iF DESIGN Jury – Diversity, Prestige and Quality

The international jurors await designs from all over the world

The iF DESIGN AWARD jury with judges from great brands and design offices, brings diversity and creative expertise to a new level. With the growing number of entries to the iF DESIGN AWARD competition every year, the number of jurors grew as well: More than 100 design professionals will take part in the iF DESIGN AWARD 2023 Jury Session!

There is much that has changed in the iF Jury over the past years and we at iF are beyond proud of them – but what makes the iF Jury so special?

iF DESIGN AWARD Jury - Ricardo Gomes, Design Center for Global Needs, San Francisco, USA

Anneke Short - The Camden Watch Company and AMS Design Studio London, United Kingdom, iF DESIGN AWARD Jury 2022:

You get to see so many different products and so many different styles of products, the color, the material. It is great to be with the other judges, to be with other people. You have such a wealth of knowledge and of design. It is so fascinating and a pleasure to be here!

More female designers, highly international and neutral: An exceptional jury panel

The iF DESIGN Jury grows in diversity every year!

What makes our jurors so special? First of all, being part of the jury, is a professional appreciation! Our jurors come from over 20 countries. They have to have high intercultural understanding : They should know why a coffee machine in Turkey has to fulfill different criteria as in North America . What else do we look for in our jurors: At best the international design community should know the juror and trust him or her to make an objective, neutral judgement. They have to have an "eye" for the smallest detail and the have to be fair in their judging .

What we are especially proud of at iF and what we – passionately – worked on over the years: The percentage of female jurors grew up to 50 percent ! We could not guarantee a great jury, without the female perspective.

iF DESIGN AWARD Jury - a diverse and international jury panel
iF DESIGN AWARD Jury - a diverse and international expert jury
Frank Zierenberg - Project Coordinator at iF Design

Frank Zierenberg, Project Director at iF Design:

"Every year we do a jury feedback and discuss with iF team members and chair persons the quality of the jury. Did some jurors dismiss our standards? Did they really fulfill all criteria set up for a respectful competition? This way, we can guarantee a fair and balanced jury process every year with the best of the best."

What do the jurors think about the iF Final Jury 2022?

After two "digital" years, the first major live event of iF Design took place in Berlin with 75 design experts from 23 nations: The iF Final Jury 2022 !

The unique charm of the old industrial Wilhelm Hallen provided a special setting for the iF jurors. After three intensive jury days full of competent discussions, arguments, examinations and tests, the winners were determined.

Darragh Murphy, Senior Partner at Brazilian management consultancy DUCO

Darragh Murphy, Senior Partner at Brazilian management consultancy DUCO:

"The jury feedback poster and scorecard is a tool for the design community to improve itself. A lot of information can be gathered from just these few columns of data. Was there consistency across the judges? Is the entry strong in its category but weak in its discipline? That is way more than an „awarded“ or „not awarded“ result."