Jury Members and Evaluation

The international jury is composed of experts from their respective fields. Each jury member and its team will review all the entries in their category and select the top five shortlisted submissions. The shortlisted submissions will be evaluated by the entire jury to determine the category winner and honourable mentions.

Submissions to the IIID award will be judged on the following criteria:
1) Quality of the employed problem solving procedure:
- identifying the information needs of users
- making needed information available, accessible, understandable/usable
- assessing the effectiveness s of the provided information, it at all possible
2) Attractiveness and elegance of the designed information

The IIID award will recognize outstanding work done in the field. The breadth of information design has led us to develop 15 categories of awards, focused on specific topic areas. They include:



Focus of the Call for Submissions†

The IIID award will recognize outstanding work done in the field. The breadth of information design has led us to develop 15 categories of awards, focused on specific topic areas. They include:

Information design that makes physical, social and mental well-being possible.

Submissions should focus on money matters including: economics, personal financial management, banking and investments.

Navigation in unfamiliar environments.

Traffic and Public Transport
Ensuring people get where they need to go by foot, underground, bike, car, bus, airplane, boat...

Social Affairs
Projects that make a positive, tangible, impact on a specific population.

Emergency / Safety
Ensuring hazards are properly identified and avoided, and the consequences when they're not.

Corporate Design and Communications
Helping companies/businesses to fully and completely express themselves and what they have to offer.

Projects that focus on educational or instructional information design.

Products and Services
Projects making products and services accessible, understandable and beneficial for the users.

Submission related to media, journalism and writing.

Universal Design
Information design that creates an inclusive environment.

Future Concepts
New and innovative projects. Something that makes us wish we had thought of it first!

Methods and tools for information design.

Focused on the relevance of ecological issues and impact on natural resources as well as "green" design practices for information design.

Student Work
Open to those who are studying to be information designers with no restriction on the theme of the submission.

Gli Additivi/ Italy

An association by Andrea Aufieri, Margherita MacrÏ, Marco Spinelli / Lecce

Gli Additivi. We are Andrea Aufieri (journalist), Margherita MacrÏ (editor) and Marco Spinelli (graphic designer). We promote the open data culture. We share a passion for the stories, according to our skills and through the path followed so far: the data, the story, the design. Each of us was an additive for others and together we try to improve the field that we chose by simplyfing most complex things. We were born in 2014 in Italy to discover the consequences of hybridizing our passions. The first step has to do with the Socratic: Visualize, the first laboratory from below, based on data culture. For us, this is an innovative way to help social actors to think about themselves and their interactions. Additives as we facilitate and improve the quality of these processes.

Thomas Bade / Germany

CEO of the Institute for Universal Design in Munich.

Thomas Bade, who holds a degree in social education, sees social design and social entrepreneurship as the key element of universal design. For ten years, he has been committed to achieving the aim of entrenching universal design in business, academia and society. Thomas Bade is a co-founder of universal design e.V., signatory to the Weimar Declaration and lecturer for Industrial Design at the Technical University of Munich. Since July 2016, he has also served as the CEO of the Institute for Universal Design in Munich.

Jacqueline Gothe / Australia

Director Visual Communication Design
School of Design University of Technology Sydney

Jacqueline Gothe is a visual communication design academic in the area of information and communication design. Committed to practice led research her methodological investigation is guided by the knowledge creating paradigm of research through design. Jacquelineís research is concerned with the role and practice of the critical information and communication designer in collaborative transdisciplinary projects. Her doctorate Tracing Country: Visual Communication Design and Chorography. Towards a critical practice in Visual Communication Design, awarded in 2016, investigates the role of the visual communication designer in complex interdisciplinary and cross-cultural environmental communication design projects. Since 2011 she has participated in research projects concerned with river health, biodiversity and ecological resilience while continuing her work with the Indigenous-led initiative Firesticks and The Living Knowledge Place.†

Keiichi Koyama / Japan

i Design inc.
Managing director and designer

Keiichi is a signage and information designer in Japan, specialized in signage design of public facilities, such as airports, railway stations, and environmental design fields. He has been working for the sign systems of Narita, Haneda, Kansai, New Chitose and Central Japan airports, and the sign manuals of Central Japan, West Japan and Keikyu railway companies. He also designs many kinds of communication support board which are necessary to facilitate communication for persons who have difficulties communicating, then established the international standard ISO 19027: Design principles for communication support board using pictorial symbols. His main objective is to communicate information by developing and providing user-friendly signage systems. He is a member of IIID, SDS in UK, and collaborates with ISO/TC 145 as a chair of Japanese national committee for ISO/TC 145/SC 1 : Public graphical symbols.

Christian Lunger / Austria

motas ñ design & products for smart places
Co-founder, service designer

Christian Lunger was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1970 and grew up in Tirol/Austria. He studied international economics at the University of Innsbruck and at Aston University, Birmingham/England. He is a professionally educated systemic organisation consultant, service designer, quality manager and co-founder of motadesign.com. motas is a consultancy and design company specializing in environmental/experiential graphic design. Their work includes wayfinding systems, exhibit design, virtual and mixed reality storytelling and video storytelling for the built and natural environment. He is co-author of the book ìOrientierung auf Reisen - a handbook for wayfinding systems in the tourist industryî.

Maija Rozenfelde / Latvia

Art Academy of Latvia, Riga / Lecturer
Design studio Foreign Embassy / Design Director

After receiving her masterís degree from Pratt Institute in New York City, Maija immersed herself in solving branding and packaging needs for global brands such as Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Google, Accenture and others. In 2014 Maija received RedDot Award for her innovative packaging design for pistachio nuts. Maija is currently design director of Foreign Embassy design studio in Riga, Latvia, where she injects her knowledge and award-winning talent across different branding and packaging projects. Since her return back home, Maija has joined the faculty of Art Academy of Latvia where she shares the knowledge and is in charge of developing a new program in graphic and packaging design.

Susan Verba / USA

University of California, Davis
Associate Professor, Design, and Director, Center for Design in the Public Interest
Principal and co-founder, Studio/lab (San Francisco & Chicago)†

University of California, Davis professor Susan Verba (Department of Design) directs the UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi). She brings together teams of creative people from different fields to solve problems through better design and to study how interdisciplinary groups work, investigating the question: What does democratic design look like? Susanís academic background includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MFA in Graphic Design. She also is principal and co-founder of Studio/lab, where she leads research-based projects and advocates for the value of design in corporate, nonprofit, and government communications