The jury for the DAME Design Award 2016 has named a list of 67 products as the final nominees for this year's competition.
The DAME winners will be announced during the Breakfast Briefing in Amsterdam RAI on the opening day of METSTRADE 2016, taking place 15 to 17 November in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.
A total of 117 entries from 26 countries were submitted for this year's awards. Each year the jury uses a set of criteria to examine entries. It then shortlists them into what is known as the Nominated list, from which the final winners are chosen.
For 2016 a total of 67 products have been nominated, representing 57 percent of the total field. This is a significant 10 percent increase on 2015 and believed to be the highest success rate recorded by DAME Award since the origins of the competition 26 years ago.
Commenting after the nomination day, Bill Dixon, Chairman of the DAME Award jury and owner of the global yacht design house Dixon Yacht Design, stated: “The fact that we nominated so many products this year illustrates the high quality of the items that were presented to us. It was also very encouraging to see a wide variety of entries, even within individual categories, submitted by the smallest firms to the largest marine businesses from right across the globe.
“Outside of boating we have lots of gadgets and consumer products that are incredibly easy to use. It’s good to see marine products reflecting that now, often being more intuitive in the way that they work than before – that’s really important. With a wider less experienced customer base there must be a better way than having to read a detailed manual. In the marine industry we collectively need to make boating much more fun for the end user. To do that we need products that are interesting and that make boating easier, exciting, enjoyable, comfortable and less stressful. This year’s Nominations provide great cause for believing we are heading in the right direction.”
A full list of the nominees is available on the METS website.