AIGA design competitions

AIGA’s design competitions celebrate exemplary design and demonstrate the power of effective design.

Live competitions

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Held at the AIGA Design Conference, this live design reality show allows up-and-coming designers to step into the spotlight—giving them the chance to break into the industry in front of peers, heroes and potential employers.


Juried design competitions

2017-aiga-design-observer-50-books-50-covers-embed 50 Books | 50 Covers competition
This time-honored competition celebrates the year’s 50 best-designed books and book covers, as selected by a distinguished jury. The call for entries for books published in 2017 opened on December 4, 2017. Deadlines were in February 2018. Learn more!
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Each year, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow college students from disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their artistic dreams. 

AIGA (Re)design Awards
This biennial design competition was open to design professionals, students, educators, businesses and organizations whose design solutions have a positive impact on our society and environment.

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AIGA’s design competition in 2015 was “Cased: Case Studies for the AIGA Design Archives.” It continued the legacy built by “Justified,” this discerning competition honored case studies of great design as evaluated on concept, process, outcomes, impact, and aesthetics.
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AIGA’s annual design competition from 2012–2014 collected and showcased the stories behind the best contemporary design to demonstrate the collective success of the profession. (see “Cased”)
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The Design Ignites Change | AIGA Fellowship program was geared towards creative professionals with a concept that has potential to ignite positive change. Fellowship recipients received seed funding to get their project started along with professional guidance and mentoring to help turn their concept into reality.
Beauty Brains 365 | Design Effectiveness Competition
AIGA awarded design work that’s both aesthetically pleasing and effective at solving client challenges. The selections in this juried competition represented the most effective work across all disciplines of communication design. (see “Justified”).