Rules for ADI Medals


ADI-FAD, the Industrial Design Association linked to FAD, is inviting young, newly-qualified design graduates to submit their final Degree, Master’s or postgraduate degree projects for the ADI Medals 2020, part of the ADI Awards 2020.

Created in 1976, parallel to the ADI-FAD Delta Awards, which date
to 1961, the ADI Medals were created to build bridges between the academic and the industrial worlds. These awards have a great history in our country’s design scene, and foster the talent of younger generations.

There have been 27 editions of the Delta Awards during the last 44 years, with alternating periods of annual and biannual competitions, always with the objective of recognising and promoting innovative products, emphasising the creative process and research; formal, functional and aesthetic resolution; environmental suitability, social impact and suitable application of technologies and materials.


All young designers whose Final Project has been approved between 2018 and the end of the current call, at any school providing higher education in industrial design, product or related disciplines, are invited to compete for the ADI Medals 2020.

Spanish and foreign students who have taken a course at a Spanish school, and Spanish students doing their final projects abroad are eligible to enter for the awards.

Projects entered for earlier editions of the ADI Medals or have been marketed before the prize-giving ceremony of the ADI Medals 2020, are excluded from the awards.

Mechanics of the competition

Registration is free of charge, at candidates’ own initiative or by recommendation of the observers appointed by the Board of ADI-FAD.

All projects registered from 23 December 2019 to 10 February 2020 will be judged by a jury made up of national and international design, communication and teaching professionals.

The competition has two phases. The first phase will be a digital preselection of the projects. At the second phase, in a face-to-face meeting, the jury will select from the prototype, dossier and panel A2, a maximum of twelve projects of among all the presented that they will opt at the awards of Gold Medal, Plata Medal and Bronze Medal at the three projects that consider.

The selected projects may be entered for the Opinion Medal Prize, will be featured in the ADI Awards 2020 Exhibition, and included in the publication ADI Book 2020.


ADI Medals Selection (12)

→ 2 ADI Medals Selection diplomas. One for the student and the other one for the school.
→ The official ADI Medals Selection mark.
→ Inclusion in the ADI Book 2020.
→ 2 ADI Books. One for the student and the other one for the school.
→ On-line presence on the ADI Awards 2020 website.
→ Presence in the ADI Awards exhibition 2020.
→ 2 Invitations to the ADI Awards ceremony.
→ Promotional support in the FAD media and Barcelona Design Week.
→ Mention in the special selection’ Press Release.

ADI Gold Medal (1)

→ 1 ADI Gold Medal designed by the winner of the last edition: Mireia Mesalles López.
→ 2 ADI Gold Medal diplomas.
→ The official ADI Gold Medal mark.
→ Distinctive feature in the ADI Awards exhibition.
→ Mention in the special winners’ Press Release.
→ Paid commission to design the medals for the next edition.
→ Registration in an international Boisbuchet workshop.
→ Free registration with ADI-FAD, for one year, as a Talent member.

ADI Silver Medal (1)

→ 1 ADI Silver Medal designed by the winner of the last edition: Mireia Mesalles López.
→ 2 ADI Silver Medal diplomas.
→ The official ADI Silver Medal mark.
→ Distinctive feature in the ADI Awards exhibition.
→ Mention in the special winners’ Press Release.
→ Free registration with ADI-FAD, for one year, as a Talent member.

ADI Bronze Medal (1)

→ 1 ADI Bronze Medal designed by the winner of the last edition: Mireia Mesalles López.
→ 2 ADI Bronze Medal diplomas.
→ The official ADI Bronze Medal mark.
→ Distinctive feature in the ADI Awards exhibition.
→ Mention in the special winners’ Press Release.
→ Free registration with ADI-FAD, for one year, as a Talent member.

ADI Opinion Medal (1)

→ The official ADI Opinion Medal mark.
→ Distinctive feature in the ADI Awards exhibition.
→ Mention in the special winners’ Press Release.
→ Free registration with ADI-FAD, for one year, as a Talent member.


The assessment of the projects presented in the ADI Medals 2020, will be done in two phases, the first part will be online and another session in person. In this session, the projects will be evaluated by the jury, anonymously, without the school or the name of the student. The jury of the ADI Medals consisted of five experts. In case any member of the jury is related to any of the projects submitted, it will be suspended during the vote. In the course of the deliberations, in case of tie, the president of the jury has the vote of quality.

Alexis Georgacopoulos

Eva Prego

Marcelo Ghio

Mireia Mesalles

Rita Barata

Industrial Designer and Director of ECAL Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne

Industrial Design and Co-founder of Stone Designs

Strategy Director at Experimenta Magazine

Industrial designer and winner of the 2018 Gold Medal

Architect and Marketing Director at PMMT & Friendly Materials Manager

Evaluation criteria

The Jury shall deliver its reasoned decisión, not subject to appeal, and will award the Medals in public at the ADI Awards ceremony on 16 June 2020, with Banc Sabadell Fundation. The Jury may not declare the competition void, but reserves the right to change the conditions for awarding the prizes.

The assessment criteria will be:

→ Relevance of the research that justifies the proposal and formal resolution.
→ The innovative nature of the proposal from a conceptual, functional, aesthetic, productive, strategic, social and economic standpoint.
→ Communication capacity of the project.
→ Integration between technology and design.
→ Usability of the product.
→ Aspects of sustainability and environmental suitability.

Application form

On-line registration is free. Please visit Entries failing to submit all mandatory documentary support as defined below shall be disqualified. The registration period starts on 20 December 2019 and ends on 30 January 2020.This date is subject to changes at the discretion of ADI-FAD.

It is essential that all materials submitted will be anonymous and are referenced with the title of the project, projects with the name of the author or school will not be accepted. The documents necessary to fill in the registration form are:

1st Phase
from 23/12/2019 to 10/02/2020 extended until 25/02/2020

→ DIN-A2 digital Panel, vertical and unnamed, explanatory of the project by images and text (has to include two languages: Catalan or Spanish and English mandatory). Formats: PDF or JPG. Content of the panel:
· Title of the project.
· Short report: A short report of the project that includes a descriptive title with 150 words (per language) in Catalan or Spanish and English mandatory.
· Images and/or layouts of the project.
→ Project report: Digital formats: PDF or JPG.
→ Video: Link to a vídeo explaining the project.
→ 3 images JPG: for digital dissemination.
→ School enrolment: A copy of the enrolment in the last course or documentary evidence (in case of projects by several students, only one enrolment is required)Format: PDF or JPG.

2nd Phase
from 10/03/2020 to 23/03/2020

The shortlisted designers on the first phase will be contacted by e-mail and will have to present at the ADI-FAD offices the following documents:
→ Model or prototype to fullscale (specify the scale when not E: 1/1)
→ Printed presentation: The DIN A2 panel explaining the project through images and text (must include at least two languages, Spanish or Catalan and English). In a vertical format, the panels must be delivered physically, printed and mounted on foam board.
→ 3 TIFF images (300 dpi) for publishing at the ADI Book, with the copyright.
→ Additional materials: you may also submit annexes or dossiers.
The documentation must be sent by post or delivered personally to the ADI-FAD offices:
Postal address: Edificio Diseño Hub Barcelona, Street Badajoz, 175-177, 08018 Barcelona.

ADI-FAD office address (by appointment only):

Edificio Diseño Hub Barcelona, Plaza de las Glorias Catalanas, 37-38, Planta -1, 08018 Barcelona. Form 10h a 14h and 15h a 18h.
Contact: Neus (34) 932 566 771 | Mail:

Legal information


→ The 10 Selected Projects will be shown in the Barcelona Design Week exhibition and the prototypes or mock-ups will remain in it until its end.

→ FAD will insure the prototypes and mock-ups from their delivery to the
date agreed upon of their return. The organisation will not be responsible
for those items that are not collected on the agreed upon date. FAD, as the exhibition insurance holder, is responsible for the possible damages and their compensations, as far as they are included in the parameters stipulated by their insurance. Neither FAD nor ADI-FAD is responsible for any damage that the pieces exhibited could suffer during the Barcelona Design Week show, beyond what is already strictly stipulated and approved by the insurance. They are neither responsible for any damage or incidence that Selected pieces presented to the exhibition might suffer during the transportation to and from FAD.

→ Once the exhibition is over, the date and place of the collection of works will be communicated to the selected by mail. In case the material is not collected within the agreed upon period of time, ADI-FAD will dispose of it in the way it considers adequate.

→ Transportation costs to or from FAD or to or from the fitted out storehouse will be borne by the participant. During the transportation of each project, all the extraordinary expenses, including packaging, transportation and insurance, all registrations and the cost of other materials to the project presentation, will be borne by the participant.

→ The Projects submitted will remain at ADI-FAD’s disposal in order for the entity to carry out the promotion and dissemination of the awarded and Finalists.

2020 ADI Medal award rights

→ The winning projects will be entitled to use the ADI-FAD Medals homologated trademark in their Golden, Silver, Bronze and Opinion versions, respectively. The usage of the brand will be under the ADI- FAD’s graphic norm.

→ The Selected Projects will dispose of the registered and homologated trademark by ADI-FAD “2020 ADI Medals Selection”


→ ADI-FAD reserves the right to organise diverse dissemination activities, as well as an itinerant exhibition with the selected and winning Products. For this reason, the designers must provide, if possible, the selected or winning material when required by ADI-FAD for these kinds of events.

Legal conditions

→ ADI-FAD is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by participants.

→ Participation in these Awards implies the total acceptation of the rules, the interpretation of which corresponds to the ADI-FAD Board.

→ The 2020 ADI Medals call will be announced by means of these rules and through their dissemination in the media.

→ The submitted material and products belong to their authors, this being inalienable property. The presented design cannot break the intellectual
and /or industrial property rights of any third party, in any way. On us, in case of infringement of third party rights, will be on the participant.

→ Participants must declare the names of any third party who may have intellectual, moral or otherwise property rights, in everything related to the registration,

its design or development. Participants must be able to demonstrate, on request, that any right of a third party has been transferred, licensed in favour of the participant(s), or has been resigned properly, for all intents and purposes.

→ Participating in the contest, participants recognize to submit to these Official Rules and the Terms and Conditions which are final and binding in all respects, being specified that the Jury is not obliged to explain the reasons of their decisions.

In case the Jury decides that any of the selected or the winner has become ineligible, it will choose a new winner (or new selecteds) to its own will.

→ Registrations may be shown to ADIFAD’s will, which reserves the right to not show those works that it considers inadequate.

→ Participants accept to take part in any photograph, interview, film / video and similar promotional activity related to this contest, as may be reasonably requested by ADI-FAD, without any additional payment. Especially, the use of the

participant’s name, his/ her biography and image, photos and / or videos / movies of ADI-FAD and related agencies marketing materials will be duly authorized.

→ No liability in relation to any postdeadline, lost, corrupted, illegible or incomplete registration will be accepted in this contest. All registration incurred in any of these cases will be turned down according to ADI-FAD’s absolute discretion. Not recorded delivery certificate of the registration will be accepted as proof of delivery.

→ If any participant (including national and international winners) fails to comply with any of these Official Rules or Terms and Conditions, he/ she will immediately be disqualified, returning the award received in relation to this contest to ADI-FAD.

→ The participant releases ADI-FAD
and any of its partners, directors and employees from any liability for injuries, losses, or damages of any kind related to the participation in the contest or resulting from acceptance, possession or use / wrong use of any Award.

→ ADI-FAD reserves the right to reproduce, in publications and magazines, any product submitted and it undertakes to always inform of the identity of its author and its manufacturer.

→ ADI-FAD is not responsible for claims of plagiarism, damage or theft that may occur to the products for reasons not related to the organization.

→ ADI-FAD reserves the right to change any aspect of the rules or the format of delivery of the Projects.

→ ADI Medals will be governed by Spanish law and will be construed accordingly. Any claim or matter arising under or in connection with this contest, the Award or these Official Rules, will be subject to exclusive Spanish jurisdiction.

Any query regarding the contest will be accepted from 10 to 14 hours at: ADI-FAD Disseny Hub Barcelona Builging Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38 Floor -1, 08018 Barcelona

P: (34) 932 566 771


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