On 20 March, the fourth Design for All Foundation Award Ceremony was held at Cité du design as part of the International Design Biennial Saint-Étienne. The event was introduced by Monsieur Maurice Vincent, Senator, Mayor of Saint-Étienne and President of the Cité du design / École supérieure d'art et design de Saint-Étienne, and was attended by a wide range of international representatives from different sectors. Following the ceremony, participants were welcomed at a drinks reception in the VIP area of the exhibition.
Once again, the awards received numerous entries from 17 countries, of which 55 projects were selected for evaluation by an international jury of experts. Noting that the overall standard of the entries increases every year, the jury carefully assessed applicants according to how far they met the award criteria, including excellence in the methodology used, outputs which fulfilled Design for All criteria, impact to society in general and innovation.
During the ceremony, Design for All Foundation President Francesc Aragall introduced the projects which had reached the finals in each category, emphasising the examples of best practice demonstrated by each one. The background to the trophy, a bespoke design by Joan Antoni Blanc, was also explained: its three hands sculpted in different materials, symbolising human diversity, echo the design of the graphic material created for the original Design for All meeting in Barcelona, which took place on 25 March 1995.
Finalists were congratulated and welcomed to the Foundation's international networks with a year's free membership before the jury’s decisions were finally announced:
Once again the Foundation would like to offer sincere congratulations to the winners and finalists for the projects which have earned this recognition. We would also like to thank all those who attended the event for joining us on an occasion of such importance for the Foundation.
To view photos from the ceremony, taken by Christina Modolo, visit the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013 Flickr album. Please feel free to disseminate the photos, as long as the Design for All Foundation is credited as the source.