Recognizing and preserving valuable designs to build assets for the future.
While many industrial products are considered cultural assets and tell stories of their respective eras, few are preserved in museums the way notorious works of art are. This was the impetus behind our decision in 1999 to annually select products with historical and cultural significance worthy of passing down to posterity, and to acknowledge them with a JIDA Design Museum Selection Award.
All annual selections are cataloged and compiled; some are housed in the museum, while all are displayed at the annual exhibition, which is free and open to the public. The catalogs are donated to libraries and universities across the world.
Many excellent past selections stored in our repository are also used in other museum projects. They are sometimes loaned out upon request domestically and internationally, wherever they may be of use in academics, the sciences, and culture.
Public Interest Activities