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The iF Product Design Award was introduced in 1954 and is annually conferred by the "iF International Forum Design. The award, which spans multiple disciplines, has more than 5,500 entries from around 59 nations every year.
The iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. has been around for more than 70 years. They launched in 1953 with a "Special Show for Well-Designed Industrial Goods" as part of the "Hanover Fair industrial trade exhibition, originally to highlight "German Design. They now strive to serve as a mediating arm between design and industry internationally, believing that this capacity allows them to make contributions to design services and to increase public awareness on the importance of design. In 2000-2002 they combined all relevant areas in design, some with previous award programs they had started, to become the iF Design Award. Today the contest attracts entries from more than 50 countries, in 6 disciplines spanning 70 categories. To this day, iF International Forum Design publishes annual yearbooks showcasing the winners of their design awards.
The iF Industrial Forum Design is joined by other design professional "organizations around the world to increase public awareness about design. Designers who are members of "Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer e.V. (VDID), and "International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) are just a few of the "international community that enter the iF Product Design competition.