It’s time of the year when WDR (World Design Rankings) announces its update design rankings of countries based on the amount of design awards won at international juried design competitions and awards. The first place is still held by United States, this country has won 174 Design Awards globally in 2014, followed by other countries Italy, England, Japan Brazil, China, and more, you can find the list at the end of this article.
What is World Design Rankings?
WDR is a prestigious organization that aims to provide additional data and insights to journalists and economists to things related to state-of-art in design industry. Ultimately, WDR goal is to contribute to the global design culture by advocating and highlighting good design. The rankings provided here offers everyone to have a snapshot of the state-of-art and design potentials of countries worldwide, thus, underlining their creativeness, weakness, or any available opportunities in term of design. The “Design Business Insights” section offers a ranking of countries based on its success in diverse design fields and creative categories, it answers most of your questions related to design such as “Which country is the best in interior design?” or “Which country is best in industrial design”, and so on, media members and design lovers would find this section pretty interesting.
The 2014 Update
In 2014, the top 10 new countries in the rankings are Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Belarus, Sri Lanka, Norway, Cyprus, Albania, Qatar and Colombia. The top 10 position is pretty much the same compared to last year except that China is climbing from 8th to 7th position, replacing Brazil who owned the previous position.
From Design Business Insights, you’ll be able to checkout 3 additional tables that measure strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of each country. The “Design Strengths” provides you with information about dominant design fields, each country is usually specialize or more competitive than others in specific design fields. For example, Italy, this country stands out in Fashion Design, Graphic Design, and Furniture Design. The “Design Weaknesses” provides you with design fields which are below average compared to other countries, while “Design Opportunities” provides you with design categories that can be explored further in a country. This is all precious information for design enthusiasts as well as press member, it helps them to understand the importance of diverse design sectors in different country.
Top Designers’ List
If you prefer to get details information in individual designers instead of countries, you can checkout “Design Classifications” platform. This place ranks designers, artists, and architects in hundreds different creative fields such as furniture design, fashion, architecture, packaging, lighting, and many more. This information answers your questions such as “Who is the best advertising design agency in the world?” or “Who is world’s leading architect?”. You can find more information about this category http://www.designclassifications.com
You can find top designers, architects, and artists regardless the design discipline from this site: http://www.designerrankings.com
Designer Rankings website provides you with overall score and ranking of all designers regardless their design fields based on the number of awards won globally.
It’s remarkable that such small countries like hong kong and to some extent italy and the uk can achieve such a high status given their relatively small populations. I would expect the US to have achieved more considering ghe size of market available. Hey ho…