Red Dot Design Ranking 2016: Top 15 companies, studios and universities in the world

Continued investment in design and innovation capability


The Red Dot Design Ranking 2016 honours enterprise and institutions who have continuously pursued design excellence. The ranking is computed using a weighted formula considering the cumulative number and classes of awards received over recent five years. The Red Dot Design Ranking released by the Red Dot Institute consists of four honourary lists for Companies, Design Studios, Universities in Asia Pacific and Universities in Americas and Europe.

Red Dot founder and CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec explains: “This ranking tracks and measures the success of an enterprise in producing exciting new design concepts over a period of time. It is a good reflection of real sustainable design innovation capability of an organisation. It gives these companies and institutions the recognition that they deserve and encouragement toward their continued investment in design”.

Topping and maintaining their rankings this year are KT Corporation (South Korea), in the category for companies; Emami Design (Germany) in the category for Design Studios; Zhejiang University (China) in the category for Universities in the Asia Pacific region. Meanwhile, Umeå Institute of Design (Sweden) rose to the top rank in the category for Universities in Americas & Europe.

The newly ranked organisations include GD Midea Group (China), Deya Culture Communion Xiamen Co Ltd (China), SAP SE (Germany), X-Charger (China) and Lotte Advanced Materials Co Ltd (South Korea) in the rankings among companies; Cambridge Consultants (UK) in the rankings among design studios; University for the Creative Arts (UK) in the rankings among the Universities in Americas and Europe.

This year’s Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2016 received 4698 entries from 60 countries. 21 international design experts from the Red Dot jury panel selected 340 design concepts to be honoured this 22 September 2016.

The winning concepts and designers will be announced and presented during the awarding ceremony at the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore. Unveiling on the same night are the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2016 for Design Concept, winners’ exhibition at the museum as well as the online exhibition accessible at the official competition website.