March 15, 2019

VanBerlo rises through the ranks: a WDI Top 25 Design Agency

MUNICH – FRIDAY MARCH 15th, 2019. During the annual award ceremony of the iF DESIGN AWARDS Dutch design agency VanBerlo ranks amongst the most successful agencies worldwide and is the highest ranking independent Dutch design agency! The World Design Index (WDI) ranking was compiled out of 1762 design agencies that submitted their projects in the 2019 competition. The WDI provides an objective benchmarking and evaluation criterion for design agencies based on the number of successful projects relative to its competition.

Bringing home three awards this year VanBerlo totals at a whopping 33 iF DESIGN AWARDS, an impressive accomplishment on its own. Besides rewarding prizes for best design per product, the iF label drafts the best performing agencies to be ranked in their annual World Design Index. Based on the total number of awards won, each agency is evaluated in relation to their direct competition and placed on their respective position on the list which puts the accomplishments in a global perspective. A place amongst the Top 25 agencies worldwide is an enormous honour for VanBerlo.

CEO Thomas Paulen:

We are very proud of the VanBerlo team, it is because of their passion and drive that we deliver amazing designs, this ranking proves that their accomplishments don't go unnoticed.

Each year the iF DESIGN AWARDS are granted to projects that show outstanding performance by a jury of 67 independent top-class design experts to guarantee an objective evaluation. Out of the 6375 submissions this year, three VanBerlo projects were awarded an iF DESIGN AWARD for product. We are very proud of our clients EVBox, JUCE and Liquid Controls for these prestigious accomplishments.

Besides a big pat on the back, the iF ranking has shown to be a fruitful source of new business for VanBerlo as well. In earlier years clients have found our agency amongst the top design agencies worldwide and this landed us exciting international projects, such as the Liquid Control project. Winning an award together really brings a project full circle, which is especially noteworthy because of its origination. In the future we hope to find more clients through this way and escort them towards winning an award themselves.


For 65 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design/UX, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concept. All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, in the iF design app and are displayed at the iF design exhibition Hamburg.

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