From 23 October 2020 until 3 January 2021, the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen shows works from the field of communication design, originating in 30 different countries and ranging from books to adverts, posters, brand and corporate design as well as packaging. All of the works received a distinction in the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design 2020. » More

The exhibition of the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year is awaited with particular excitement every year. In 2020, the honorary title went to the Fiskars Design Team, which designs for one of Finland’s oldest companies and has become known primarily for scissors and garden tools with bright orange elements. The exhibition, which will be on display until the end of January 2021, provides an insight into the work and design philosophy of the Fiskars Design Team. It bears the sonorous title “Onnellisuus – designed by Fiskars” – the term “Onnellisuus” is the Finnish word for happiness. » More

From Australia to Mexico and all the way to the Philippines – for a whole year, the Red Dot Design Museum will be hosting award-winning products from 60 countries, which of course include countries like Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, the USA and Germany that are traditionally strong on design. The exhibition “Milestones in Contemporary Design” in the White Hall presents the 76 best products of 2020 – the current milestones in international product design.Spread over five floors, the exhibition “Design on Stage” meanwhile gives visitors a comprehensive overview of current product design trends and developments.

» Here you can watch a short video of the exhibition.

There were and are many different approaches to defining good design. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, good design is multi-layered – a product should be able to convince on several levels. According to Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of Red Dot, to do so, it must combine the four qualities of good design. At this point we explain in a small series of articles what good design actually means and what these four design qualities are that a product should bring with it. » More

“There are many museums. But only a few are explicitly dedicated to design,” introduces “NZZ Bellevue” its latest article on “The 8 best design museums in the world”. The Red Dot Design Museum ranks among them, according to the Swiss web portal, which is run by the editorial office of “Stil” (“Style”) magazine from “NZZ am Sonntag” (“Sunday New Zurich Newspaper”). It is in good company – with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum Danmark in Copenhagen or the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The Red Dot Design Museum Essen, which is located on the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site, shows exclusively Red Dot prize-winning products. In its permanent exhibition or as part of special exhibitions, they are staged impressively before the historic industrial backdrop.

Current product culture in the midst of industrial architecture: With more than 2,000 exhibits, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen presents the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design in the former boiler house of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein, a former coal mine complex. Innovative and well-shaped objects from around 45 nations make the quality of good design become experienceable at close range because touching and testing many of the exhibits is allowed. From inventive USB flash drive to shapely furniture to a gyrocopter pending from the ceiling: all items were awarded with the Red Dot quality seal in one of the largest international design competitions.

In an interview back in 1985, Steve Jobs (1955–2011), probably the world’s most successful design entrepreneur to date, said: “Everything starts with a great product.” With Apple, he demonstrated that success might start with a good product, but that in itself is not enough. With products like the iMac, iPod, iPad, MacBook and iPhone, the company provided repeated proof of its innovative prowess, creating archetypes of a digital and connected world. The Apple table presents a selection of Red Dot awarded products on the ground floor. » More