world design rankings 2013
world design rankings 2013
jan 06, 2014

world design rankings 2013


world design rankings 2013




each december, world design rankings (WDR) releases a list that positions countries according to the number of international juried design competitions and awards they have won over the last twelve-month period. organized by the A’ design award & competition, the aim of the WDR is to provide data and insights to economists and journalists regarding the art, architecture and design industries, and bring to light the annual contributions made to global design culture through advocation.


2013 saw 69 countries evaluated, with puerto rico and iceland among them, debuting for the first time under a new section called ‘design business insights’ that scores countries based on their success in diverse design fields and categories, broken down into three additional tables (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities) for each nation.


‘design strengths’ indicate dominant design fields in which a country is competitive and successful in, allowing media and the general public to discover who leads in specific sectors, such as: ‘which country is best in industrial design?’; ‘which country is best in interior design?’; and ‘which country is best in automotive design?’. ‘design weaknesses’ charts whether or not a country is below average in comparison to others in the context of a specific design category; while ‘design opportunities’ is an evaluation of the undiscovered areas of design which could be further explored by country.


further breaking down the world design rankings in this way allows media and design enthusiasts in the various creative disciplines, to more easily understand and discuss the importance of the discipline’s diverse areas in relation to each individual country. the insights could also be used by policy makers to determine whether or not a specific sector or industry could receive government subsidies or subvention.


you may view the full world design rankings for 2013 here and view the general grading for this year below:

world design rankings 2013

score points legend:

world design rankings 2013 platinum award counts as six (6)
world design rankings 2013 a golden award counts as five (5)
world design rankings 2013 silver award counts as (4)
world design rankings 2013 bronze award counts as three (3)
world design rankings 2013 A’ award (marked as iron) counts as two (2)



the 2013-2014  A’ design award & competition winners have been organized under three different categories: the ‘world design rankings’ (which lists the ranking of all represented countries), ‘designer rankings’ (individual rankings of designers i.e. the design hall of fame), and ‘design classifications’ (category based rankings).

world design rankings 2013
‘rising moon’ by stanley siu
platinum A’ architecture, building and urban design award winner, 2013-2014
read more about this project on designboom here


world design rankings 2013
‘school of technology and management’ by nuno montenegro
platinum A’ architecture, building and urban design award winner, 2013-2014


world design rankings 2013
‘the float real estate agency’ by kris lin
platinum A’ architecture, building and urban design award winner, 2013-2014


world design rankings 2013
‘the ring house & atelier’ by marwan zgheib
platinum A’ architecture, building and urban design award winner, 2013-2014


world design rankings 2013
‘smartstreets-cyclepark™ transformational bike parking by chris garcin and andrew farish smartstreets ltd.
platinum A’ design award winner in street furniture design category, 2013-2014


world design rankings 2013
in addition to accessing particular information about a country’s creative status amongst others, the world design rankings also allow one to find individual designers which is possible through the design classifications platform which ranks architects, artists and designers within hundreds of different fields — from architecture, fashion and furniture design, graphic design, interior design, packaging etc. the system provides answers to questions such as: ‘what is the best advertising design agency in the world?’; ‘who is the world’s leading architect?’; ‘who is the best graphics designer in japan?’ etc. this bracket is ideal for press to locate specific designers, artists and architects to feature, as well as standing as a good resource for business who are seeking talent to collaborate with. you can discover ‘design classifications’ and find out more about the category based designer rankings at:



world design rankings 2013

those only interested in discovering the top architects, artists and designers, without any interest in a particular discipline, are able to check the individual and overall rankings of all architects, artists and designers on the ‘designer rankings‘ website. the system provides scores and overall standings of designers based on the number of awards won globally, drawing from more than a hundred creative disciplines that include: architecture, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, production design and service design. the ‘designer rankings’ can be viewed online at:



world design rankings 2013
A’ design award & competition


the A’ design award and competition aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide. the primary aim of the award is to create publicity, PR push and advertisement opportunities for award winners while supporting the global design culture, creating incentives for entrants to come up with superior designs for a better future. learn more or submit your projects at:

  • Worst Ranking ever. You can’t valuate a country design industry by the amount of awards. Switzerland, Sweden or Finland down Iran? Are you kidding?

    ysl says:
  • I don’t get it! The rank of countries in the age of the World Wide Web can be affected by a variety of different variables which could be manipulated to form many different statistic scenarios. I believe that there should be more kudos to individual designers and design teams rather than patting ones own back while hanging off the apron strings of numbers for a country.

    cliff ansley says:
  • I’d be interested to have another column: “Number of working designers” for each country – a useful comparative figure in this case I think.

    pb says:
  • A proper ranking would have been interesting, but unfortunately this is very very far from that.

    Hans G Andersson says:
  • Many countries including the USA and specialy China and the UAE have foreign designers, architects and engineers as prime A&E designers or firms or consultants. I do not see the merit of this ranking unless the awards are truly products of the local talents , i.e., citizens.

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • You can check out all countries and designers in detail at

    tatapata says:
  • You had ONE job !

    luard says:
  • wow jealous much? Yes Hans America is a melting pot big deal. Most countries are. If that gives them a better environment to encourage better design so be it. Who cares why its true it just is. You could also say countries with English as a primary language have an advantage which is why Japan will never be number 1.

    markjamesdesign says:

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