Hosted by the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, UWIC, the jury session determined the shortlist of companies and organisations for seven categories. The jury consisted of notable business and design management experts from Europe and the Uunited States, including Sir George Cox, former Director General of the Institute of Directors and Author of the Cox report, Dr Thomas Lockwood, President of the Design Management Institute of the US, Dr Maarit Lindström, Economist for the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland, Prof Erik Jan Hultink, Delft University of Technology, Stephen Conlon, DMM Ireland, Prof Saša Janez Mächtig, University of Ljubljana, Spanish independent consultant Xènia Viladàs, and Anna Wróblewska, Vox Industries, Poland.
A truly European affair, the 2008 DME Award attracted 203 registrations from companies and organisations from 22 countries. Among the shortlist of nominees are notable entries from Virgin Atlantic, TNT post, KTM power Sports, Roca, Eva Danmark, Senz Umbrellas, EDF, Madara Cosmetics, Gemeente Amsterdam, RATP, SoBor, and the National Patient Safety Agency of the NHS (shortlisted for the second year).
Facilitator of the jury day, Darragh Murphy of the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research, UWIC, commented, 'The exhibition of entrants was a great success with the jury and gives us a unique view of the current state of art design management practices across Europe.'
The winners of the DME Award will be announced at a gala ceremony at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on 13 October 2008. It will be a central event of the Cardiff Design Festival.
Nominees shortlisted for the 2008 DME Awards
Award for best management of design in a large company
Alfred Kärcher GmbH (Germany), DSB (Denmark), Ensto Buch Jaeger Ltd (Finland), KTM Power Sports AG (Austria), Labinprogres (Croatia), Roca (Spain), TNT Post (The Netherlands),and Virgin Atlantic (UK)
Award for best management of design in a medium-sized company
Cifial (Portugal), Eva Danmark (Denmark), Hisar (Turkey), Thrislington Cubicles (UK), Vangest (Portugal), and Voeslaur Mineralwasser (Austria)
Award for best management of design in a small company
Curana (Belgium), LizLake (UK), Museums Quartier Wien (Austria), Performance Health Products (UK), Vacuvin (The Netherlands), and Vipp (Denmark)
Award for best management of design in a micro company
Gaia & Gino (Turkey), Industreal (Italy), Plusarkkithdit (Finland), Senz Umbrellas (The Netherlands), and Vlaemsch (Belgium)
Award for best management of design in a public or non-profit organisation
Gemeente Amsterdam (Netherlands), Howest-PIH (Belgium), Interieur (Belgium), National Patient Safety Agency NHS (UK), and RATP (France)
Award for best management of a first time design project
D’nmark/Magnus Olesen (Denmark), Eliet (Belgium), Intera (Croatia), Madara Cosmetics (Latvia), Nightingale Carebeds (UK), Nlisis (The Netherlands), and Sobor (UK)
Award for the best implementation of a design strategy for sustainability
EDF (France), and Extremis (Belgium)
Jury members and moderators of the 2008 DME Award
Front row (L-R): Professor Robert Brown, Anna Wróblewska, Joao Mena de Matos, Dr Maarit Lindström, Professor Saša Janez Mächtig, and Stephen Conlon. Back row (L-R): Dr Thomas Lockwood, Xènia Viladàs, Darrgh Murphy, Sir George Cox, Professor Erik Jan Hultink, and Michael Thomson.