World Design Rankings in Arts, Architecture and Design in 2023

On January 1, 2024 World Design Rankings announced the updated design rankings of countries based on the number of design awards won at international juried design competitions and awards. China ranked as number 1 among the 114 represented countries and regions, followed by United States of America, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Taiwan, Turkey, Germany, and Portugal which took the top positions in 2023.

The WDR – World Design Rankings aims to provide additional data and insights to economists and journalists regarding the state-of-art in design industry. The ultimate aim of the world design rankings is to contribute to global design culture through advocating and highlighting good design. The rankings aim to provide a snapshot of the state-of-art and design potentials of countries worldwide by highlighting their creative strengths, design weaknesses and available opportunities. The Design Business Insights section provides a ranking of countries based on their success in diverse design fields and creative categories. Using the Design Business Insights section, media members and design lovers can discover leading countries for specific design sectors and get answers to their questions such as Which country is best in industrial design?, Which country is best in interior design?, Which country is the best in fashion design? and similar.

Furthermore, for each country, three additional tables for strengths, weaknesses and opportunities are listed. The table of Design Strengths displays dominant design fields, in which a country is highly competitive and successful; i.e. for example, one can learn whether Italy is better in Fashion Design, Furniture Design or Graphic Design. The Design Weaknesses table display design fields that are below average in comparison to other countries. The Design Opportunities table display latent design categories that can be further explored by the country. Using this functionality press members and design enthusiasts can discover more about countries and understand the importance of diverse design sectors for each country. These insights can also be used by policy makers to determine which specific design sectors or industries might need or receive government subsidies or subvention. To discover the complete list of countries included in the World Design Rankings, and to see in-depth design business insights for each country, interested parties can check the World Design Rankings here.

Parties who are more interested in the success of individual designers than countries should check the Design Classifications platform instead. The Design Classification Platform ranks designers, artists and architects in hundreds of creative fields and design categories including architecture, interior design, furniture design, fashion design, graphics design and packaging design among others. Using the Design Classifications platform, design enthusiasts can get answers to their questions such as What is the best advertising design agency in the world?, Who is the world’s leading architect?, Who is the best graphics designer in Japan?, etc. The Design Classifications platform is therefore ideal for both press members to find excellent designers, artists and architects to feature, and is also a great source for businesses who are actively seeking the top talent in any given design field. Interested parties can discover Design Classifications and checkout category-based designer rankings here.

Parties who are interested only to discover top designers, artists and architects regardless of the design discipline can check the individual and overall rankings of all designers, artists and architects on the Designer Rankings website. The Designer Rankings website provides an overall score and ranking of all designers based on the number of design awards won globally in more than hundred creative disciplines including product design, graphic design, architecture, interior design, fashion design and service design. One may call this is the list of Top Designers. The Designer Rankings are accessible online here.

Check out below a selection of winner designs from A’Design Award‘s A’ Lighting Products and Fixtures Design category, selected by our team for your inspiration:

Acorn Light System Lamps by Desislava Sredkova
Barro Lamp by Caterina Moretti
Farol Ceiling Light by Katia Martins and Tiago Russo
Insight Pendant Lamp by Alexey Danilin
Od Ana Lighting by Cenk Ahmet Kaya
Pagoda Lamp by Zongming Liu and Xingchen Pan
Parla Multifunctional Lamp by Tara Derakhshanfar
Reflex Pendant Lamp by Alexey Danilin
Scacco Matto Portable Lamp by Francesco Cappuccio
The Alien Lighting by Sepideh Bayat
U Table Lamp by Monica Pinto de Almeida
Wood Table Lamp by Magali Suchowolski

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