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Stand Design Awards

Stand Design Awards

Thursday 2 February, 16:00
CEDIA Smart Home Technology Stage (stand 2F350)

Acknowledging the art and science of stand design

Pictured above (L-R) at the ISE 2023 Stand Design Awards Ceremony are: Mike Blackman, Managing Director, Integrated Systems Events; Maria-Amaya Ferrari, VP Sales and Marketing, Black Nova; Toon Van Lierde, Co-founder, Luhk-ee; Neda Kanani, President, Zykronix; Elke Fabian, Head of Events EMEA, Epson Europe; Travis Stanton, Editor in Chief, EXHIBITOR Magazine 

Created by Integrated Systems Europe to acknowledge ISE exhibitors and their stand-design efforts, the Stand Design Awards are managed solely by EXHIBITOR magazine, an award-winning print and online magazine featuring best practices for trade show marketing. A product of Exhibitor Group (www.ExhibitorOnline.com), EXHIBITOR magazine has hosted its own highly respected and impartially organised Exhibit Design Awards for more than 30 years. The ISE 2023 Stand Design Awards, then, follow in this same impartial vein and enlist a group of highly esteemed designers and marketers, who have no connection to the show and its exhibitors, to jury the competition.


ISE 2023 Stand Design Awards winners

Small: 30 sqm or less

Black Nova

Black Nova

Other finalists in this category:

  • Cloud Electronics 
  • DisplayNote Technologies 
  • Genelec 
  • Intuiface 
  • Plastica Panaro 
  • Portman Lights 
  • Profactor S.A. 
  • Pulse-Eight/Gallo Acoustics 
  • Visionary Solutions 

Medium: 31 – 69 sqm



Other finalists in this category:

  • Ameria AG (Congress Square)
  • Axeos 
  • C Seed 
  • Deneva 
  • Elo Touch Solutions 
  • Lindy
  • Rako Controls 
  • RPG 
  • Xyte 

Large: 70 – 249 sqm



Other finalists in this category:

  • Aluvision
  • Ameria AG (Hall 6)
  • Basalte 
  • Google 
  • GPA 
  • Nureva 
  • Scala
  • Vestel
  • Xilica 

XL: 250 sqm or more

Epson Europe


Other finalists in this category:

  • Biamp Systems 
  • LANG AG 
  • LG Electronics 
  • Maverick AV Solutions 
  • Optoma Europe 
  • Panasonic Connect Europe 
  • Q-SYS
  • Sharp/NEC 
  • Sony 


Every stand on the ISE show floor is automatically entered in the free competition and judged on site during ISE 2023. However, any stand that has previously won an ISE Stand Design Award and whose design employs roughly the same size footprint and/or reuses approximately 50 percent or more of the previous winning stand is ineligible for the competition. Thus,  companies may win multiple awards over numerous years, but the same stand may only win once.

Judges and judging

EXHIBITOR magazine’s Editor, Travis Stanton, along with Deputy Editor Brian Dukerschein, complete the initial round of on-site judging to select the finalists.

During ISE, the following group of world-renowned designers and marketers judge the finalists on site. Jurors score each finalist based on the assessment criteria, and the stand with the highest point total in each entry category is declared its winner.

Assessment criteria

Jurors consider how well each stand:

  • communicates the name and purpose of the exhibiting company/product/brand,
  • demonstrates effective design realisation/fabrication,
  • enlists colour, graphics, and organisation/wayfinding as a design tool,
  • presents an effective integration of technology (if applicable) and/or lighting design,
  • employs the allotted space and scale to convey key messages, and
  • delivers an on-trend and/or impactful overall presence.


Ten finalists were selected in each category, notified on the show floor, and presented with a plaque by Wednesday 1 February. At the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 2 February, the four winners (one per category) were announced and presented with a trophy. ISE is promoting the winners via various newsletters and channels, and EXHIBITOR magazine is publicising the winners via an official press release, social-media posts, and www.ExhibitorOnline.com.

Perks of participation

To honour the role of education in stand-marketing effectiveness, EXHIBITOR magazine offers the following industry-related educational opportunities in association with the Stand Design Awards. For further information contact Brian Dukerschein at bdukerschein@exhibitorgroup.com.

EXHIBITOR magazine offers:



Travis Stanton, Editor, EXHIBITOR magazine

Stanton has served as Editor of EXHIBITOR magazine since 2005. He has written and spoken about stand-design trends at numerous trade shows and conferences, including EXHIBITORLIVE in Las Vegas, EuroShop in Dusseldorf, Germany, and the International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services’ world summits in both Cape Town and New Delhi. He also launched EXHIBITOR magazine’s Expo Awards competition in 2010, which has honoured the most exceptional experiential designs at the four world expos since, held in Shanghai; Milan; Yeosu, South Korea; and Astana, Kazakhstan. In addition, Stanton has juried multiple editorial and design competitions, including the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ Azbee Awards and the Western Publications Association’s Maggie Awards.

Brian Dukerschein, Deputy Editor, EXHIBITOR magazine

Dukerschein, EXHIBITOR’s Deputy Editor, has worked at the publication for more than six years. In addition to supervising the production of all editorial content and collaborating on the magazine’s design, he has won national and international awards for his own coverage of stand design and face-to-face marketing best practices. He has also explored the world of museum design and recently curated a 4,000-square-foot costume exhibition.