Holiday Gift Set Packaging Packaging by Salvita Bingelyte, Winner in the Packaging Design Category, 2019-2020.

Holiday Gift Set Packaging Packaging by Salvita Bingelyte, Winner in the Packaging Design Category, 2019-2020.

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!

National Card Collection Day Deck Playing Cards by Alexander Chin, Winner in the Packaging Design Category, 2019-2020.

National Card Collection Day Deck Playing Cards by Alexander Chin, Winner in the Packaging Design Category, 2019-2020.

Flower to Flora Tea by Wen Liu and Fang Li, Winner in the Packaging Design Category, 2019-2020.

Flower to Flora Tea by Wen Liu and Fang Li, Winner in the Packaging Design Category, 2019-2020.

Hankkeut Brand Identity by Jaehun Kim, Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Hankkeut Brand Identity by Jaehun Kim, Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Hak Hi Kong Yong: An Harbor Rebranding by Shih Pei, Huang and Chia Lin, Wang, Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Hak Hi Kong Yong: An Harbor Rebranding by Shih Pei, Huang and Chia Lin, Wang, Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Orfeo and Euridice Videogames by Paolo Iarossi, Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Orfeo and Euridice Videogames by Paolo Iarossi, Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Tabineko Illustration Calendar by Toshinori Mori, Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Tabineko Illustration Calendar by Toshinori Mori, Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Serious Little Squid Visual Identity by Youjia Gu. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Serious Little Squid Visual Identity by Youjia Gu. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Digital Design Days Rebranding by Jekyll & Hyde. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Digital Design Days Rebranding by Jekyll & Hyde. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Flora Self Promotional by Cynthia Turner is Winner in Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Flora Self Promotional by Cynthia Turner is Winner in Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Pass On Photo Series by Eduardo Dulla. Winner in the Photography and Photo Manipulation Design Category, 2019-2020.

Pass On Photo Series by Eduardo Dulla. Winner in the Photography and Photo Manipulation Design Category, 2019-2020.

U15 Photographic Series by Tiago Marques is Winner in Photography and Photo Manipulation Design Category, 2019-2020.

U15 Photographic Series by Tiago Marques is Winner in Photography and Photo Manipulation Design Category, 2019-2020.

Typotect Corporate Identity by Seulah Choi. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Typotect Corporate Identity by Seulah Choi. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Press Art Book by Tsuyoshi Omori. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Press Art Book by Tsuyoshi Omori. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Naked Castle Visual Signage System by Zesion Design.  Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Naked Castle Visual Signage System by Zesion Design. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Antme Corporate Identity by Donggyun Kang. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Antme Corporate Identity by Donggyun Kang. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Dokhaetok Reading Comprehension Brand by Jaehun Kim. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Dokhaetok Reading Comprehension Brand by Jaehun Kim. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Pure Green Visual Identity by Xinqi Liu. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Pure Green Visual Identity by Xinqi Liu. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Occasional Motto Visual Identity by Zhenqi Ji. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Occasional Motto Visual Identity by Zhenqi Ji. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Seven Haunted Crows Book by Mariela Katiuska Baez Ramirez. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

Seven Haunted Crows Book by Mariela Katiuska Baez Ramirez. Winner in the Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category, 2019-2020.

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