How to Evaluate Design? An Analysis of the Judges’ Published Comments at Dezeen awards 2019

What are the criteria used by the judges in the famous design competition organized by Dezeen the online magazine? To discover the best architects and designers and how they are judged, this research looks at the official criteria: beauty, innovation, and social benefit, and beyond.

« For the project categories, judges are looking for entries that best fit the three judging criteria. These are:
Beautiful: does it look amazing? We know that beauty is subjective but our judges will be looking out for aesthetic rigour, good detailing and good use of materials.
Innovative: does it incorporate original thinking or address a problem in a new way? We don’t mean that every entry has to reinvent the wheel but we will be looking for evidence of fresh approaches and new ideas.
Beneficial: is it useful and considerate to both people and planet? Your project doesn’t have to set out to save the world but it should show respect and consideration for users and the environment. »

I looked at how these criteria came up in the judges’comments but also how other less explicit criteria are part of the evaluation too. Continuer la lecture de How to Evaluate Design? An Analysis of the Judges’ Published Comments at Dezeen awards 2019