Design Business Insights
Published by A' Design Award
Republic of Korea in

All Industries

Ranked and Sorted

Republic of Korea Ranked

by Competitiveness in All Industries

Rank Design Category Competitiveness
1 Republic of Korea in Graphics and Visual Communication Design 66 1 2 6 4 7
2 Republic of Korea in Packaging Design 53 2 1 3 2 9
3 Republic of Korea in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design 41 - 1 5 4 2
4 Republic of Korea in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design 36 - 1 5 1 4
5 Republic of Korea in Digital and Electronic Devices Design 33 1 1 3 2 2
6 Republic of Korea in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design 26 - 3 2 1 -
7 Republic of Korea in Home Appliances Design 18 - - 4 - 1
8 Republic of Korea in Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design 17 - 3 - - 1
9 Republic of Korea in Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design 15 - 1 1 2 -
10 Republic of Korea in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design 14 1 - - 2 1
11 Republic of Korea in Interior Space and Exhibition Design 11 - 1 1 - 1
12 Republic of Korea in Architecture, Building and Structure Design 10 - - 2 - 1
13 Republic of Korea in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design 9 - 1 1 - -
14 Republic of Korea in Security and Surveillance Products Design 9 - 1 1 - -
15 Republic of Korea in Fashion and Travel Accessories Design 8 - - - 2 1
16 Republic of Korea in Social Design 8 - - 2 - -
17 Republic of Korea in Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design 7 - 1 - - 1
18 Republic of Korea in Event and Happening Design 6 1 - - - -
19 Republic of Korea in Industrial Design 5 - 1 - - -
20 Republic of Korea in Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design 5 - 1 - - -
21 Republic of Korea in Cybernetics, Prosthesis and Bio-Engineering Design 5 - 1 - - -
22 Republic of Korea in Advanced Design and Design Research 5 - 1 - - -
23 Republic of Korea in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design 5 - 1 - - -
24 Republic of Korea in Prosumer Products, Tools, and Machinery Design 4 - - 1 - -
25 Republic of Korea in Engineering and Technical Design 4 - - 1 - -
26 Republic of Korea in Futuristic Design 4 - - 1 - -
27 Republic of Korea in Idea Design 4 - - 1 - -
28 Republic of Korea in Heavy Machinery Design 4 - - 1 - -
29 Republic of Korea in Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design 3 - - - 1 -
30 Republic of Korea in Mobile Technologies, Applications and Software Design 3 - - - 1 -
31 Republic of Korea in Music, Audio and Sound Design 3 - - - 1 -
32 Republic of Korea in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design 2 - - - - 1
33 Republic of Korea in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design 2 - - - - 1
34 Republic of Korea in Safety Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment Design 2 - - - - 1
35 Republic of Korea in Cultural Heritage and Culture Industry Design 2 - - - - 1

List above shows Republic of Korea 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 Republic of Korea?
Republic of Korea is most competitive in Graphics and Visual Communication Design (design strengths) followed by Packaging Design and Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware 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 Republic of Korea 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 Republic of Korea.

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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