Countdown to the Danish Design Award: The Jury and the People


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See the 18 persons assessing the design solutions submitted to Denmark’s major design award, the Danish Design Award.

As the Danish Design Award celebrates its second year, the jury has grown by four members as ambassadors for four new categories. Also, the four new categories – Building Markets, Fostering Partnerships, Improved Welfare and Game Changer – celebrate businesses and designers for the difference their solutions make to industry and society.

“We are very proud to present this year’s jury. The members make up a highly-qualified team with business and design competences to match the categories and evaluation criteria of the award. The fundamental purpose of the Danish Design Award is to act as an eye-opener to business and industry regarding the value created by design in companies, in society at large and for citizens”, says the Danish Design Award jury chairperson, Jesper von Wieding.

Each member of the jury functions as ambassador for one of the 18 categories, based on their competences and field of work. The winner of the 19th category, the special People’s Choice award, is determined by online public vote between all the finalists.

“Another key purpose is to bring the design field together – the excellent partnership between Design denmark and the Danish Design Centre is one example, along with our new partnerships in the cities of Kolding and Aarhus. This makes it even more gratifying to note that the jury represents such a wide range of design areas, education, foundations and businesses”, says Jesper von Wieding.

Power to the People

Besides the jury’s assessments and evaluation of design solutions, the Danish Design Award also honours a design award for solutions that are selected by the public. The purpose of the People’s Choice award is to generate interest in the broader understanding of design amongst the public. Members of the general public in Denmark can vote online for any of the finalist entries until 22 May 2017 and the winner will be presented 31 May at the second stage of the Danish Design Award in Kolding, Denmark.

The jury of the Danish Design Award 2017 is:

Peter Hebin Bruun (Head of Communications, The Danish Growth Fund)

– Ambassador for the category Employment Growth

Mads Quistgaard (Design Director, Urgent Agency)

– Ambassador for the category Message Received

Dan Boyter (Non-executive officer, board member and principal shareholder of Pressalit A/S)

– Ambassador for the category Save Money

Claus Skytte (Creative strategist, writer and speaker)

– Ambassador for the category Share Resources

Lars Thøgersen (CEO and founder, CPH ID)

– Ambassador for the category Building Markets

Hân Pham (Designer, founder and owner of Yellowone Design)

– Ambassador for the category Better Work

Henrik Jeppesen (Founding partner and director, Attention Group)

– Ambassador for the category Daily Life

Jakob Wagner (Designer and owner of Jakob Wagner Studio)

– Ambassador for the category Feel Good

Kigge Hvid (CEO and co-founder INDEX: Design to Improve Life)

– Ambassador for the category Better Learning

Pil Bredahl (Designer and owner of Pil Bredahl Design, board member Design denmark)

– Ambassador for the category Clean Society

Kasper Salto (Designer / co-founder Salto & Sigsgaard)

– Ambassador for the category Healthy Life

Lotte Lyngsted Jepsen (Innovation director and partner Hatch & Bloom)

– Ambassador for the category Outstanding Service

Helene Bækmark (CEO, Faaborg Midtfyn Municipality)

– Ambassador for the category Fostering Partnerships

Lene Dammand Lund (rector of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and conservation (KADK), board member Design denmark)

– Ambassador for the category Improved Welfare

Thomas Madsen-Mygdal (CEO and co-founder Twentythree)

– Ambassador for the category Game Changer

Richard Hsu (Co-founder and creative director Pan-Asia network / curator and creative director  TEDx Shanghai and TEDx Senior Ambassador to China)

– Ambassador for the category Visionary Concepts

David Carlson (Senior Design Strategist and consultant (creative management) at IKEA of Sweden / founder of David Carlson Agency, David Report, Designboost, and David Design)

– Ambassador for the category Icon Award

Hans Emil Gjerding (Architect, designer and partner, Hans Thyge & co / indehaver Studio Jægersborg / examiner Roskilde University and former chairman of examinators, KADK)

– Ambassador for the category Young Talent

Jury chairmanship (without voting rights):

Jesper von Wieding, Jury Chairman (Strategic Creative Director Pearlfisher / 3X / board member Design denmark)

Susanne Schenstrøm (Project Manager, Art Director, Danish Design Centre)

Christina Melander (Programme Director, Danish Design Centre)

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