DME Award Ceremony 2014/15
Location: St. Etienne, France
Venue: Cité du design
Date: 20th of November 2014
The Winners in this year’s DME Awards were announced on the 20th of November at a multi-national ceremony at Cite du Design in Saint Etienne, France. This year the Cite Du Design in St Etienne; a previous winner of the award in 2013, included the DME Award ceremony as part of the 3rd edition of their ‘Design Map’ programme. With the theme the “Economic impact of Design” and over 30 exhibitions and workshops, design Map provided the perfect setting for the 8th edition of the DME Award.
Representatives from the fourteen shortlisted entries gathered along with 200 other delegates from across Europe to find out who would receive a Winner’s trophy or Honourable Mention in each of the five DME Award categories.
Originally only open to European organisations, for the last two years international entries have been encouraged to enter the DME Award. One of this year’s joint winners in the Large Company category, Newell-Rubbermaid, is not only coming from the USA but raising the bar for Europe by being awarded the highest ever scores since the launch of the DME in 2007. Philip Thompson, Vice-President of Design at Newell Rubbermaid traveled from Michigan to St Etienne to receive their trophy in person.
The winners of each of the five categories were presented with a trophy that was designed and produced by the design research centre PDR in the UK. As well as highlighting the initials “DME” the precision and finish of the 3-D printed trophy was intended to reflect the attention to detail required in managing design to the level achieved by the finalists. More pictures of the new trophy are on our Facebook page.
Entering the DME requires the submission of a poster that summarises each organisations approach to managing design that is then assessed by independent experts. This year’s judges were Carole Bilson, President of the Design Management Institute (USA); Les Wynn, Head of the European Experience Design Team at HCL (UK) and Roel Stavorinus, an experienced design management consultant who’s clients have included several previous DME Award and a Red Dot winners (Netherlands).