great?) Britain. This year’s new additions are Macedonia, Maldives, Lao, Swaziland, Kenya and Armenia, and we’re looking forward to following their progress as more and more designers become a part of the world’s largest and most influential design competition. Does this stoke the competitor in you? Take a look where your country sits in the chart and make your contribution to its success by entering your potentially award winning design, making both yourself and fellow countrymen proud in the process.


Winners—pride aside—receive a host of benefits including a 3D-printed metal trophy; an annual yearbook; awareness on an international level; and an invitation for two to their esteemed gala-night celebration and crowning ceremony. And with registration still open, now is the time to act and nominate yourself in this competition. Before you sign up at competition.adesignaward.com, we leave you with a selection of our favourite winners from the top five countries over previous years. As always, we’ll be announcing the current year’s winners this coming April. Will you be giving your country an extra opportunity to win?

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Or2 Photochromic Canopy Structure by Orproject
Or2 Photochromic Canopy Structure by Orproject,
Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2012—2013.
Orproject, Great Britain.
Cts Chengdu Ocean Spring Sales Center by Raynon Chiu
Cts Chengdu Ocean Spring Sales Center by Raynon Chiu, Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2018—2019.
Raynon Chiu, China.
Nike Studio Beijing Retail Pop-Up by Coordination Asia
Nike Studio Beijing Retail Pop-Up by Coordination Asia, Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2016—2017. Coordination Asia, China.
Smartstreets-smartbin™ Cigarette/Gum Bin by Chris Garcin and Andrew Farish
Smartstreets-smartbin™ Cigarette/Gum Bin by Chris Garcin and Andrew Farish, Winner in Social Design Category, 2012—2013. Smartstreets Ltd, Great Britain.
The Pavilia Hill Premium Condominium Landscape by Shunmyo Masuno
The Pavilia Hill Premium Condominium Landscape by Shunmyo Masuno, Winner in Landscape Planning Category, 2016—2017. Shunmyo Masuno, Japan.
Lifewtr Series 5: Arts in Education Bottled Water by Pepsico Design & Innovation
Lifewtr Series 5: Arts in Education Bottled Water by Pepsico Design & Innovation, Winner in Packaging Design Category, 2018—2019. PepsiCo Design and Innovation, USA.