The National Design Award of Latvia 2018
On 8 January 2018, submission of entries will begin for the national design competition – the National Design Award of Latvia (NDAL) 2018, which will be held for the second time. The main message of NDAL 2018 in terms of both the award’s visual identity and content-based concept is “design connects”, drawing attention to the interaction of intermediate sectors in design. In the spring, the submitted entries will be judged by globally highly acclaimed experts from Latvia and abroad, who will jointly evaluate the submitted entries in person and choose 20 finalists.
“Latvia has talented designers who are capable of identifying niches that have not yet been occupied, where design can serve and instrument to unite inter-disciplinary knowledge, skills and experience. I am delighted that the first edition of the National Design Award of Latvia became a sort of reference point for promising Latvian designers to appraise their abilities and successfully enter their work in other European and world competitions. Therefore, next year too, the main award from the Ministry of Culture will be financial support enabling the winner to take part in one of the international design competitions, which will hopefully become a trampoline for new achievements and ideas,” explains Minister for Culture Dace Melbārde, encouraging designers to submit their works for the competition.
Designers can submit their works to the National Design Award of Latvia 2018 from 8 January on the homepage www.dizainabalva.lv. As before, this year submission of entries is free of charge, The submitted entries will be judged by an international jury comprised of seven inimitable design experts: long-standing G-Star RAW creative director and designer, strategy design and interior design expert Pieter Kool, art curator and theoretician, and Head of Arts Programmes at the ABLV Charitable Foundation, Kaspars Vanags; director of the Berlin Office of Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), the world’s leading practice specializing in museum planning and exhibition design, exhibition design and museum planning expert Timothy W. Ventimiglia;architect, journalist, author and exhibition curator Ieva Zībārte; co-founder of Madara Cosmetics, brand identity designer of a number of well-known Latvian brands, graphic designer, and lecturer Liene Drāzniece;Accenture Latvia Digital Service Design Lead Kaspars Auzarējs–Auzers, as well as the internationally renowned, Latvia-born Amsterdam-based product, graphic and interior designer, Germans Ermičs.
According to NDAL 2018 jury member, Ieva Zībārte: “I anticipate that designers will act proactively and that they will want to submit works to be judged. The competition is considerable, and this makes it a pleasant challenge. The National Design Award offers recognition worthy of respect, and will be presented in the special atmosphere of Latvia’s centenary. Participation is truly worthwhile!”
Commenting on the identity of this year’s award, Design Studio H2E Creative Lead Ingūna Elere says: “The visual identity of the 2018 National Design Award of Latvia presents design as an inter-disciplinary instrument that unites solutions created by professionals from various fields. The new identity translates the energetic interaction of these intermediate sectors into graphic language — this year, the blue and greenish grey tone of the Baltic Sea is augmented by the glow of magenta, which reveals the start of surprising ideas rooted in design. This is a time of interdisciplinary collaboration; therefore we invite representatives of various sectors to participate in the creation of meaningful and innovative future design!”
At a special event, together with the visions, timetable and announcement of the jury for this year’s National Design Award of Latvia, the yearbook was also presented, which collates the first year’s results in numbers and graphics along with the works of the 20 finalists, interviews with jury members and organisers. The NDAL Yearbook will be on sale at the concept bookstore Mr Page (Miera ielā 4).
Last year, 147 design works were entered for the first National Design Award of Latvia, which were judged by an international jury. First place went to data visualization tool “Infogram”, second to the exhibition stand design "The Imprint of Civilization", while third place was awarded to the kids’ balance bike “Brum Brum”. This year, NDAL plans to attract even greater attention among Latvia’s designers both at home and internationally.
The National Design Award of Latvia is organised by the Ministry of Culture and the Design Studio H2E in collaboration with the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Art Academy of Latvia. The award’s main partner is one of the leading IT companies both in Latvia and globally: Accenture. Supporters of the National Design Award of Latvia: Livonia Print, Magnum NT, SkyNet, Neiburgs, Picture Agency, JCDecaux, Antalis, Valmiermuiža and Kalve Coffee Roastery.