World Design Rankings for 2018 Recognises South African Talent
South African designers are doing us proud on the international stage, as revealed by the annual 2018 World Design Rankings.
As the world's largest international design awards, the A’ Design Award and Competition is a globally recognised platform where designers from across the globe are awarded for their work. An off-shoot of this is the annual World Design Rankings, which is an agglomeration of the A’ Design Award and Competition winners over the years.
South Africa won 12 A’ Design Awards in total, and its winning entries for 2018 have placed us 37th on the list of 100 qualifying countries. We're one of several African countries counted on the World Design Rankings this year, with Egypt at 43, followed by Kenya at 85, Tanzania at 90, Cameroon at 93, and Swaziland at 98. Topping the list for the second year running is the United States, which received 734 awards for 2018, followed by followed by China, Japan, Italy, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Portugal and Australia.
A' Design Award and Competition describes itself as ‘the world’s largest, most prestigious and influential design accolade, the highest achievement in design’. The ranking is based on the number of designers that have been granted with the A' Design Award. Countries do not individually join the rankings, the award explains, but are represented by the participating designers indicating their countries or nationalities. Countries are sorted based on the number of Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron Design Awards won.
A series of hyper-realistic insects created from scrap metal by designer Chris Slabber tops South Africa’s A’ Design Award and Competition award-winning entries in 2018, with a Platinum A’ Design Award. Formula D Interactive also won big with a Gold A’ Design Award for their life-sized immersive exhibit called The River of Grass, which you can experience in the video below.
Local architects Ettiene Hanekom and Geyser Hahn have also won A’ Design Awards in the past, contributing to South Africa's overall rating in the ranking, and the House and Leisure team, for one, can think of quite a few designers who would be well-chosen to receive an award from the World Design Rankings. Check out the Next Gen Class of 2018 for instance, who are all doing amazing things.