MÜNSTER, Germany - BASF Coatings and the design agency Are We Designer are joint winners of the “Red Dot Award: Communication Design” for the design of their global color trend book. Over 6,000 works from 43 countries were submitted in the Red Dot Award communication category. The designers at BASF Coatings impressed the jury with their unique portrayal of automotive color trends in the color trend book.

Every year, BASF Coatings publishes a limited-edition global trend book exclusively for automotive customers. Automotive designers use it as a source of information and inspiration. The trend book describes the social movements and developments researched by the designers. The resultant color trends are illustrated in the book with original coated color samples. This is the seventh time that BASF has collaborated on this book with Cologne-based design agency Are We Designer.

The challenge with the trend book was not just to portray the complex trends in a comprehensible way and bridge the gap to the associated colors. “Putting colors and their fine nuances on paper is difficult. Another factor is that the effect of our coatings is based on the interaction of color, effect and the surface it is applied to,” said BASF Designer Mark Gutjahr. Therefore, the color section was completed with individually coated samples that show automotive designers what is possible or could possibly be achieved. On the basis of these color suggestions, the specific car colors can be developed in collaboration with the automotive companies.

The North Rhine-Westphalia Design Center (formerly Industrieform e.V.) has been rewarding outstanding design since 1954. The coveted Red Dot has become established as an internationally recognized seal of quality and is awarded in the three disciplines of product design, design concepts and prototypes, and communication design. In the communication design category, the 15 jurors – international design experts – make their decisions based on criteria such as recognition value, social relevance, target group-oriented approach, originality and aesthetics. The works that received the Red Dot will be on display from October 25 to 28, 2012, in the special exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: communication design 2012” at the Alte Münze in Berlin.

More information about design at BASF is available at http://www.colordesign.basf.com.