Sunday, October 18, 2009

Designers Seek the Coveted G-Mark Sign of the Good Design Awards

The Good Design Awards is a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design organized by Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO).

The award’s parent organization is the Good Design Products Selection System (commonly known as the G Mark system), established in 1957 by the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). This award system was born out of the belief that design was essential in breaking out of the cycle of poverty in Japan at the time. Since then, the Good Design Award has been given to outstanding designs for more than 50 years in the pursuit of prosperous lives and industrial development. Approximately 35,000 Good Design Awards have been given in continuing these efforts.

The most distinguished designs are selected from those submitted for consideration for the Good Design Awards. JIDPO receives approximately 3,000 submissions from more than 1,000 companies and designers every year. These designs are screened by about 70 design experts, who select and recommend those designs worthy of the Good Design Awards.

The Good Design Awards aims to channel the power of distinctive designs to build prosperous lives and encourage sound industrial development - to brighten and enrich society through design. Design is essential to improving the lives of every individual in the twenty-first century.

Click on the heading above to learn more about the Good Design Awards.

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