Submarine Channel big winner Dutch Design Awards with Refugee Republic

October 24 2015
Photo: Bo van Veen
Photo: Bo van Veen

The annual Dutch Design Awards were presented in the Effenaar in Eindhoven this weekend. Big winner was Submarine Channel: the agency won the Future Award with Refugee Republic and also pocketed the prize in the Communication category. Awards were presented across six categories. In addition, there were special prizes for young talent (Young Designer Award), best client (Best Client Award) and the public award (Frame Public Award).

Future Award

Refugee Republic is an interactive online documentary about daily life in the Syrian refugee camp Domiz in Northern Iraq. Drawings, photographs, film, sound and text portray both the refugees and their (temporary) world. With the Future Award (prize for the most promising design for the future) the international jury, chaired by Frank Houben (Global Brand Director KLM), has rewarded a relevant project about a current theme with obvious social benefits.

Other categories

Winners in the other categories are Van Gogh Multimediatour by Fabrique (Service & Systems), Mortal Cities & Forgotten Monuments by Arna Mackic (Design Research), Pani Ambachtsschool by SchilderScholte architecten (Habitat), Postsorteerhulpmiddel by FLEX/the INNOVATION LAB (Product) and Najaarscollectie 2015 by Lucas Ossendrijver/Lanvin (Fashion). Designer Teresa van Dongen received the special encouragement prize for young talent, the Young Designer Award. Eindhoven365 was rewarded with the Best Client Award. The annual public prize (Frame Public Award) went to Ambulance Drone by Alec Momont.

Dutch Design Awards

Dutch Design Awards are internationally renowned prizes for the best in the field of design in the Netherlands. The award ceremony, an exhibition of the work by all of the finalists during Dutch Design Week and the publication of the Dutch Design Yearbook (in cooperation with nai010 publishers) jointly form a platform for the full spectrum of Dutch design.