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Judging for IDEA 2019 is now completed and all we have left to do is celebrate the winners live on stage at the IDEA Ceremony & Gala. This star-studded evening event will take place on August 21, 2019 in Chicago, IL. All IDEA participants are encouraged to attend and cheer on in celebration of the year’s best designs. Purchase tickets here.

A few notes for 2019 finalists and winners:

  • All Finalists have a unique opportunity by becoming a Featured Finalist which gains you elevated exposure online and in the annual INNOVATION: Yearbook of Design Excellence. Purchase Featured Finalist packages here
  • All Finalists can request a complimentary Finalist certificate. Please request your certificate by August 16 here.
  • All winners are presented with one complementary IDEA trophy. These are handed out in person at the IDEA Ceremony & Gala. If you can not attend the event and need your trophy mailed to you, please confirm your shipping information here.
  • All winners may purchase additional trophies by September 23 here.



Celebrating excellence for nearly four decades.

The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is one of the longest running and most prestigious design awards programs in existence. Originally founded to recognize exceptional achievement in industrial design, the program has since grown to highlight design in many forms including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted by design teams across the globe, making IDEA one of the largest and most widely anticipated annual awards programs in the world. IDEA set the benchmark for what a design award represents and has endured to become a career-defining catalyst for those talented enough to win.

Since its inception, the goal of IDEA has always remained to identify and honor the pinnacle of design excellence. IDEA is unweathered by shifting fads or transitory styling. Rather, its winners reveal the tremendous significance of design in business, society and beyond. Thus proving that great results are possible when design is leveraged to its fullest potential.

Through a close partnership with The Henry Ford Museum, IDEA winners become a part of its permanent collection and remain an ever-present symbol of ingenuity and mastery of craft.

Maaike Evers, IDSA, co-founder of Mike & Maaike, leads the 2019 jury that includes 40 experts in a wide variety of design disciplines from some of the world’s largest corporations, major design studios and leading universities.

"I truly feel fortunate to have the unique overview of this year's state of our prolific culture and all the products and experiences it produces. I look forward to working with the IDSA, the jurors and The Henry Ford to curate the incredible achievements of this year’s entries for the 39th annual IDEA competition!"


Winning is a significant achievement.

The collection of designers, thought-leaders and visionaries who compose our IDEA Jury epitomize the very best of the industrial design community. Representing industry, consultancy, academia and private practice, they are experts within their fields. Many of them are past IDEA winners who deeply understand the significance of the position. The IDEA jury is charged with the tremendous task of carefully reviewing nearly 2,000 entries across 19 categories. Additionally, they are responsible for maintaining the high level of quality and rigor that has become a hallmark of the IDEA program.

The final round of judging takes place on-site at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. Finalist entries are meticulously evaluated in a blind setting with incredible attention to detail. IDEA's unique jurying process maintains anonymity for all entries to ensure all decisions are solely based upon excellence of design innovation, user experience, benefit to the client, benefit to society and appropriate aesthetics.

See the 2019 Jury