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We are beyond thrilled to announce the Jury for the 2021 Interaction Awards.

From our 2021 Jury Chair, May-Li Khoe:

Together, the Jury’s experiences represent fields from speculative design to game design; early to late stage careers; organizations in entertainment, education, business to business, and more; very early stage companies to very established institutions; hardware, software, art, activism, teaching; and everything in between. They also bring with them a vast array of intercultural perspectives and backgrounds, having straddled cultures, places, and fields, and having created change both with the margins and at the center. …

Welcoming Amazon Design as our 2021 Exclusive Partner

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IxDA is pleased to welcome Amazon Design as our exclusive partner in presenting the tenth anniversary edition of the Interaction Awards. This partnership demonstrates Amazon’s support of IxDA’s mission to improve the human condition through interaction design.

“Amazon Design is honored to help IxDA make this year’s Interaction Awards presentation accessible to everyone for the first time. We believe that the inspirational work being recognized here will not only challenge practicing professionals but encourage a revolution of future designers to Think Big and do even bigger.” — Corey Dangel, Executive Producer, Amazon Design Community Leader.

As a platform, IxDA provides an opportunity for interaction design professionals from around the world to come together to learn and share. Through the Interaction Awards, that theory and practice is evaluated and celebrated, honoring the very best examples of interaction design. …

Raise a glass!

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After several weeks of hard work by Peer Reviewers, the Awards team, and finally input from our esteemed 2021 Jury, we’re thrilled to share the 43 projects representing 21 countries that have been selected for inclusion in our 2021 Interaction Awards Shortlist!

Everyone who submitted projects contributed to the incredibly diverse body of work featured. Even if you didn’t make it this year, we deeply value the work you put into your submissions. We’re truly inspired by the overall quality and level of excellence seen throughout all submissions. Whether shortlisted or not, all entrants are warmly encouraged to make their great work the focus of talks, case studies or presentations at IxDA local groups and in classrooms around the world. …

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Hello IxDA Community 👋🏽

I’m so excited to announce that this year, for the first time ever, IxDA is able to provide a discount for indie and non-profit submissions. Thanks to feedback from artist-designer April Soetarman, we realized that people working independently may not be able to enter without a bit of a boost. The team took this feedback and made it happen. We hope that it encourages those of you we know are out there, making magic happen on a shoestring budget, out of your own deep independent creative drive.

Here’s a quick refresher on why submitting is a great…

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We’re happy to announce the new extended submission deadline of Sunday, 15 November at 11:59 PDT.

This year, it’s easier than ever for individuals, students, and companies to submit work:

  • Entry fees have been reduced by 50%
  • Students can enter their first project for FREE
  • Submissions are accepted in ANY language
  • No video is required for first round submissions
  • Any work done in the last 2 years is eligible

If you’re worried that your work couldn’t compare, check out our last blog post for examples of why you should ignore that negative voice in your head.

Have any questions? Check out our Help section for FAQs or ask us

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Winners at the 2020 Interaction Awards ceremony in Milan, Italy.

There’s one week before the Awards submission deadline on 31 Oct and you should seriously consider entering your best work. Here’s why…

In February every year, the IxDA community celebrates the winners of the Interaction Awards. As “the Oscars” of the Interaction Design industry, the Interaction Award is so prestigious that even to be a finalist bestows credibility to the designers, school, or company involved. They are, by the simple virtue of their selection, deemed to be the best.

Your work deserves consideration.

Winning the Interaction Award helps YOU stand out.
As each designer and entity (school, agency, or organization) strives to stand out in an increasingly competitive and changing market, winning the Interaction Award sets you apart from competitors and differentiates the quality of your achievements from others. …

The Jury Chair is one of the most vital roles for the Interaction Awards to fill each year — helping curate and lead the jury, while ensuring the very best work is recognized. This person also takes on the responsibility of accounting for diversity, and responding to submissions ethically in a way that reflects the global community.

Design in Perilous Times is our theme for Interaction 21, and as part of Interaction Week, the Awards team is excited to see submissions that address the issues facing the world today. …

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The 2021 Interaction Awards cycle is in full swing! Submissions are open and we’re seeing amazing work from our community coming in from all over the world. The Awards team is working overtime to help get the word out to ensure that the submissions reflect the diversity of our community, and meet our goal to shine the spotlight on the best examples of our craft from all parts of the globe, and from as diverse a range of creators as possible. And, we’re even trying a few new ideas this year, and preparing a few surprises for the community!

Even though the Awards have been going for 10 years, many people in our community still don’t know that there’s an award that celebrates excellence in our craft. Others think of the Awards merely as a ceremony at the end of Interaction Week right before the final party. Yes, there is an Awards ceremony, but there’s so much more. The Awards help us communicate to the world, “This is how great interaction design looks and behaves.” So, to help us celebrate these examples of excellence in our craft, and share the amazing stories behind the design we’ve launched a podcast! …

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It is a new Awards year, and while it has been a unique and challenging year so far, the start of a new cycle has us reminiscing about the Awards in years past.

Since the Awards were founded in 2012, the two of us have attended all 10 ceremonies. We have both come to think of the Awards, which are usually held on the final night of the conference, as the crescendo to a week of seeing our international cadre of design friends and heroes. The Awards ceremony has always been our opportunity to end Interaction Week with inspiration. …

Interaction Awards

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Founded by the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in 2010 and first presented in 2012, the annual Interaction Awards celebrate design thought leadership and innovation around the globe. Each year, award recipients comprise a showcase demonstrating how interaction design impacts and improves human lives.

This year’s Interaction Awards projects had difficult and diverse problems in their sights: from improving the lives of asthma patients to building interactive worlds of play, to optimizing hotel housekeeping management to teaching kids coding, the 2020 Finalists tackled issues both practical and playful, and were compassionate yet ambitious.

On 7 February 2020, the winners were revealed at the annual Interaction Awards ceremony on the closing night of Interaction Week 2020 in Milan, Italy. The range of work answers the question, “What is interaction design?” by showcasing that there is no one answer. The honorees are 12 projects from a shortlist of 68, selected by an international jury from 202 submissions representing 24 countries. Notably, this year’s Awards include the first Best in Show project from India, which accounted for almost 10% of this year’s submissions.

Without further ado, we are honored to present the winners of the 2020 Interaction Awards! …


IxDA Interaction Awards

IxDA’s Interaction Awards recognize and celebrate examples of excellence in Interaction Design across domains, channels, environments and cultures.

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