Design Business Insights
Published by A' Design Award
Netherlands in

All Industries

Ranked and Sorted

Netherlands Ranked

by Competitiveness in All Industries

Rank Design Category Competitiveness
1 Netherlands in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design 35 2 3 2 - -
2 Netherlands in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design 29 1 - 3 3 1
3 Netherlands in Interior Space and Exhibition Design 21 - 2 2 1 -
4 Netherlands in Street Furniture Design 20 - 2 1 2 -
5 Netherlands in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design 18 1 - 1 2 1
6 Netherlands in Graphics and Visual Communication Design 14 1 - 1 - 2
7 Netherlands in Fashion and Travel Accessories Design 11 - - 2 1 -
8 Netherlands in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design 11 1 1 - - -
9 Netherlands in Engineering and Technical Design 10 - 2 - - -
10 Netherlands in Textile, Fabric, Textures, Patterns and Cloth Design 10 - 2 - - -
11 Netherlands in Website and Web Design 9 - 1 1 - -
12 Netherlands in Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design 8 - - 2 - -
13 Netherlands in Packaging Design 8 - - 2 - -
14 Netherlands in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design 7 - - 1 1 -
15 Netherlands in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design 6 1 - - - -
16 Netherlands in Writing, Literature and Content Design 6 1 - - - -
17 Netherlands in Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design 5 - 1 - - -
18 Netherlands in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design 4 - - 1 - -
19 Netherlands in Digital and Electronic Devices Design 4 - - 1 - -
20 Netherlands in Interface and Interaction Design 4 - - 1 - -
21 Netherlands in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design 4 - - 1 - -
22 Netherlands in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design 4 - - 1 - -
23 Netherlands in Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Equipment Design 4 - - 1 - -
24 Netherlands in Wearable Technologies Design 3 - - - 1 -
25 Netherlands in Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design 2 - - - - 1
26 Netherlands in Computer Graphics and 3D Model Design 2 - - - - 1
27 Netherlands in Landscape Planning and Garden Design 2 - - - - 1

List above shows Netherlands design capacity in all industries and sectors. View Design Rankings and Standings in: All Industries / All Countries.


Questions and Details

1What are design business strengths of Netherlands?
Netherlands is most competitive in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design (design strengths) followed by Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design and Interior Space and Exhibition Design as noted in the table above. If you click on any of the categories listed above you could learn further details on them. You might be further interested in DAC - Design Classifications if you would rather find out leading designers in each design industry.

2How do you determine which industries Netherlands is competitive for?
The competitiveness of countries in diverse industries are calculated by the number of works competing for design awards from any given country in any given specific industry; the more successful contestants from a country in a specific industry, the more competitive the country in that specific industry. All design industries and disciplines from all countries are considered for the design insights rankings. For each design industry, we consider how many designers, artists, architects, brands or design agencies are literally competing by taking part in design awards from Netherlands.

3Do you have further details or more detailed rankings?
Indeed, we do and present them standalone at different websites: Designer Rankings, is a list of world-top designers, in all industries, from all countries. Design Classifications, helps you discover leading designers for any given design industry. World Design Rankings is a global ranking of design for countries, and you can also learn top designers from each country. Popular Designers Index, as its name suggests is a ranking of designers, based on popularity. You are currently at Design Insights.


Scope and Reach

Industrial Designs

The creative act of determining and defining an industrial, mass-market product's form and features influenced by factors as varied as materials, production processes, business strategy and prevailing social, commercial or aesthetic attitudes. Industrial design is a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production.

Architectural Designs

The design activity of the architect, from the macro-level (urban design, landscape architecture) to the micro-level (construction details and furniture). Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art.

Product Designs

Product design is to create a new product to be sold by a business to its customers. The product designer's role is to combine art, science, and technology to create new products that people can use. Product design overlaps with but also highly different from industrial design as it further relates to strategic and tactical activities, from idea generation to commercialization.

Communication Designs

Communication design is a mixed discipline between design and information-development which is concerned with how media intervention such as printed, crafted, electronic media or presentations communicate with people. A communication design approach is not only concerned with developing the message aside from the aesthetics in media, but also with creating new media channels to ensure the message reaches the target audience.

Service Designs

Service design is the activity of planning and organizing people, infrastructure, communication and material components of a service in order to improve its quality and the interaction between the service provider and its customers.

Fashion Designs

Fashion design is the art of applying design, aesthetics and natural beauty to clothing and its accessories. It is influenced by cultural and social attitudes, and has varied over time and place. Fashion designers work in a number of ways in designing clothing and accessories such as bracelets and necklaces.


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