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In a two-phase procedure, the projects submitted are nominated by acknowledged specialists for consideration by the jury. All decisions are taken by the independent jury.

Any forms of expression that have relevance for design may be submitted. The common mandatory criteria that apply to all disciplines are as follows:

  • Design quality

  • Innovative content

  • Aesthetic consistency

  • Social relevance

  • Innovative vision

  • Economic importance

  • Market conformity

  • Sustainability

To map, award, market and facilitate:

Design Prize Switzerland has the task of actively portraying the nominated and later award-winning design achievements as innovative and differentiating features of the Swiss economy. On the one hand, this is achieved by supporting the candidates and prize-winners in their own communications as a marketing label. On the other hand, Design Prize Switzerland is investing in a diversified, market-compliant communication scheme consisting of strategic marketing communication, exhibitions, participation at trade fairs and networking together with marketing in Switzerland and abroad.

In both the prize categories of Rado Star Prize for Young Talents and Swiss Textiles Prize for Fashion- and Textile Start-ups, additional prize-money of CHF 15,000 is being awarded in each case.

Sub Categories

  • Development of spatial structures in combination with social

  • Converting existing homes for self-determined living and life for the elderly
  • Residential, living and community living concepts for the phases of life between a self-determined move and the transition to a care home environment
  • Concepts of community living for the elderly and trans-generational living
  • Living environment: residential, district and urban development with focus on social exchange, social integration, care and services that support living at home

  • Forms of living with support, care and nursing (excluding hospitals)

Against the background of age-related, demographic change, new ways of living are emerging, which place new requirements on living and life for the elderly. Implemented solutions and services as well as applied research work and feasible concepts are being sought from the fields named beside.

In this prize category the experts will nominate active designers, companies and institutions with corresponding research results, solutions that are to be implemented or have been implemented can recommend their work for nomination.

The assessment criteria include the following:

  • Accessibility and affordability of contemporary housing and care institution solutions

  • Architectural concepts and settlement. Indoors and outdoors as living areas

  • Spatial and social structures

  • Accessibility and aesthetics as integrating elements

  • Health-promoting aspects such as light, colour, textiles, materials, haptics

  • Housing for people with specific care needs (e.g. dementia)

  • Technical solutions and usability for home, social networking, supply and security

  • Living feeling, comfort, cosiness and health-promoting aspects such as colour, light, materialisation and orientation

Sub Categories

  • Graphic

  • Publishing

  • New Media

  • Interaction Design, Games, Serious Games

  • Corporate Identity & Corporate Design, Branding

  • Integrated Communication Campaigns

  • Exhibitions

  • UX Design

The assessment criteria include the following:

  • Communication value, message

  • Expressiveness

  • Realisation

  • Media application(s)

  • Focus on a target group

Sub Categories

Design Driven Solutions for Consumer Goods, Applying or Inventing Energy-Efficient Technologies

  • Consumer Goods - e.g. home appliances, lighting products, others

  • Marketable Projects, Concepts and Prototypes based on a Proof of Concept

  • Applying or Inventing Solutions, Technologies and Services Enabling Increased Energy-Efficiency

  • Applied Research & Development

The assessment criteria include the following:

Prizes will be awarded to products, projects and services from all sectors, which thanks to the design processes and/or good design compared with other conventional solutions on the market, markedly increase energy efficiency and therefore have the potential to save significant amounts of energy on the market.

Use in operation is to be compared with previous energy consumption, i.e. consumption of a current conventional product on the market, which is regarded as energy efficient, over a year for the same benefits. It is subdivided into electricity, combustible fuels and propellants.

In addition, it should be indicated how much energy is required to produce a product or project. This means the so-called grey energy of energy consumption in production for the market.

Sub Categories

  • Fashion Design

The assessment criteria include the following:

  • Creativity, appeal and comfort

  • Innovation and stringency

  • Use of materials

  • Technology and processing

Sub Categories

  • Furniture


The assessment criteria include the following:

  • Form and function

  • Materials and processing

  • Product culture and social relevance

  • Environmental and ergonomic aspects

Sub Categories

  • Consumer Goods at Large

  • Home Appliances

  • Kitchen and Bath

  • Watches, Jewellery, Accessories

  • Shoes, Bags

  • Lighting

  • Healthcare

The assessment criteria include the following:

  • Function, form, usefulness and innovative aspects

  • Use of materials and processing

  • Development process and sustainability

  • Product culture and social relevance

Sub Categories

  • Technical Goods for the Industry

  • Machines

  • Investment Goods

  • Medtech

  • Microelectronics

  • ToolingTransportation

  • Materials

  • Others


The assessment criteria include the following:

  • Function, form, usefulness and efficiency

  • Use of materials and processing

  • Economic and ecological aspects

  • Development process


Sub Categories

  • Communication

  • Fashion

  • Furniture

  • Interdisciplinary

  • Product Design

  • Research

  • Spatial

  • Textile

The assessment criteria include the following:

The prize is aimed at talented designers of the younger generation:

These include professionals from all design institutes who have completed a course in Design or in a design-related subject within the last three years.

Submissions may include products, projects, concepts and prototypes

  • which have been conceived, designed or produced as original creations

  • which have been developed as limited editions or commissioned works for institutes or galleries.

The following are excluded:

  • Commissioned works for commercial brands

  • Watches and clocks

Submissions for the competition must, as a minimum requirement, include a finalised and presentable concept.

Sub Categories

  • Research projects across all disciplines

The assessment criteria include the following:

Awarded to projects in the field of applied design research, design theory and design history which are notable for their innovative methods and/or conclusions and which enrich design discourse and/or establish new fundamental principles.


Sub Categories

  • Interior Conepts

  • Retail / Shop

  • Exhibitions

  • Scenography

  • Stage Design

The assessment criteria include the following:

  • Programme and context

  • Use of materials

  • Communication value

Sub Categories

  • Fashion

  • Textile

The prize is awarded to start-up companies founded within the last five years previous to the current edition of DPS:

The following assessment criteria apply:

  • Design quality and stringency of products and collections to date

  • Brand and product design:
  • USP and unique identity
  • Branding
  • Marketing & communication
  • Retail / point-of-sales presentation

  • Social relevance

  • Sustainable approach

  • Businessplan

  • Milestones achieved or to be achieved in the coming three years in terms of the business model (brand, design, production and sales)

Sub Categories

  • Yarn, Twines, Threads, Ribbons, Bands

  • Ropes / Cord

  • Textile Surface Structures; Fabric, Flooring

  • Carpets

  • Embroidery

  • Textile Refinement Processes

  • Fiber Reinforced Textiles

  • Medical Textiles

The assessment criteria include the following:

  • Technologies used

  • Material combinations

  • Expressive of the spirit of the timesInnovation

  • Innovation

  • Functionality