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The 2015 National Product Design Prize

The 2015 National Product Design Prize

12th year of the National Product Design Prize, a nationwide design competition, was announced after two years of recess by the Slovak Design Center in cooperation with Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and with the participation of Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic and Ministry of Education,

Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic.
This was the first time in the history of the competition that the organizers decided to organize the competition every year and to separately assess the product and communication design in turns. In this regard the 2015 NDP was focused on professional and student product design.
The 12th year of the competition was announced in accordance with the amended statutes and innovated competition conditions. There was a new category available to the participants – experimental product design that both professionals and students could register in.
Another change concerned the assessment of the competition – the designs registered were assessed by a jury made of seven members including foreign jurors. The individual participants could also then be awarded several prizes.
134 works in total were registered. The authors submitted 121 works to the jury for assessment of which 58 were in the professional product design category, 44 in the student product design category and 19 in the new experimental product design category.
The jury awarded the 2015 National Product Design Prize, the 2015 National Experimental Product Design Prize and two 2015 Professional Product Design Prizes regardless of the placings.
The best work in the student product design category was awarded Prize of Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic.
The jury made use of the option not to award a prize as no Prize for Sustainable Product Design, a novelty this year, was awarded. The international jury also approved the nominations for Special Prize of Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic for extraordinary efforts in the area of design and for Special Prize of

Minister of Economy for a producer applying design in his company strategy. The prizes to be awarded were decided on by the relevant ministers.
Besides the prizes awarded by the jury of experts winner of the internet voting at http://www.scd.sk/ was also awarded a prize. The journalists also awarded a prize.
Results of the competition were reflected
- by the extraordinary issue 2/2015 of our magazine  Designum
- by 9 film documents and exhibition of selected Works NPD 2015 - youtube.com

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