2016 International Design Awards Winners

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In the 2016 International Design Awards, we received entries from all around the world [enter the 2017 awards for a chance to be featured online and in HOW magazine next year!]. From Lithuania to Nigeria to Qatar to Taiwan, the competition collected submissions from 33 countries. As the International Design Awards gets older (it’s now been running for more than 15 years), it’s attracting better submissions than ever, and remains an opportunity for established and up-and-coming designers to showcase their work to an international audience of peers.

This year, the competition was judged by Marina Willer of PentagramSebastian Padilla of Anagrama, and Dana Arnett of VSA Partners. [Learn more about the design competition judges.]

These winning designs are presented beautifully in HOW magazine’s Spring 2016 issue. Now, we present them here for your online viewing pleasure.

International Design Awards Best of Show

Women’s Gold Medalists is an infographic project illustrating all 276 women who won gold medals at the London Olympics. While watching the London Olympics, designer Wendy Fox was fascinated by the vast variety in body size and shape amongst the elite female athletes.This led to the big idea: Wouldn’t it be interesting to line them all up? Women’s Gold Medalists became an exploration of how to do just that.

Arnett wrote of the project, “In our information-rich world, it’s rare and refreshing to see simple graphic design come to life in such a powerful way. Not only does this work demonstrate how design can transform information, the execution also charms the viewer with its simplicity and beauty. With these great design principles in play, it’s no wonder it works so masterfully across multiple mediums.”

International Design Awards Outstanding Achievements

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