GOOD DESIGN Awards Program

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. present the Museum’s annual GOOD DESIGN® Awards Program for the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2010.


The emphasis of the GOOD DESIGN program is on quality design of the highest form, function, and aesthetic – a standard beyond ordinary consumer products and graphics. The program forwards the ideals of a design process that embodies product excellence and endurance and strong public identity.


Submissions to the program are judged by a jury of distinguished design professionals and leading industry specialists and design press on criteria established in the original 1950 program for the highest aesthetic in terms of innovative design, new technologies, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility, and energy efficiency, and sensitivity to the environment.


Awarded design firms and manufacturers have the right to enter into a limited legal licensing agreement to use of the Museum’s GOOD DESIGN logo to mark and identify the selected product or graphic in their marketing, publications, promotions, and communication campaigns as a public symbol of product and service quality. This public seal of approval immediately informs consumers to understand that the selected product and graphic meets the most rigorous test and criteria for absolute design excellence.


All materials and products are accessed into the Museum’s Permanent Design Collection and exhibited in the United States and abroad.


Product Design

Anything produced and/or designed from January 2008 to the present is eligible including: Electronics, Protective Equipment, Bionics/Robotics, Energy Systems, Office and Residential Furniture, Housewares, Tabletop, Textiles, Floorcovering, Building Materials, Lighting, Appliances, Transportation, Consumer and Household Products, Business and Industrial Equipment, Hardware, Tools, Machinery, Children’s Products, Personal Effects, Sports and Recreation, Telecommunications, Computer Equipment, Medical Products, Kitchen and Bath, Environmental Design, Public Environments, Materials. All submitted products must have been produced by a manufacturer or scheduled for production.


Graphic Design

Any graphic produced and/or designed from January 2008 to the present is eligible including: Books, Magazines, Websites, Advertisements, Catalogues, Corporate Identity Programs, Annual Reports, Handbooks, Posters, Signage, Labels, Packaging, Product Communication, Typography, Atmosphere, Sales Promotion, and Digital and Media Interfaces. All submitted graphics must have been produced by a client or scheduled for production.


In this year’s edition, selected products and graphics for GOOD DESIGN are announced to the international press in December 2010. The Awarded products and graphics are accessioned into the Museum’s Permanent Design Collection. Selected designers and manufacturers are allowed use of the Museum’s GOOD DESIGN logo in publications, promotions, and marketing as specified in the joint legal agreement with The Chicago Athenaeum.


The fee is $300 USD per entry. Checks are made payable to Metropolitan Arts Press or payment by American Express, Master Card, or VISA. Foreign checks must include a $25.00 USD additional payment for bank processing fees. For bank wire information, please contact the museum at


All entries must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2010 by 5:00pm Central Standard Time. For late submissions, please add $100 per entry.


Each entry must be accompanied by an application form, a one-page description of the entered product or graphic, plus one colour digital image per product or graphic in a JPG format (no larger than 4MB) along with the description reproduced on the same CD. Entries without forms, descriptions, fees and images will not qualify for review.


For mailed applications, please submit entry materials to: The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, 601 South Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036 USA. For questions, please call 815.777.4444, fax 815.777.2471, or e-mail:

All photographs and CDs must be labelled with project, designer, manufacturer and photographer credits. All winning entries become property of the Permanent Design Collection at The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Projects selected for exhibition will require the physical use of the product or model for exhibition purposes.


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