DME AWARD CEREMONY 2009
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Venue: De Machinekamer at Strijp S
Date: 22nd of October 2009
Embedded into the world renowned Dutch Design Week, the 3rd edition of the DME Award took place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, attracting a large international and national design minded audience.
After two successful DME Award editions the “Oscars for design management” again attracted an overwhelmingly large amount of high quality registrants, representing the most creative, innovative and design minded organisations and companies in Europe. Nine DME Award Winners and 27 Honourable Mentions such as the internationally recognised and successful businesses GreenPan, Trespa, ArcelorMittal, LEGO and Rabobank were awarded.
On the 22nd of October the DME Award celebrated its winners at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. This former Philips-complex, a heritage that provided the authenticity of an industrial environment, was the perfect setting to award and honour Europe’s top performers in Design Management. With an international audience of over 200 business representatives, members of the international design and design management community and policy makers, this hot spot of post-industrial creativity became a vibrant and memorable night.
José Manuel Dos Santos (Industrial Designer and Design Manager, DME Award Jury Member 2009)
“There are many design competitions, but none of them combines design with management.”
“I have great expectations that the DME Award will become a reference in terms of design management, not only in Europe but worldwide. My experience, as a design management consultant, is that over time design gets more and more impact. Especially when it is managed appropriately throughout the entire organisation.”
Ralf Beuker (Dean of the Design Faculty at University of Applied Sciences Muenster, DME Award Jury Member 2009)
“Organisations are increasingly interested in how to deal with design successfully, from a management perspective and at a strategic level.”
“Promoting design management forces organisations to reflect on their processes and how to achieve long term results. Organisations are still struggling, but we see many good examples reflected in the nominees for the DME Award 2009.”
Sylvia Maréchal (Founder of Beau & Bien, DME Award Jury Member 2009)
“If you want to be successful nowadays – in launching a company, product or service – it is important to deal with design management issues. It absolutely helps in creating team spirit and getting the best out of everybody in creating a concept or a product. The DME Award has given us European recognition and a kick forward to the European market.”
Kathryn Best (Author, consultant and strategist for the creative industries, DME Award Jury Member 2009)
“We live in interesting times. Because of the particular challenges faced by organisations in light of the global economic conditions and their local impact, and the increased sense of responsibility towards the environment and society, companies are looking for new ideas and new ways to do more with less resources.”