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

Shanghai Film Museum (Museum) by COORDINATION ASIA Ltd.
2016 – 2017, Platinum A’ Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner


Reaching designers, artists, architects, makers, brands and businesses in almost all countries, the A’Design Award reaches over one billion logo impressions from television, social media to traditional publications. Question remains…

What rankings are we talking about here and how do they benefit the A’Global Design contestants?

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.

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.

The World Design Rankings: A quick bio

The World Design Rankings (WDR) rank all the countries based on the number of designers that have been granted the A’ Design Award. It is important to note that countries do not individually join the rankings and they are represented by the participating designers indicating their countries or nationalities. Countries are sorted based on the number of Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron Design Awards won, the total score is calculated based on this table.

180º North East (Novel) by Daniel Kutcher

180º North East (Novel) by Daniel Kutcher 2013 – 2014, Platinum A’ Writing, Literature and Content Design Award Winner

WDR in Arts, Architecture and Design

The United States take first place among 100 represented countries in 2018, with 48 Platinum Design Awards won globally.

Como, Italy (DesignPRWire) December 24, 2018:

Today, WDR – World Design Rankings announced the updated design rankings of countries based on the number of design awards won at international juried design competitions and awards. United States ranked as number 1 among the 100 represented countries, followed by China, Japan, Italy, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Portugal and Australia which took the top positions in 2018.

Pone Transparent Shell (Exhibition Space) by Golden Ho

Pone Transparent Shell (Exhibition Space) by Golden Ho
2015 – 2016, Platinum A’ Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner

Airland Shenzhen (Hotel) by Honglei Liu

Airland Shenzhen (Hotel) by Honglei Liu 2015 – 2016, Platinum A’ Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner

Opx2 (Optic Installation) by jonathon anderson

Opx2 (Optic Installation) by Jonathon Anderson 2013 – 2014, Platinum A’ Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Award Winner

The WDR aim to provide additional data and insights to economists and journalists regarding the state-of-art in design industry. The ultimate aim of the world design rankings is to contribute to global design culture through advocating and highlighting good design. The rankings want to provide a snapshot of the state-of-art and design potential of countries worldwide by highlighting their creative strengths, design weaknesses and available opportunities.

The “Design Business Insights” section provides a ranking of countries based on their success in diverse design fields and creative categories. Using the “Design Business Insights” section, media members and design lovers could discover leading countries for specific design sectors and get answers to their questions such as “Which country is best in industrial design”, “Which country is best in interior design?”, “Which country is the best in fashion design?” etc.

Three new countries have been included in the 2018 rankings: Botswana, Bahrain, Costa Rica. Top 10 did not change significantly this year, except for Hong Kong and Taiwan rising.

Robot (Artwork) by Huayu Li

Robot (Artwork) by Huayu Li 2016 – 2017, Platinum A’ Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Award Winner

Xinhua Bookstore Group Mixed-Use Project (Mixed-Use) by Aedas

Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Mixed-Use Project (Mixed-Use) by Aedas 2016 – 2017, Platinum A’ Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner

Images of Wuhan Wushang Mall Cinema 9f by One Plus Partnership Limited

Wuhan Wushang Mall Cinema 9f (Cinema) by Ajax Law & Virginia Lung
2017 – 2018, Platinum A’ Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner

Category Based Top Designers’ List

Parties who are more interested in the success of individual designers than countries should check the “Design Classifications” platform instead. The “Design Classification Platform” ranks designers, artists and architects in hundreds of creative fields and design categories including architecture, interior design, furniture design, fashion design, graphics design and packaging design among others. Using the “Design Classifications” platform, design enthusiasts could get answers to their questions such as “What is the best advertising design agency in the world?”, “Who is the world’s’ leading architect?”, “Who is the best Graphics designer in Japan” etc.

The “Design Classifications” platform is therefore ideal for both press members to find excellent designers, artists and architects to feature, and is also a great source for businesses who are actively seeking the top talent in any given design field.

Interested parties could discover “Design Classifications” and checkout category based designer rankings at http://www.designclassifications.com

Horizon (Footwear) by WILSON HSU

Horizon (Footwear) by WILSON HSU 2016 – 2017, Platinum A’ Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Award Winner

Designer Rankings

Parties who are interested only to discover top designers, artists and architects regardless of the design discipline could check the individual and overall rankings of all designers, artists and architects at the Designer Rankings website. The Designer Rankings website provides an overall score and ranking of all designers based on the number of design awards won globally, in more than hundred creative disciplines including product design, graphic design, architecture, interior design, fashion design and service design. One may call that this is the list of “Top Designers”.

The Designer Rankings are accessible online at http://www.designerrankings.com

Joseph Felt Chair Seating by Lothar Windels

Joseph Felt Chair Seating by WIndels Lothar. Golden A’ Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items, and Homeware Design Category in 2017

Digital Press Kit

A digital press kit is available for this release, including heat-map, latest rankings, editorial images for articles as well as logos.

Download Digital Press Kit here: http://www.worlddesignrankings.com/presskit.zip

Traces Womenswear Collection by Rong Zhang

Traces Womenswear Collection by Rong Zhang

Traces Womenswear Collection by Rong Zhang

Traces Womenswear Collection by Rong Zhang

Traces Womenswear Collection by Rong Zhang

Traces (Womenswear Collection) by RONG ZHANG
2017 – 2018, Platinum A’ Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design Award Winner


The results are always published first to the designers, there will be a period given to both companies and designers to obtain production rights and patents globally, as well as a four-month period to file for protection. Designers also receive help and support from the A’ Design Award for filing an application to protect their designs. The winning designs will be exhibited in our Gallery and Museum in Italy. The winners can use the A’ Design Award can use badges and stickers free of charge to further underline that their products and designs have been evaluated by a respectful organization and that their products have been marked as great designs. To see the competition timeline click here.

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?


Click here to take part in the A’ Design Award 2019/2020. You can submit your project until February 28th, 2020.




















Featured Image: Cloud Park (Xixi Green Office Complex) by Fanhao Meng
2017 – 2018, Platinum A’ Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
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