WDR announce the World Design Rankings in Arts, Architecture and Design


WDR have updated their World Design Rankings for the New Year.


WDR World Design rankings have announced their updated design rankings of countries, based on the number of design awards that those countries have won at internationally juried design competitions and awards – including the international A’ Design Award.


Manshausen Island Resort by Snorre Stinessen

The WDR aim to provide additional data and insights to economists and journalists, in regards to what is state of the art in the design world. Their ultimate ambition is to contribute to the global design community and highlight good design from around the world, providing a snapshot of countries’ creative strengths and weaknesses.


Robot by Huayu Li

For 2017, the United States was ranked as the country with the most international design accolades. The US is closely followed by China, Italy, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom, proving that the top five can come from all parts of the world. All together there were 97 countries represented within the rankings, including 9 new countries in 2017 - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Kenya, Tanzania, Liechtenstein, Armenia, Cameroon and Swaziland.

The top ten countries in the rankings have been known to change from year to year, as the global ranking system is now based on Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron awards won by designers, instead of aggregate number of awards won by each country. For each county, there are also three additional tables for strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.

To read through the full list of countries included in the World Design Rankings, click here.


The Hex Kite by Wind Architecture Studio

As well as the rankings, WDR have also listed individual designers based on their success on a ‘Design Classification’ platform. This platform ranks designers, artists and architects from hundreds of creative backgrounds, allowing design enthusiasts to discover a range of incredibly skilled designers from around the world, no matter the field. Meanwhile, for those interested in sourcing top designers regardless of their discipline, the WDR have also set up a Top Designer Ranking.

To discover more on the Design Classifications, click here.

To find out more about the Designer Rankings, click here.


Recrystallization by Yeung Wang

The A’ Design Awards are designed to discover original work from artists, designers and architects from countries around the world. The competition encourages applicants to design products that will improve society and push design boundaries. Register your best design works today for the A’Design Awards. Find out more about the competition here.


Stocker by Matthais Scherzinger

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