Delivering the "Now" of the GOOD DESIGN AWARD

The thoughts that go into the application for the GOOD DESIGN AWARD, The thoughts that go into the judging of the GOOD DESIGN AWARD, Various thoughts intersect and connect The process of exploring "GOOD DESIGN" will be delivered to you.


The First Screening Report of GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2024! The results will be announced on July 2


A five-month-long GOOD DESIGN AWARD screening began on June 6. The first screening is a paper screening. After an online vote from about 100 judges active in Japan and overseas, entries selected for the second screening were decided at the First Screening Session held on June 21.


The GOOD DESIGN AWARD screening is carried out by a screening unit for each field of design. Each unit has four to five judges. They examine entries assigned to their units.

For two consecutive years, there are 19 units in total. A wide range of design fields, from houseware to architecture, systems and services, as well as initiatives and activities, are examined at the same time.

Judges from all sides gather at the venue, and engage in discussion at a round table in each unit.

How is the first screening performed?

The first screening is based on the information registered on the entry site. First, the judges vote online in advance. At the First Screening Session, they engage in discussion based on the voting results, review each of subject entries, and select the entries for the second screening.


In some cases, discussions take place not only in the unit but also across many fields. The chairperson and vice chairpersons also participated in the discussion, adopting multiple perspectives.

Mr. Saito, chairperson, joining in the discussion

In the first screening for this year, one intern from a design university or graduate school nationwide participated in each unit. While providing administrative support for the screening, interns also learned from the perspectives of leading designers and professionals.

Third from left is one of the student interns, taking notes on the discussion. Only one student leader each for a unit took part in the first screening, but about 100 students will participate in the second screening.

For the launch of "New Design"


Mr. Seiichi Saito, chairperson, has also been a judge at design awards around the world. "The design award, which simultaneously examines all kinds of designs including both social design and product design, is quite unique in the world," he said, explaining a key feature of the GOOD DESIGN AWARD.

Because it covers a wide range of design, it’s possible to explore this year's and future design trends through the screening. In light of the trends, he said, "The main role of the GOOD DESIGN AWARD may be to appreciate new trends. I want to let people know about new ideas and designs through this award.”

Messages from chairperson and vice chairpersons are here

In addition, some 30 new judges have joined this year. The number of judges from overseas has also increased. In addition to the diversity of design fields, the screening is conducted from a global perspective.


New judges participating in the first screening

The first screening results will be announced on July 2

Applicants will be notified of the results of the first screening on July 2. Those who pass the first round of screening will register their information for the second round of screening, and preparations will begin for the Second Screening Session, which will be held at Makuhari Messe.


At Makuhari Messe, the judges will see subject entries and display panels. They will also examine them while touching or using them. The screening will last for two days. Please see the GOOD DESIGN AWARD official website for a detailed schedule and subsequent procedures.

Maki Ohashi

Editing & writing

A member of the editorial team for web media “.g Good Design journal.” She plans, edits, and writes content as a freelancer.