Call for entries to A' Design Award

Call for entries to A' Design Award 2012

Dezeen promotion: the deadline to apply for this year's A' Design Award is 29 February. 

Winners will receive a free public relations campaign for their design, plus the chance to feature in an annual book.

All entrants will be given a detailed score sheet and feedback to help assess and improve their own work, plus a certificate.

See some of the winning projects from last year here.

The deadline for submissions this year is 29 February . See the A’Design website for further details and to enter the competition.

Here are some more details from the organisers:

The Award

The A'Design Award and Competition is for designers, innovators and companies that want to highlight themselves to attract the attention of media, publishers and buyers. Click here to see our one-page presentation: What is A' Design Award?


In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products. The award-winning products and designs are highlighted to the international public via the A' Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition in Italy and they are communicated to all relevant press across the world.


The competition provides extensive and intense publicity to award winning designs, it can be considered as a quality and high-return alternative to any advertising you might be running.


The mission of the A' Award and Competition is to provide a fair, ethical and competitive platform for companies, designers and innovators from all fields with different experience levels, different disciplines and market focus to compete on, while providing them a global audience to showcase their success and talents to. The A' Award and Competition aims to act as blender; to bring together designers, companies and the press.


Highlight, Advertise & Advocate good design, designers and design oriented companies. To channel the attention of press, interactive medias, design critics, distributers and buyers to the award winner.


With its database of tens of thousands of press contacts, the competition aims to highlight existing products and designs which were developed with a good taste of design, our aim is to increase the publicity of good products and good designs, to provide designers and companies a solid excuse to shout-out that they have a good product, good design. A'Design Award is a great opportunity for designers to have a jump in their careers as the A' Design Award offers winners extensive marketing services to make use of the success of winning the award. The winning designs are also exhibited in Italy through the temporary MOOD: Museum of Design. Winners of the Award will have extensive press appearances, press release prepreation and distribution. A'Design Competition does not ask any further money from the winners and aggressively pursues media opportunities for the winning designs for free.

Unique Aspects

The A' Design Award and Competition offers an unique system for designers to sell their winning ideas to sponsor companies, likewise the companies can bid for the competing design ideas and make offers to buy the designs. The system also provides an online exhibition system and creates free profile pages for designers, innovators and companies, this system is always on and whether you win or not, you will have full access to the system. This is an interactive system where you can write your biography or corporate profile, create an extensive online portfolio by adding additional designs and exhibit new designs or products.


The results are always published first to the designers, there will be a period given to both companies and the designers to get production rights and patents globally, a four month period to file for protection. Designers also recieve help and support from the A'Design Award for fileing and application to protect their designs.The winning designs will be exhibitied in our Gallery and Museum in Italy. The winners can use the A' Design Award can use badges and stickers free of charge to further underline that their products and designs have been evaluated by a respectful organization and that their products have been marked as great designs. To see the competition timeline click here.


The award is organized by OMC Design Studios SRL and its spinoffs.


A' Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually in a wide range of categories. The are categorized into several subcategories.

  • Industrial Design Competitions; Furniture Design Competition, Packaging Design Competition, Lightning Design Competition, Toy Design Competition, Digital Devices Competition, Vehicle Design Competition, Home Appliances Design Competition, Medical and Scientific Design Competition.
  • Architectural Design Competitions; Architectural Design Competition, Interior Design Competition. Graphic Design Competitions: Interface Design Competition, Graphic Design Competition, Computer Graphics and 3D Model Design Competition.
  • Meta Competitions: Social Design Competition, Idea Design Competition and Meta Design Competition Technical and R&D Based Competitions: Engineering and Technical Design Competition, Material and Texture Design Competition.
  • Photography and Cinema Competitions: Photography and Photo Manipulation Design Competition, Movie and Animation Design Competition,
  • Other Important Competition Categories: Fashion Design Competition Food and Culinary Design Competition, Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Competition and the Unexpected Design Competition. Addition to the annual competitions there are also sponsored competitions, held in parallel to other competitions.



A' Design Award has earned the patronage of the following institutions: Como Cultural Department, The Bureau of European Design Associations.

The A' Trophy

A' Design Award Trophy is unique and is realized in 3D Printing of Metal as it is not possible to realize with any other traditional technology.

Winners Receive the following:

  • Extensive PR Campaign
  • Press Release Preparation
  • Press Release Distribution
  • Communicated to Magazines
  • Communicated to Blogs
  • Newsletter Announcement
  • Award Trophy
  • Winners' Certificate
  • Winners Badges
  • Competition Logo
  • Participants' Certificate
  • Competition Statistics
  • Score Sheet
  • Yearbook Publication
  • Gala-Night Invitation
  • The Annual Yearbook
  • Physical Exhibition of Selected Projects
  • Feedback Notes by the Jury
  • Winner Services
  • Option to Sell Winning Designs
  • Sales Listing for Winning Products
  • Inclusion in Designer Rankings
  • Proof of Creation Document
  • Winners' Manual
  • Inclusion in Business Network
  • Marketing and Consultancy


Runner-ups (Non-Winner) Receive:

  • Participants' Certificate
  • Runner-Up Certificate
  • Inclusion in Designer Rankings
  • Inclusion in Business Network
  • Proof of Creation Document

Participants (Non-Winner) Receive:

  • Participants' Certificate
  • Score Sheet
  • Inclusion in Business Network
  • Feedback Notes by the Jury
  • Proof of Creation Document