China has scooped first place in the World Design Rankings once again, highlighting how much of a creative powerhouse the nation has become in recent years.
The World Design Rankings is part of the A' Design Awards – one of the largest art and design competitions in the world. Each year, the organisation reveals how well each of the countries has done in terms of Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron Design Awards won, and then ranks them accordingly.
For the 2020 edition, 108 countries took part, and the top six positions on the World Design Rankings were awarded to China, USA, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong and the UK.
This year, China garnered a whopping 2,272 awards in total, compared to 1,038 awards for the USA.
These awards cover a diverse range of disciplines, including packaging design; graphics and visual communication design; computer graphics and 3D model design; movie and animation design; arts, crafts and ready-made design, and more.
To see the complete list of countries included in the World Design Rankings, and find in-depth insights for each country, visit worlddesignrankings.com.
Enter the 2022 awards
Why not enter the 2022 awards yourself? The A' Design Awards takes place annually and is the world's largest design competition, covering more than 200 countries and more than 100 categories, so there's bound to be one that fits your particular style, discipline and approach. And the best news is, it's straightforward to register and enter your work online, in just three simple steps. Find out how to enter here.
There are big prizes to be won if you're successful. If you win one of the awards, your work will appear on many blogs and magazines across the world, including Creative Boom itself. You'll also get a special 3D-printed trophy and a certificate. Your work will also be included in a special exhibition and yearbook. And perhaps best of all, you'll have a special winners logo to include on your website and other self-promotional materials. That would really add authority to your work (and if you're a freelancer, potentially give you the confidence to raise your rates.
To find out more about the A' Design Awards and enter the 2022 competition, visit competition.adesignaward.com/. Meanwhile, to inspire you, we've included some of the standout designs from A' Design Award winners in 2019-2020. Enjoy!