Rules for Delta Awards


The ADI-FAD Awards have been awarded by the Industrial Design Association of the Promotion of Arts and Design since 1961 to recognise the work of national and international designers and companies, celebrate excellent industrial design and acknowledge its importance as an expression of economic, social and cultural values.

Ethically responsible toward individuals, society and the environment, new products comprise the tangible and intangible culture of an era, and the Delta Awards help to record and highlight this heritage in Catalonia and in Spain.

There have been 39 editions of the Delta Awards during the last 58 years, with alternating periods of annual and biannual competitions, always with the aim of recognising and promoting products with an innovative character, formal validity, functional and aesthetic relevance, environmentally suitability, with social impact, quality manufacturing processes and appropriate use of technologies and materials.


In 2020, designs and products by national designers and International companies can be entered as well as designs and products by international or national designers and national companies, all of which have been marketed since 1 January 2018.

Products which have not been entered in earlier calls for the Delta Awards.

The Delta Awards accept all types of products, including self-production.

Emerging companies, which are any that have been in existence for under 3 years, will be eligible for “ADI emergentes” financial aid.

Phases of the competition

Products presented are evaluated in two phases:

Phase 1: all the registered products will be evaluated by a Committee of Experts which will decide, by categories, which will enter the next phase, which will be called the “Bronze Delta”. The Committee of Experts comprises representatives from different fields which are relevant to product design.

The products selected by the Committee of Experts will be featured in the ADI 2020 Awards Exhibition, and included in the ADI Book 2020.

Phase 2: after the second registration, the “Bronze Delta” products will compete for
a Gold Delta and two Silver Deltas in each category. The jury may declare any category void due to insufficient entries.

An Opinion Delta will also be awarded, based on the votes of the FAD members taking part in the ADI Awards Ceremony
(16 June 2020). Each member (professional/ company) may cast one vote.


This edition proposes 8 product categories. The registration form will give a choice of which category you wish to participate in. The committee of experts reserves the right to change the category of the product according to the value of the innovation it provides. It may also declare a category null and void or reformulate a new one if it deems it appropriate. The categories initially proposed are:

1. Mobility: Includes individual means
of transport such as electric scooters, skateboards, bicycles, motorbicycles and collective vehicles (two, three and four wheels) for terrestrial, aerial and maritime mobility or proposals for mobility-related accessories or components, etc.

2. Exterior fit-outs: Includes urban furniture, complements for the garden, play units
for playgrounds, outdoor paving, outdoor temporary micro-architectures, gazebos and awnings, nautical buoys, exterior enclosures, traffic lights, etc.

3. Interior fit-outs: Includes furniture and complementary products in interior spaces for domestic or collective use, sanitaryware, taps, handles, complements for the home, carpets, curtains, decorative objects, etc.

4. Lighting: Includes lighting elements for interiors, public lighting, lighting systems, luminaires, lamps, mechanisms, cabling systems, etc.

5. Complements and tools: Includes products and accessories for the habitat and other office and leisure spaces, products such as household items and board games, products for the arts, objects and crafts, stationery elements. Tools and utensils, small machines, electrical appliances, music instruments and stationery or office elements.

6. Design for the body: Includes accessories such as eyeglasses, watches, wearables, headsets, helmets, bags, luggage, travel items, sports equipment, fashion and footwear, prostheses, products for wellbeing and personal hygiene, etc.

7. Digital Devices: Includes digital and electronic devices, design of interfaces and interaction devices, domestic devices, audio, sound and video equipment, portable devices, computer devices and IT accessories, robotics and industrial machinery.

8. Packaging: Includes wrapping and packing of industrial products, products designed for the food, healthcare and retail industries such as displays, signage, communication and sales elements.


Bronze Delta

From among all the products entered, the Committee of Experts will make a selection of those which, according to criteria established in section 6, merit to be eligible for the Gold or Silver Delta Awards. The number will vary according to the total quantity of products entered in the first phase and, above all, their quality.

Bronze Delta includes:

→ 2 Bronze Delta diplomas.
→ Official Bronze Delta Seal.
→ Publication as a Bronze Delta in the 2020 ADI Book.
→ Presence on the website of the 2020 ADI Awards.
→ Presence in the exhibition of the 2020 ADI Awards.
→ 3 invitations to the prize giving ceremony of the 2020 ADI Awards.
→ Promotional support in the FAD and Barcelona Design Week media.
→ Presence in the special “Bronze Delta” press release.

The Committee of Experts will meet on 05/03/2018 and determine which entered products are eligible for the “Bronze Delta” and have the option of competing for the Silver Deltas and the Gold Deltas. The decision will be notified to the shortlisted participants via an email message.

Opinion Delta

All “Bronze Delta” products are eligible for this award, which is decided by an in→ person vote of the FAD members participating in the prize→ giving ceremony of the ADI Awards. There will only be one winner, chosen from among all the products.

Opinion Delta includes:

→  2 Opinion Prize trophies.

→  Official Opinion Prize Seal.

→  Distinguishing element in the display of the 2020 ADI Awards.

→  The right to form part of the permanent industrial design collection of Barcelona’s Design Museum.

→  Promotional support in the FAD and Barcelona Design Week media.

→  Presence in the winners’ special press release.

Silver Delta

The jury will nominate two Silver Deltas per category from among all the “Bronze Delta” products.

Silver Delta includes:

→  2 Silver Delta trophies.

→  2 Silver Delta diplomas.

→  Official Silver Delta Seal.

→  Distinguishing element in the exhibition of the 2020 ADI Awards.

→  The right to form part of the permanent industrial design collection of Barcelona’s Design Museum.

→  Promotional support in the FAD and Barcelona Design Week media.

→  Presence in the winners’ special press release.

Gold Delta

This is the highest recognition awarded by the jury of the Delta Awards. A single prize winner chosen from among all the shortlisted products eligible for the Delta Awards and for each category.

Gold Delta includes:

→  2 Gold Delta trophies.

→  2 Gold Delta diplomas.

→  Official Gold Delta Seal.

→  Distinguishing element in the display of the 2020 ADI Awards.

→  The right to form part of the permanent industrial design collection of Barcelona’s Design Museum.

→  Promotional support in the FAD and Barcelona Design Week media.

→  Presence in the winners’ special press release.

→  Participation completely free of charge in the next edition of the Delta Awards (this does not imply direct access to the second phase. The product will be appraised on equal terms in the first phase of the Award).

Jury and evaluation criteria

The Delta Awards jury is independent and international. It comprises experts in different fields related to product design, who assess the products in the exhibition of the ADI 2020 awards according to the following criteria:

→  The innovative nature of the proposal from a conceptual, formal, functional, productive, strategic, social and semantic standpoint.

→  Communication capacity of the product and its cultural and aesthetic values.

→  Integration between technology and design.

→  Usability of the product.

→  Aspects of sustainability and environmental suitability.

Any members of the jury who have a connection with any of the products presented will abstain from the vote. During the deliberations, in the event of a tie, the President of the Jury holds the casting vote. The Jury shall deliver its justified decision (not subject to appeal) and will award the prizes in public at the ADI awards ceremony on 16 June 2020.


Phase one del 23/12/2019 al 10/02/2020 extended until 25/02/2020

The price of registering for the first phase is 60€ (VAT included) for each product entered.

For all ADI-FAD members, registering the first product is free.

Registration is through an online form at

Any registrations that do not submit all the documentation according to the parameters listed below will be disqualified.

It is mandatory for all participants to fill in all the fields in the form, where they will be asked for:

→  Name of the product.

→  Details of the production company.

→  Details of the designer, studio or design company. If the product was developed by the in-house team of the company or studio, the name of the studio or “Design Department” must be specified. If the product is a prize winner, the company or studio will be able to provide the names of the department constituents so that they can be mentioned.

→  Type of product for associating it to a category.

→  Dimensions.

→  Date on which the product was marketed.

→ Price/s of the product/s in euros.

→ Brief description of the product’s most outstanding attributes, those that make it unique (functionality, aesthetics, materials, processes, certifications, etc.) in Catalan or Spanish and mandatorily in English (maximum 150 words).

→ Three representative images of the product. Image formats: JPG and TIFF. 300 dpi resolution.

→ Description of the product in Catalan, Spanish and mandatorily in English.

The jury may turn down a product due to lack of information. Optionally the following documents may be submitted:

→ Explanatory video of the product (link to YouTube/Vimeo).

→ Product report with the technical information and further specifications in Catalan or Spanish and English (link).

→ Sales catalogue and price list with the product’s current RRP (link).

2nd Phase March to April

The people responsible for the shortlisted products will make a second payment of 600€ (VAT included) for each shortlisted product to obtain the “Bronze Delta” certification that gives access to the following phase.

Only products with Bronze Delta certification will participate in the exhibition of the 2020 ADI Awards and will be published in the 2020 ADI Book.

For all ADI-FAD members, the first product has a discount of 100€ (VAT included). In this phase, the shortlisted products of emerging companies will enjoy the “ADI Emergentes” aid, which means the payment due will be 350€ (VAT included).

The Jury will evaluate the products physically at the ADI 2020 Awards exhibition. These, therefore, must be presented physically in the format in which they are marketed. If this is not possible because of the measurements of the products, the producer company must supply all graphic and/or audio-visual information required to enable the jury to make a proper evaluation. If additional information is required about any of the finalist products, the jury may contact the company during its deliberations for clarification or to ask questions about the product. The delivery date and place and collection of products accepted to form part of the exhibition will be notified in advance by email. The cost of transporting the goods to the FAD or the warehouse allocated are payable by the participant. When transporting each product, all additional costs, including packaging, transport and insurance, and the costs of other materials for presenting the product are the responsibility of the participant.

All comments and questions about the organization, interpretation of the rules, publication of the catalogue and selection process must be made in writing and addressed to the president of ADI-FAD, mentioning the Delta Awards 2020 and sent by email to, or by post to:

ADI-FAD / Edifici Disseny HUB Barcelona

Premi Delta 2020
C/Badajoz 175-177 Planta -1
08018 Barcelona, Spain

Legal information


→ FAD will insure the products from their delivery to the date agreed upon their return. The organization will not be responsible for those items that are not collected on the agreed upon date. FAD, as the exhibition insurance holder, is re- sponsible 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 or incidence that selected pieces present- ed 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. 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.

2020 Delta Awards rights

→ All the products awarded in the 2020 Delta Awards acquire the right of being integrated to the Barcelona Design Museum, as part of its Industrial Design Permanent Collection dealt by this center.

→ Awarded products will be entitled to use the homologated brand 2020 ADI- FAD Delta which can be incorporated to the products, leaflets and usual promo- tional company campaigns.

→ The selected products registered to the second phase will be entitled to use the trademark “Bronce Delta”.


→ ADI-FAD reserves the right of organ- ising diverse dissemination activities, as well as an itinerant exhibition with the selected and winning products. For this reason, the companies will have to pro- vide, if possible, the selected or winning product when required by ADI-FAD.

Legal conditions

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

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

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

→ The submitted material and prod- ucts 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. Onus, in case of infringement of third party rights will be the responsibility of the participant.

→ Participants must declare the names of any third party who may have intellec- tual, 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 it has been resigned properly, for all intents and purposes.

→ Participating in the contest, partic- ipants 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 selected) to its own will. No correspondence will be kept in relation to this respect.

→ Registrations may be shown to ADI- FAD’s will, which reserves the right of not showing those works that it consid- ers 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 post- deadline, lost, corrupted, illegible or incomplete registration will be accepted

in this contest. All registration incurred in any of these cases will be reject-
ed according to ADI-FAD’s absolute discretion. The certificate of delivery of the registration will not be accepted as proof of submission.

→ If any participant (including nation- al 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 prize.

→ ADI-FAD reserves the right to repro- duce, in publications and magazines, any product submitted and it under- takes 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.

→ Delta Prize will be governed by Spanish law and will be construed accordingly.

→ Any claim or matter arising under or in connection with this contest, the prize 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 (Edifici Disseny HUB Barcelona)
Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38 Planta -1 08018 Barcelona

T:(34) 932 566 771

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