Already founded by Edgar Kaufmann, jr. in 1950, the Good Design Award is offered to demanding and innovative designs annually. The Good Design Award counts to the most ancient and traditional design awards given of all over the world.
Organizer and sponsor of the Good Design Award is the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. It is the most prestigious culture institution of Chicago and the only museum of its kind in the United States of America. About 3000 applications come in every year, of more than 40 nations that want to ensure the desired trophy.
The decision criteria of the jury, consisting of company managers, international diplomats and professionals of the design and arts scene, especially focuses on innovation, shape, material, construction, concept, function, utility and aesthetic impression of the products.
The winners of the Good Design Award get the license of using the Good Design logo, which has been designed by the American industrial designer Mort Goldsholl in 1950.