European Design Awards


The European Design Awards, also known as the ED-Awards, are annual awards presented to European designers for outstanding work in the communication design field. The ED-Awards is a joint initiative of design magazines from across Europe and endorsed by the International Council of Design. The ED-Awards are judged by a panel of representatives (journalists and design critics) from fifteen European design magazines, while the winning submissions are featured in the ED-Awards Catalogue.


The ED-Awards is different from other design awards schemes in that the jury is not made up of designers, but of design journalists and critics – people who see and judge work for a living.[1] Further more, since the ED-Awards organisation is made up of design magazines, it provides an opportunity for everyone submitting work, to have it featured in a number of these media. A lot of stories and articles are created through the submitted work every year.[2]


The jury consists of fifteen representatives from high-profile European design magazines.[3]

  • designaustria, Austria
  • TYPO, Czech Republic
  • grafia, Finland
  • étapes:, France
  • novum, Germany
  • +design, Greece
  • Progetto Grafico, Italy
  • BNO Vormberichten, The Netherlands
  • 2+3D, Poland
  • [kAk) , Russia
  • Visual, Spain
  • CAP&Design, Sweden
  • IDPURE, Switzerland
  • Grafik Tasarim, Turkey
  • Eye, UK


There are 35 award categories, in seven groups,[4] covering branding, packaging, exhibition design, typography, digital design, illustration and self-promotion, among others. There are also three special distinctions: Agency of the year, Best of show and Jury prize.

European Design Agency of the yearEdit

The top accolade in the ED-Awards is every time, the distinction bestowed upon the most (creatively) successful studio of the continent. This title has so far been awarded to:[5]

  • 2008 Beetroot Design Group, Greece
  • 2010 Lava Design, the Netherlands
  • 2011 Les Graphiquants, France
  • 2012 Silo, the Netherlands
  • 2013 Jaeger & Jaeger, Germany
  • 2014 R2, Portugal
  • 2015 Ermolaev Bureau, Russia
  • 2016 Raffinerie AG für Gestaltung, Switzerland
  • 2017 Silo, the Netherlands
  • 2018 Vruchtvlees, the Netherlands
  • 2019 Kind, Norway [6]
  • 2020 ANTI, Norway [7]

Host citiesEdit

Each year's results are announced during a ceremony which is hosted in a different European city. So far, the European Design Awards ceremonies (and accompanying events) have been hosted by:

Related linksEdit


  1. ^ Eye Magazine
  2. ^ Pool, #21 March 2012, ISSN 0976-1659, p. 3
  3. ^ Jury
  4. ^ Categories Archived December 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ List of European Design Agencies of the year
  6. ^ Kind kåret til årets byrå i European Design Awards
  7. ^ The Top 3 Winners of the European Design Awards 2020
  8. ^ European Design Awards serão entregues no Porto em maio e as candidaturas já estão abertas
  9. ^ Oslo and grafill chosen to host 2018 european design awards
  10. ^ Domus: European Design Festival: Warsaw is the capital of graphic design 2019
  11. ^ València será sede de los European Design Awards en 2020
  12. ^ Los European Design Awards 2020 se suspenden… pero todavía hay esperanza
  13. ^ Los European Design Awards cancelan su edición de 2020 pero prometen a València ser sede en 2021

External linksEdit

  • Official European Design Awards site
  • 2013 Winners