Graphic design awards and competitions – inspiration, recognition, cash inflation

April 29, 2009

Whether you're in it for inspiration or a chance to win some well-deserved recognition and cold hard cash, no graphic designer should pass up the opportunity to enter some great graphic design competitions (or at least browse the winners and entries). We've taken a look at some of these before; here are ten more graphic design competitions you should check out. Project Never - Who says losers can't be winners? Seriously, Project Never brings to light many of the amazing designs that never make it to market. Often, the best designs aren't noticed by the other competitions because they aren't use – for reasons that have nothing to do with the design at all. American Design Awards - Several contests throughout the year; some with little to no entry fees. The competitions are well-publicized, so you can get noticed here. American InHouse Design Awards – Do you handle design in-house? This is the graphic design award competition for you. DesignFirms Awards – Two different awards over a half-decade running – one for web, one for graphic design. AIGA Annual Design Competitions – Many categories to enter, many categories to win, and backed by nine decades of experience. An excellent avenue for introducing your talent to the world. Society for Environmental Graphic Design Awards – If you're an expert in environmental graphic design, don't pass up this competition. Good Design Awards - Since 1996, the Chicago Athenaeum has been rewarding superb industrial and graphic designers through this competition. Studio Smackdown - An pleasantly unique approach to graphic design competition. It's like Reality TV for graphic designers! Graphic Competitions - An excellent resource for many more graphic design competitions. Listings include deadlines and first prize awards. All Graphic Design Directory – Still haven't had enough? Just barely whet your appetite? Find listings for dozens more graphic design competitions at this directory. What graphic design competitions have you entered? Share your submissions with us!

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Wow what a range of competitions one can enter, and some great awards to have too, wish I had found this site last year, as some of my friends would I am sure liked to have entered some of these, do you have them yearly or was this a once off thing? Would be interesting to know.

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Brian January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Penny - I'll try to another post like this for next month (March 2010) so everyone can get in on the hottest 2010 design competitions. I'll post a link here when it's up!

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