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A’ Design Awards 2023 Winners Announced

Published May 15, 2023
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The A’ Design Award & Competition, one of the world’s largest design accolades, just announced the results of its 2022/2023 competition. An internationally renowned jury panel meticulously evaluated every entry in the 140 award categories to select the best projects from 114 countries, resulting in a diverse selection of winners.

This year’s laureates will enjoy a number of fantastic benefits, including:

  • Award trophy & Winner’s Certificate
  • Winning projects showcased in a physical exhibition
  • An invitation to the prestigious gala night
  • Extensive PR campaign promoting the awarded projects
  • Inclusion in Yearbook publication
  • Inclusion in the World Design Rankings
  • Inclusion in the Business Network
  • Access to the Press Kit creator
  • A range of exclusive winner services
  • Their work translated to 20+ native languages

If you would like to participate in the next edition, early entries to the 2023/2024 competition are now open. You can register here.

2023 Winners Showcase

Here is a selection featuring some of our favorite projects from this year’s competition.

Florid Sans Typeface Design © Paul Robb.
Florid Sans Typeface Design © Paul Robb.

Florid Sans Typeface Design by Paul Robb

Category: Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design
Award: Gold A’ Design Award Winner

Drawing inspiration from the Swiss typeface designs of the 19th century, Paul Robb crafted this font around a mathematical grid. The ultimate goal was to produce a visually pleasing and easy-to-read typeface that exudes simplicity and harmony through its character design.

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Aprex Family Typeface Specimen © Paul Robb.
Aprex Family Typeface Specimen © Paul Robb.

Aprex Family Typeface Specimen by Paul Robb

Category: Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design
Award: Gold A’ Design Award Winner

Aprex Sans is a typeface inspired by mid-century humanist and grotesques fonts. Its structure is solid and straightforward, featuring angular connections between curves and stems. Aprex Mono is a Monospaced version of the same font family, with stylized industrial features and multilingual support. It draws inspiration from basic sans serif glyphs, focusing on balance and optimization for a clean look.

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We Belong Here Corporate Identity © Jiyun Kim.
We Belong Here Corporate Identity © Jiyun Kim.

We Belong Here Corporate Identity by Jiyun Kim

Category: Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design
Award: Silver A’ Design Award Winner

Spinning tops have been a source of entertainment and recreation in various cultures. The act of spinning a top can bring people together, creating a shared experience that transcends cultural and linguistic barriers. With this idea in mind, a top-making kit has been crafted that can be used as an educational tool, especially as an ice-breaker activity at the beginning of a semester. Posters featuring the tops’ movement formed the letters “We,” effectively capturing the playful and collaborative nature of the project while conveying a message of unity.

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New 1930 Cinema Visual Identity © Tangible Design.
New 1930 Cinema Visual Identity © Tangible Design.
New 1930 Cinema Visual Identity © Tangible Design.

New 1930 Cinema Visual Identity by Tangible Design

Category: Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design
Award: Bronze A’ Design Award Winner

Studio Tangible was tasked with recreating the visuals based on various interior elements of the cinema, which included the use of wainscoting as the primary motif. Inspired by the Art Deco style of execution from the 1930s, they gave a modern interpretation to the ‘Dual Frame’ concept and used it as a key element in both space and visuals. This approach helped achieve a cohesive aesthetic and brand experience. The ‘Dual Frame’ form from the wainscoting was applied infinitely to various signs and pictograms by extending, minimizing, and combining.

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LPCP 5th Anniversary Newspaper Design © Yen Lin Shen.
LPCP 5th Anniversary Newspaper Design © Yen Lin Shen.

LPCP 5th Anniversary Newspaper Design by Yen Lin Shen

Category: Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design
Award: Bronze A’ Design Award Winner

The main intent of this modern newspaper design was to transform the way regular readers consume news. The newspaper comprises of two posters that are folded creatively into at least six different layouts, which can be interacted with in a unique way. This innovative design helps to elevate newspapers from being one-off consumables to something more valuable and collectible. It also works as a fantastic promotional tool for the LPCP dance group.

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Cuiwan Zhongcheng Demonstration Zone © Arch Age Design.
Cuiwan Zhongcheng Demonstration Zone © Arch Age Design.

Cuiwan Zhongcheng Demonstration Zone by Arch Age Design

Category: Architecture, Building and Structure Design
Award: Platinum A’ Design Award Winner

Situated at the crossing of two plots, this project faces the city and showcases a forthcoming architectural design, traffic patterns, neighborhood layout, and other life scenes within the future community. Its design is akin to a stage, serving as a platform for presenting its grand performance and embodying the beautiful vision of a future community. In its initial stages, it will serve as a demonstration area and later on, transform into a hub of local activity as a community center.

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Mountain Cabin Architectural Design © Lino Liao.
Mountain Cabin Architectural Design © Lino Liao.
Mountain Cabin Architectural Design © Lino Liao.

Mountain Cabin Architectural Design by Lino Liao

Category: Architecture, Building and Structure Design
Award: Bronze A’ Design Award Winner

This project is situated in Luodian County, Guizhou Province, also known as the “natural greenhouse” due to its favorable natural conditions, including an annual sunshine duration of 1,350 hours, an average annual temperature of 68°F (20°C), and an annual rainfall of 1,335mm. Lino Liao created a structure that not only provides a beautiful living space but also maintains a balance with its ecological environment, acting as an environmentally conscious residence.

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The Storyteller Whiskey Packaging Design © Tiago Russo & Katia Martins.
The Storyteller Whiskey Packaging Design © Tiago Russo & Katia Martins.

The Storyteller Single Malt Irish Whiskey by Tiago Russo & Katia Martins

Category: Packaging Design
Award: Platinum A’ Design Award Winner

The Storyteller whiskey is not merely a collectible item or an exceptional design piece; it embodies a genuine piece of Irish history. It is one of the rarest and most coveted whiskeys ever produced. The bottle is showcased through a transparent display that allows for an uninterrupted view, without any distractions. The design is a 360-degree solution that combines the details of both the bottle and box, creating an interplay of angles that elevates the display and base booklet while keeping all other secrets hidden. The glasses and pipette are kept in their respective secret compartments, adding to the element of mystery.

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Eureka Lounge Chair © Beijing Yeak Tech Co. Ltd.
Eureka Lounge Chair © Beijing Yeak Tech Co. Ltd.

Eureka Lounge Chair by Beijing Yeak Tech Co. Ltd.

Category: Furniture Design
Award: Platinum A’ Design Award Winner

The Eureka Lounge Chair is a masterpiece of modern interior design. With a sense of flow and stability, this chair creates a striking visual impact. The unique colorful dots on the chair change in appearance depending on the viewing angle, echoing the flow effect of the curved chair and creating an impressive aesthetic.

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Scacco Matto Portable Lamp © Francesco Cappuccio.

Scacco Matto Portable Lamp by Francesco Cappuccio

Category: Lighting Products and Fixtures Design
Award: Silver A’ Design Award Winner

The Scacco Matto lamp draws inspiration from the radical design movement of the 1960s, aiming to erase the divide between art and design by promoting daring explorations of color, texture, and form. The project comprises of five possible combinations that are reminiscent of a chessboard, thus aptly named Scacco Matto, which is the Italian translation for checkmate.

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Fuwa Fuwa Dessert Cafe © Ryan Chung.
Fuwa Fuwa Dessert Cafe © Ryan Chung.

Fuwa Fuwa Dessert Cafe by Ryan Chung

Category: Interior Space and Exhibition Design
Award: Silver A’ Design Award Winner

This project by Ryan Chung aimed to infuse the cafe’s warm and positive energy into a traditional plaza, introducing a fresh aesthetic to the area. The concept of the cafe is an amalgamation of a grab-and-go coffee place and a sit-down restaurant, blending the visual aesthetics of both cultures. It incorporates the vibrant brightness of youth-led culture and the solid steadfast quality of classic eateries, while also featuring visual traits of Japanese design to reflect the style of Japanese desserts served at the cafe.

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Spectrum Illustration © Arata Yokoyama.

Spectrum Illustration by Arata Yokoyama

Category: Graphics, Illustration and Visual Communication Design
Award: Bronze A’ Design Award Winner

Tokyo-based artist Arata Yokoyama took inspiration from fashion trends around techwear and designs with bright, vivid colors to create this powerful illustrated artwork.

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Luna Lankastar The Night Witch © Mania Carta.
Luna Lankastar The Night Witch © Mania Carta.

Luna Lankastar The Night Witch by Maniacarta

Category: Computer Graphics, 3D Modeling, Texturing & Rendering Design
Award: Gold A’ Design Award Winner

Digital artist Maniacarta created this mysterious female character for an intriguing story set in a fantasy world. The story is focused on the conflicts between gods and a group of witches who must protect their own land from the chaos brought upon by their enemies.

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Jotape 3D Duo Key Art Image © Mateus Morgan.
Jotape 3D Duo Key Art Image © Mateus Morgan.

Jotape 3D Duo Key Art Image by Mateus Morgan

Category: Computer Graphics, 3D Modeling, Texturing & Rendering Design
Award: Silver A’ Design Award Winner

3D artist Mateus Morgan created these impactful images featuring floating shoes and abstract elements with gentle and curved forms to evoke a feeling of weightlessness.

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Firebergs Series Cold 23 Environment Photographic Project © Patrizia Dottori.
Firebergs Series Cold 23 Environment Photographic Project © Patrizia Dottori.

Firebergs Series Cold 23 Environment Photographic Project by Patrizia Dottori

Category: Photography and Photo Manipulation Design
Award: Silver A’ Design Award Winner

Photographer Patrizia Dottori drew inspiration from glaciers and their interesting forms to depict nature using surreal images and chromatic inversion in an effort to highlight the “negative” concept in both technical and conceptual meanings.

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Jellybelly Artwork © Florian W. Mueller.
Jellybelly Artwork © Florian W. Mueller.

Jellybelly Artwork by Florian W. Mueller

Category: Photography and Photo Manipulation Design
Award: Silver A’ Design Award Winner

Inspired by the striking aesthetics and elegant movements of jellyfish, Florian W. Mueller captured their beauty in these minimalistic images.

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Peace Photo Collage © Masaki Hirokawa.

Peace Photo Collage by Masaki Hirokawa

Category: Photography and Photo Manipulation Design
Award: Gold A’ Design Award Winner

Japanese artist Masaki Hirokawa crafted this composition as a somber reflection on the impact of infectious diseases. In his own words: “All people are equal and all people have value. Regardless of their country of birth, language, color, wealth, or poverty, all living things have precious souls and irreplaceable lives.”

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Starry Night Orchids © Seed Coleus Greenhouse.
Starry Night Orchids © Seed Coleus Greenhouse.

Starry Night Orchids by Seed Coleus Greenhouse

Category: Product Engineering and Technical Design
Award: Bronze A’ Design Award Winner

This impressive biotechnology project by Seed Coleus Greenhouse has produced the world’s first naturally glowing orchid. Using high-entropy oxides that comply with EU regulations and non-genetically modified leaf veins, this orchid glows in a specific pattern at night, resembling a starry night on its petals, without the need for any other light sources.

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Bioo Biotechnological Lamp © Kutuko Studio.

Bioo Biotechnological Lamp by Kutuko Studio

Category: Movie, Video and Animation Design
Award: Gold A’ Design Award Winner

Kutuko Studio produced this spectacular video to promote the Bioo lamp, a unique high-end lighting product that features a biological switch.

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Sea of Ink Animation © Chenxin Yang.
Sea of Ink Animation © Chenxin Yang.

Sea of Ink Animation by Chenxin Yang

Category: Movie, Video and Animation Design
Award: Silver A’ Design Award Winner

This short film by Chenxin Yang is an animation that follows an artist’s struggle with creative block and his journey through the depths of the sea. It showcases the artist’s breakthrough during the creation process and features a distinct visual style of 3D hand-drawn watercolor ink.

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Thousand Armed Lightsaber Artificial Intelligence © Kaohsiung City Government.
Thousand Armed Lightsaber Artificial Intelligence © Kaohsiung City Government.

Thousand Armed Lightsaber Artificial Intelligence by Kaohsiung City Government

Category: Performing Arts, Stage, Style & Scenery Design
Award: Gold A’ Design Award Winner

This project was influenced by the artistic elements of dance and performance art. The concept was inspired by the iconic lightsaber from the sci-fi classic “Star Wars”, culminating in a spectacular display of a thousand lightsabers controlled by robotic arms.

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Coralarc Installation © Shih Yuan Wang and Yu-Ting Sheng.
Coralarc Installation © Shih Yuan Wang and Yu-Ting Sheng.

Coralarc Installation Art by Shih Yuan Wang & Yu-Ting Sheng

Category: Fine Arts and Art Installation Design
Award: Gold A’ Design Award Winner

By using computer-aided organic modeling, this project converts the principles of coral growth into a tangible form. It thoroughly examines how coral cells interact with one another, including their pushing, copying, and growth patterns. Over time, these interactions culminate in a stunning organic curved surface. The project meticulously documents each step of the process, capturing the evolution of the coral’s shape through generated slices.

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We hope you enjoyed our selection with some of the winners from the 2022/2023 A’ Design Award.

While the 2022/2023 edition is now over, entries to the 2023/2024 competition are now open. If you would like the opportunity to be featured next year, you can click here to find out more and take advantage of the early registration period.

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