Dezeen Awards judges define good design in three words

In this video, the 2022 Dezeen Awards judges aim to succinctly describe good design ahead of the Dezeen Awards winners' announcement tomorrow.

Asked to sum up good design in three words some of the responses given by the Dezeen Awards 2022 judges included "contextual", "fun", "provocative", "desirable" and "soulful".

Jeremy Offer, chief design officer of British electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival who judged the design categories described good design as "minimal, magical and mindful".

Joining Offer on the design panel was Meneesha Kellay, co-curator of the 2023 British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, who thinks good design "is not harmful".

Meneesha Kellay
Meneesha Kellay helped ratify the design category winners

Babette Porcelijn, part of the sustainability panel, was of the opinion that good design is "solving societal issues".

Assemble co-founder Paloma Strelitz was an architecture judge and advocated for social accessibility. Good design should be focused on "community, sustainability and access", she said.

"Form, function, and of course, meaning," said French architect India Madhavi, who judged this year's interiors.

Andres Reisinger
Andrés Reisinger was one of four judges on the media master jury panel

Lore Group creative director Jacu Strauss joined Madhavi on the interiors panel and thought "confidence, truthfulness and delight" were the key defining words.

Digital designer Andrés Reisinger judged the media entries and disagreed, good design is one that "creates more problems", he told Dezeen.

Final winners revealed at tonight's party

The overall architecture project of the year, interiors project of the year and design project of the year will be awarded at the Dezeen Awards party held at One Hundred Shoreditch in London tomorrow evening, alongside the six studio category winners, which reward a company's all-around design excellence.

The overall award winners will be chosen from the category winners that were announced earlier this month.

Follow us tonight on social media from 7pm London time for live winner updates.