Initially founded by Edgar Kaufmann, jr., the Good Design Award is offered annually to demanding and innovative designs. The Good Design Award counts to the most ancient and traditional design awards that are given in the world.
Organizer and sponsor of the Good Design Award is the Chicago Athanaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. It is the most prestigious cultural institution of Chicago and the only Museum of its kind in the USA. About 3000 presentations of more than 40 nations enter the competition, in order to win such desired trophies.
The decision criteria of the jury, consisting of company managers, international diplomats and professionals of design and arts, include innovation, form, material, construction, concept, function, utility and aesthetic impression of the products.
The winners of the Good Design Award get the license of the usage of the Good Design Logo – which has been designed by the American industrial designer Mort Goldshol in 1950, among others.