Eligibility Criteria

Prior to nominating or submitting an application for the World Design Medal, review the eligibility criteria below and the terms to understand  the management of this award.


  1. Should have significantly contributed to raising the profile of the industrial design profession
  2. Should have contributed a body of work with global reach
  3. Body of work should demonstrate a significant and positive impact on the economic, social, cultural, and/or environmental quality of life
  4. Should be available to give an acceptance speech with a focus on ‘design for a better world’

How to Enter

  1. Candidates can either be nominated by a third party and subsequently fill out the application form, or submit their candidacy directly. 
  2. The forms are available on wdo.submit.com. and must be completed online in English.
  3. There is no fee to enter. 
  4. Deadline ends 23:55:59 EDT on 11 May 2022. 

Selection Process

  1. The WDO Secretariat will ensure that nominees meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the call for nominations. The Secretariat will not judge the nominations on quality but will only ensure compliance with the eligibility criteria and guidelines. 
  2. The Secretariat will pass along all submissions that meet the eligibility criteria to the Selection Committee, comprising WDO Board members and Senators. 
  3. The Selection Committee will meet in June 2022 to select a winner.
  4. WDO reserves the right to identify Honourable Mentions or have no winner selected, depending on the calibre of nominees submitted.
  5. WDO reserves the right to call in additional subject matter experts to assist the Selection Committee or substitute a Selection Committee member in the case of illness or unavailability. Any changes to the Selection Committee will be communicated publicly as soon as practicable.
  6. All nominees, including the winner, will be informed of the status of their submission by email on or before 30 June 2022.
  7. All entrants will accept the decision as final and binding. No further discussion or correspondence about the results shall be entered into. 

Announcement of Winner

  1. The recipient will be announced during WDO’s World Industrial Design Day™ celebrations on 29 June 2022. They will be invited to attend a virtual ceremony and give a brief presentation. 
  2. The winner will receive a medal, to be shipped directly to them following the ceremony.

Ownership/IP rights

The intellectual property shall remain the property of the nominee. It is the responsibility of the nominee to protect their intellectual property, as submitted information about the nominee and their work will be shared with the public via the WDO website and social media.

Equal Opportunity

In accordance with WDO’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the organization encourages nominations from people of color, Indigenous people, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

The WDO Secretariat will make all reasonable efforts to facilitate the completion of nominations regardless of technical and language barriers.

Personal Information

  1. All contact information provided during the nomination process will be restricted to use by the Secretariat only and will not be made publicly available or provided to any third party without the express consent of the individual(s) involved.
  2. By entering the World Design Medal, nominees agree to the use by WDO of all images, videos and descriptions across all media channels, including the Internet, in communications to the WDO Membership and the general public. This agreement covers materials and communications created after the year ends and includes any future promotional materials by WDO.
  3. Nominees may be asked to be part of publicity opportunities but have the right to decline any opportunity they do not wish to personally be involved in.
  4. The winner of the Medal agrees to take part in any publicity and promotional activity surrounding the Medal and its future iterations. As part of their ambassadorial role they may be asked to participate in activities and interviews as suggested by WDO.