To celebrate our 60th Anniversary, a special edition of our World Design Impact Prize, under the title WDO World Design Medal, was presented in 2017.

There is an increasing appreciation for the ability of designers—their focus on the end users and the environment in which they live—to address some of life’s most complex challenges.

This special initiative has been developed in conjunction with our Board of Directors to highlight Industrial Designers who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the profession. A Selection Committee, made up of our active Senators, have evaluated the nominations and selected the recipient of the 2017 WDO World Design Medal to Hartmut Esslinger.