February 23 2017

Dutch Design Awards (DDA) celebrates the future. The open call for Dutch Design Awards 2017 announces the 15th edition of the most prestigious design prizes in the country. DDA has rewarded Dutch designers since 2003 for their most impressive, innovative, ground-breaking and sometimes world-improving projects. With Be the Future DDA calls to all established designers and young talents to submit their work and have a change to win a Dutch Design Award.

Designers shape the future that lies before us. Which of them will change the world and in what way and on what scale? Tomorrow’s reality is being designed today. Are you one of the top designers that designs our daily lives and even designs our future? Submit your project now for the Dutch Design Awards 2017!


Thanks to BNO and DesignLink, the Dutch Design Awards saw the light of day as the Dutch Design Prizes in 2003. Since 2005 DDA has been based in the design capital Eindhoven. With the competition, the awards show, a retrospective exhibition and the publication of Dutch Design Today the Dutch Design Awards is a unique platform for Dutch design. With this DDA shows and rewards the best in the field of Dutch design and brings the finalists under attention of fellow designers, press and the public at large. DDA is part of Dutch Design Foundation and is the highlight of Dutch Design Week, that yearly attracts 300.000 visitors.

Read all about the advantages of participation here.


Submissions for the six main Dutch Design Awards categories can be made from 23 February until 3 April 2017: PRODUCT, FASHION, HABITAT, COMMUNICATION, DESIGN RESEARCH, SERVICE & SYSTEMS.

Young designers can register for the YOUNG DESIGNER AWARD from 23 February until 18 April.

The BEST CLIENT AWARD is open for submissions from May 3 until June 14, 2017.

The best from all the categories are awarded the FUTURE AWARD and, during DDW, the PUBLIC AWARD will also be presented.

Read all about the categories here.


Committees of independent experts compile a shortlist of finalists based on submissions and scouted work. From these shortlists an international jury of professionals from a diversity of disciplines selects the winners. For an up-to-date and complete overview, please visit the DDA website. Submitted projects are evaluated against the following criteria: AESTHETICS, IMPACT, INNOVATION, MANUFACTURING METHOD, COOPERATION. The degree to which the design is innovative and/or makes a relevant contribution to society is decisive.

See all committee and jury members here.

Will your design or collaboration make a difference? Submit your work now!