SBID understands that while design, when it works well, can lift the spirit and inspire, design is not merely a veneer that pleases the eye. In order for a building, product or even an idea to be deemed ‘well-designed’, it must be function well and be fit for purpose in addition to having aesthetic value.
The SBID International Design Awards celebrate all aspects of great design, from aesthetics to functionality. For this reason, the first round of our three-tier voting system is judged by a specially selected technical panel of experts. Each year, the group consists of professionals working in many areas of design and industry. The individuals are highly knowledgeable about the latest industry standards and technical innovations.
In the initial stage of the voting process, each entry in the SBID International Design Awards is subject to close scrutiny by our technical panel. This will include ensuring every entry adheres to industry standards and is genuinely fit for purpose. Any entries that do not meet our technical standards will not go forward to the next stage, which is assessed by our expert panel of judges, with the public contributing 30% of the vote.
This initial stage is crucial as it means we can truly and proudly affirm that all eventual finalists and winners have attained the highest possible standards across all areas. Thanks to the professionalism of all our judges, the SBID International Design Awards genuinely celebrate excellence in design.