Competitions & Campaigns

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

AIGA “Competitions & Exhibitions” poster using type layered over type in vibrant colors listing types of communication design

365: AIGA Year in Design is integral to documenting and preserving AIGA’s national legacy. By entering the competition, AIGA members have an opportunity to contribute to the ideas and voice of our time. I hope the return of our famed competition will illuminate the diversity of talent throughout our chapters and create greater interest in preserving communication design for future generations.

Ann Willoughby

2014 AIGA Medalist, Willoughby Design, AIGA Kansas City

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Active & Upcoming

Call for Entries

365: AIGA Year in Design

A famed competition, redefined for today's designer. Announcing the return of 365: AIGA Year in Design–celebrating your passion, hard work, and dedication. For agencies big and small as well as those going it alone, we're recognizing excellence and representing innovation across all categories of communication design, from print to web to service to spaces—both physical and virtual.

Extended deadline: June 14, 2022

Featured: AIGA “Competitions & Exhibitions” poster, Chermayeff & Geismar (1999)

Call for Entries

50 Books | 50 Covers of 2021

This survey of book design represents perhaps the longest-standing legacy in American graphic design. Beginning in 1923, the AIGA Fifty Books of the Year competition was a yearly mainstay. A time-honored tradition, this celebration of books design aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and the 50-best designed book covers of the year. The call for entries open in early December and close in February.

Final Deadline: February 15, 2022

Portfolio Opportunities

July 19–22, 2022

AIGA Portfolio Festival

In July 2021, AIGA hosted its second annual Portfolio Festival—a week-long virtual festival supporting students, recent graduates, and those looking to refresh their portfolio as they look for new jobs—at home.

July 19–22, 2022  (virtual)

Awards

Call for Nominations

AIGA Awards

Through national and regional peer nominations, AIGA honors design leaders, forward-thinking companies, and those who have inspired engaging commentary about design and culture. Each year, committees and panels assemble to review  nominations from the design community and identify individuals and companies doing excellent work now.

The call for nominations are open year-round.

Scholarship Opportunities

February 2022

AIGA Wordstudio Scholarships

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships benefit underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are awarded annually to encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers.

The call for applications open in February and close in April.