The ten evaluation criteria listed below are valid for all four categories of the iF concept design award.
The most important aspect in the iF concept design award is the creative concept behind a submitted product. This means, we are first and foremost looking for great ideas. These ideas should be elaborated and presented in the best way possible. Another important point is whether the concept represents a solution to an existing problem and whether it is realistic and can be implemented.
In order to receive an iF concept design award, a contribution must get above-average marks regarding several evaluation criteria and must clearly stand out in regard to at least one evaluation criterion. The better you score in as many criteria as possible, the greater your chance of receiving an award - and the higher a potential cash prize will be.
Degree of innovation / creativity
Does the contribution represent a new idea? Does it improve an existing idea and to which degree?
Quality of Design / Marketing
Do the design, aesthetics and presentation of the entry stand out from the crowd?
Practical aspects / degree of elaboration
Is the contribution well thought through and is it useful? Did the designer(s) analyze the needs of the target audience? Were these needs taken into account and does the product meet the audience's needs?
When implemented, does the contribution work as intended in the concept?
Is the product self-explanatory and easy to use? If applicable: is it compatible with other components or products?
Are the selected materials fit for purpose? Can they be used in the real product?
Is the contribution environmentally friendly? Does the product have a long life span? Are the materials environmentally friendly? Are recycled materials used or can the selected materials be recycled?
Have humanist values or ethical standards been considered? Does this product promote social justice? Does it help those in need?
Does the contribution meet a universal design standard? Is the product useful and attractive beyond its immediate target audience?
Are the designers aware of any potential safety risks in the use of the product? How are these safety risks tackled or avoided?