China has scooped first place in the World Design Rankings, making it the most creative country on the planet.
That's according to the A' Design Awards – one of the largest art and design competitions in the world. Each year, the organisation tots up all of its awards to see how each of the 106 participating countries fair in terms of winners and then presents the results through its own Rankings.
In 2019, China won 67 Platinum Awards, making it the clear leader. It was followed by the United States, Japan, Italy, UK, Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Germany and Australia – all of which topped the charts last year.
Six new countries joined the 2019-2020 rankings: Macedonia, Maldives, Lao, Swaziland, Kenya and Armenia. The top 10 did not change significantly this year, except for China stealing the top gong from the US for the first time.
If you want to delve further into the data, you can see each country's strengths and weaknesses in various creative fields. For example, you can see whether Italy is better in fashion design, furniture or graphics.
To discover the complete list of countries included in the World Design Rankings, and to see in-depth insights for each country, visit worlddesignrankings.com.
Even better, you can find out more about individual designers within each country or all countries at once via the Design Classifications platform. Or you can discover top designers, artists and makers in the Designer Rankings. All helpful stuff if you want to be inspired by great work.
At Creative Boom, we've picked out a few of last year's winners from the A' Design Awards below –mainly from packaging design, graphic design and visual communication. If you fancy your chances for 2020, you can register for the competition at adesignaward.com. Good luck!