19 October - 2 November 2008


Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards, aims to demonstrate the benefits that good design brings to Turkish society and industry, by rewarding good design which respects user needs, provides added value and competitive advantage to the product.

Above: Press meeting and event launch, held on May 30, 2008.

Award categories

Design Turkey Awards are presented under two main categories:
  • Product Design Awards: given to the products due to the evaluation of the jury, which meet certain criteria among the products, which are manufactured and launched in the market, and passed the pre-evaluation stage.
  • Good Design Awards: Good design is functional, usable and honest. It responds to the users' needs. It does not harm human health, safety and the environment. Its benefit and cost is proportional. It is detailed for a good quality production. Good Design Awards are given as a result of the evaluation on sectional basis considering these criteria.
  • Superior Design Awards: If a good design is at the same time innovative or superior in its functionality or visuality, offers new possibilities to its user, contributes to the development of work environment, brand or development of industry, or contributes positively to the society, culture or environment, it is superior in comparison to other designs. Superior design awards are given to the designs, among Good Design Award winners, which fulfil at least one-superiority criteria.
  • TURQUALITY® Design Awards: given to the outstanding five (5) designs, among superior design awards winners with a Turkish brand.
  • Conceptual Design Awards: given to the design projects due to the evaluation of the jury, which meet conceptual design criteria among the design projects, which are not programmed for manufacture, and passed the pre-evaluation stage.

Online application

Application requirements and dates for the award are published on the event website.


Group of experts composed of 30 people evaluate the online applications according to award context, suitability and originality.


Owners of products that pass pre-evaluation stage are invited to the exhibition in Istanbul. Expert juries evaluate the exhibited real products and presentation boards and present the awards accordingly. For larger products, the jury will examine their scaled models and/or large photographs.


Awards are published to the press and public through the award ceremony at the exhibition opening. Exhibition is open to the public, press establishments, public institutions, manufacturing companies, high level representatives of business life and all actors of the design world.


The conference in 2008 will place emphasis on contemporary approaches in design practice from practitioners', design managers', educationalists' and strategists' perspective. It aims to demonstrate how design brings success at corporate level through cases of success stories and how it can contribute to the development of national industry and economy.

About Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards

Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards, is a design evaluation system organized with the collaboration of Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade (DTM), Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) and Industrial Designers Society of Turkey (ETMK), within the framework of TURQUALITY® programme in order to reward good design in Turkey, which provides added value and competitive advantage to the products in local and international markets, and which respects users' needs. Theoretical infrastructure of Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards System is coordinated by ETMK, by collecting views from an advisory board composed of experts from designers, academics and interdisciplinary professionals.

For official event details, please visit the event website.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Filiz Özsuca
PK 2, 06810, Çayyolu, Ankara, Turkey
t : +90 (530) 643 56 66
f: +90 (312) 467 61 62
w: www.designturkey.org.tr

Event updates

2008 winners announced
The winners of the Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards have been announced.
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Key dates

May 30 - September 1, 2008

August 18 - September 12, 2008
Pre-evaluation online

September 17, 2008
Notification of pre-evaluation results

October 3, 2008
Submission of into and payment for the exhibition

October 17-18, 2008
Installation of exhibition

October 19-20, 2008
Final jury evaluation

October 21, 2008
Award ceremony and exhibition opening

October 21 - November 2, 2008

October 22, 2008

Exhibition and event activities will continue beyond November 2. More details to come.