World Design Rankings announced

A' Design Award announces World Design Rankings

Dezeen promotion: the A' Design Award has announced its World Design Rankings list of the countries with the highest concentration of talent in arts, architecture and design, with the USA coming first and the UK placed fifth.

World Design Rankings announced

Above: Trend Platter by Lam Wai Ming - A' Design Award winner from Hong Kong, ranked third.
Top: Chongqing Mountain and City Sales Office by One Plus Partnership Ltd - A' Design Award winner from Hong Kong, ranked third.

The rankings are based on the number of A' Design Award winners from each country since the awards began in 2010.

World Design Rankings announced

Above: Zip Tie Massimal by Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin - A' Design Award winner from the USA, ranked first.

The United States of America came out on top with 43 award winners in 2012, followed by Turkey, Hong Kong, Italy and the UK.

World Design Rankings announced

Above: Acutor pencil sharpener by Jaeryong Lee - A' Design Award winner from the Republic of Korea, ranked sixth.

See the full list of 47 ranked countries at

World Design Rankings announced

Above: Panda Liquorice Confectionary by David Pearman - A' Design Award winner from the UK, ranked fifth.

Register for this year's A' Design Award competition until 30 September 2012, and see some of last year’s winning designs here.

The information below is from the A' Design Award:

The World Design Rankings announced the 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 47 represented countries, followed by Turkey, Hong-Kong, Italy, United Kingdom and South Korea.

The WDR – World Design Rankings aims to provide additional data and insights to economists and journalists regarding the state-of-art in design industry. The ultimate aim of the ranking is to contribute to global design scape through advocating and highlighting good design.

WDR Representative Frank Scott noted that this is the first time that such an international ranking for design has been implemented and added “We hope to ignite further competition in the design industry by providing the world design rankings; we believe this is very important for the world, because more competition would lead to better designs; better designs mean longer-lasting products, more ergonomic designs, highly socially responsible projects and so on. At micro-level, the world design rankings help designers understand their world-wide position, however most importantly, at macro-level the world design rankings will push the participating designers, artists and architects to do better, to come up with better products and designs which in turn would create positive impacts for our future generations”.

About WDR – World Design Rankings

World Design Rankings ranks the countries based on design awards won, currently the data has been provided by A’ Design Awards & Competitions, one of the worlds’ most prestigious design awards and competitions with thousands of entries. To learn more about world design rankings and to also see sub-country design rankings please visit

About A' Design Award and Competitions

A' Design Award and Competitions, aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products. A' Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience.