The CII Design Excellence Awards, acknowledge and celebrate Indian design and innovation. They strive to create new paradigms of design in India while promoting the unique amalgamation of traditional with contemporary design.

About the awards

In its endeavour to establish design as a tool for national competitiveness, CII initiated the "CII Design Excellence Awards" in 2011.

CII Design Excellence Awards, endorsed by India Design Council, is a perfect opportunity for Indian design practitioners to showcase their competencies and also for the users as champions of good design to present themselves as design led organisations.


Visual Communication

Visual identity: Branding or rebranding projects, logo, trademark, symbol, visual identity implementation across organization

Environments: Corporate, public and private spaces, environmental graphics and signage, museum exhibits, showroom and retail merchandising, trade show exhibits, etc.

Packaging Graphics

Typography: Logotype, print, packaging, signage, digital media, original, derivative or pictorial typeface

Publications: Magazines, catalogues, annual reports, communication tools, brochures, books, periodicals, etc.

Industrial Design

Household Appliances: White goods and electrical household equipment, kitchen devices and aids, household aids, household aids, refrigerators, microwave oven, vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, etc.

Home Products: Home & decorative accessories, kitchen, garden & workshop tools, cutlery & kitchenware, tools for cooking & cleaning, utensils, tableware, baby products, pet products.

Lifestyle: Jewelry, footwear, leather articles, accessories, watches, spectacles, optical products, bags, luggage, backpacks, cases, eyeglasses, helmets, other personal items, etc.

Electronic, Computers and Communications Products: Audio and visual equipment, electronic consumer goods, phones, cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, navigation devices, earpieces and handsets, desktops, laptops, portable devices, display screens, etc.

Design for Social impact and sustainability

Smart Devices: Intelligent devices, AR and VR Entertainment gadgets, Security equipment, IoT devices, etc.

Eco –friendly Products: Eco-friendly alternative material, Eco-friendly gadgets/ devices, Safety-gears, etc.

Productivity Tools: Equipment and fixtures, writing instruments, stationary, office supplies, etc.

Leisure Products: Sports equipment, hobby goods, DIY Goods, toys and games, playground equipment, educational toys, etc.

Entertainment: TVs, media players, cameras, camcorders, musical instruments, gaming equipment, entertainment devices, entertainment accessories, etc.

Packaging Structures

Capital Goods: Industrial machinery & tools, agricultural machinery & tools, construction machines & tools etc.

Tools, Equipment & Gauges: Tools, work gear, gauges and measuring devices, test equipment, machining equipment, visual devices, industrial robots, etc.

Health & Personal Care: Hospital and laboratory devices, rehabilitation, patient care and medical operation appliances, clinical & diagnostic products, industrial & scientific products, surgical & therapeutic Products, home-Care & self-care products, beauty and grooming, body care devices, etc.

Architectural & Interior Products: Furniture, lighting, public spaces, building materials, fittings and fixtures, air conditioners, sanitary ware, retail fixtures, retail equipment, point of sale products and systems, etc.

Interaction Design

Service design for Consumer, home and personal uses

Business and productivity

Games and Multimedia

Immersive Media

Website, information graphics, online ads, kiosks, digital magazines, email newsletters

Mobile Apps

Motion design, animations, film titles, typography on screen

Mobility Design




Special purpose vehiclev

Automobile Accessories (including components for e-vehicles)

E-vehicles / Hybrid vehicles



The entry submitted for the CII Design Excellence Award has to be designed in India.

Submitted by a firm/company registered in India.


Design must be fully commissioned and in market or usage at the time of entry.

The design must have been realized in the calendar year of 2018 or 2019.

Design at prototypelevel not eligible.

The entries must comply with the mandatory applicable standards for the given entry.


All the applicants and especially winners of CII Design Excellence Awards will benefit in multiple ways. The awards, conferred by CII, the leading industry organization of national and global repute are the recognition of best design competency and ability in India. The following are the benefitsoffered:

To Winners:

India Design Mark – Winners will directly go to stage 2 of the India Design Mark.

Award Logo – Winners will get award logo to brand their business.

Exhibition – Participants will get a complimentary space for exhibiting the product/design during the 19th CII-NID Design Summit 2019.

Publicity – The organizers will promote the Design Excellence Awards and winning entries through CII social media platform.

Online – Winners will be featured on the CII Design Portal.

Award Ceremony – Winners will be presented the awards in the 19th CII-NID Design Summit 2019.

Certificate & Trophy – Winners will be awarded a certificate and a trophy and will be encouraged to use this prestigious award in their marketing material.

Design Summit – One free delegate pass for the India Design Summit.

To All Applicants:

Design Summit – One free delegate pass for the 19th India Design Summit.

India Design Book – Two-pagedesign case-study representation in India Design Book.

Exhibition – 10% discount on exhibition fee at the India Design Show.


Call for Entries 1 March 2019
Last date for Submission – Entry + Payment 31 July 2019
Result of Online Evaluation 20 August 2019
Display of Physical Material at the Exhibition for the Final Jury September 2019
Announcement of Results September 2019
Award Ceremony @ 19th India Design Summit 2019 September 2019

Contact Information

Ms. Pooja Sanchala

Email: pooja.sanchala@cii.in

Contact No. +91 124 4014060 Extn.: 442