Gain a Competitive Edge With a Design Award

Winning a design award can provide much more than just a public pat on the back for you or your creative team.

If you're a designer looking to land work, or an in-house professional trying to earn the respect and trust of senior management, consider entering a design competition. Being recognized by a well-known publication or association can build your confidence, professional reputation and credibility.

There are many design award programs out there. For example, HOW, AIGA and the American Advertising Federation all have their own competitions.

Our friends at Graphic Design USA are currently accepting entries for two design competitions: the American Web Design Awards and the American Inhouse Design Awards. (TCG Blog readers can get a 40 percent discount by including TCG-W14 on the Web Design Awards form and TCG-IN14 on the Inhouse Design Awards form. The deadline for submissions is March 28, 2014.)


While there may be costs associated with entering these competitions, don't let it deter you. The potential return on investment is well worth the fee – if it's in your budget, of course. Consider it a part of your personal branding efforts. And if you win any awards, you can attach "award-winning" to a piece you designed.

What's your experience with design competitions? Do you think the benefits outweigh the associated costs?

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