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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.

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AIGA Celebrates the Innovation and Inspiration of the Design Community with the Competition Reboot of 365: AIGA Year in Design

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About 365: AIGA Year in Design

Since its founding in 1914, AIGA has celebrated design excellence within the profession. Today, research shows design and design thinking are essential to innovation; design is at the heart of successful businesses. And we know competitions are a valuable benefit to our members. Competitions at the national, regional, and local level have been instrumental in identifying emerging and hidden talent within the design community, recognizing effective visual design solutions in the marketplace, and communicating the added value of design to adjacent industries around the world. As the largest contemporary membership association for design we are committed to creating and restoring pathways for you to get your latest work out in front of those you care about most—to help you stand out from the competition, reach wider markets, and fuel growth in your career.

365: AIGA Year in Design is a 360-degree view of design over 365 days. This competition publicly celebrates designers, design teams, and their clients for effectively working together to design creative solutions for challenges presented by businesses and organizations. Designers are key to solving complex problems, especially now as companies large and small are forced to adapt, pivot, or reinvent themselves to stay relevant. As your professional association, we want to celebrate your diversity, your resilience, and your brilliance. That’s why we’re bringing back 365: AIGA Year in Design.

365 Year in Design Logo with large neon numbers in pink yellow and green and the regular deadline of May 12, 2022 and the final deadline of May 26, 2022 at the bottom

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It's the best record created as a snapshot of the work from each year.

Sean Adams

2014 AIGA Medalist and Chair, ArtCenter Undergraduate and Graduate Graphic Design, ArtCenter College of Design


Competition Details

    The call for entries open April 7, 2022. All deadlines are at 11:59 p.m. ET.

    Entry Fees
    (per entry)

    Early Discount Deadline:
    April 28, 2022

    Regular Deadline:
    May 12, 2022

    Final Deadline:
    May 26, 2022

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    If work is selected by the jurors, an email notification will be sent to entrants of winning work in September 2022.

    Juror selections will be published in a collection on the competition website and shared across AIGA channels. Recognition includes:

    • Showcase in the online Winners Gallery;
    • Official press release distributed to leading industry outlets and media providers;
    • Official digital assets, including competition logo for winners to self-promote;
    • Coverage on AIGA social media channels;
    • Coverage in AIGA newsletters.

    The juror chair will be announced in May. Watch this space for updates!

    Visit contact information and FAQs. Office hours for support are 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET (Monday-Friday).

    There are three deadlines and member discounts to create multiple pathways for participation while also covering the costs of producing a competition at this scale, including admin, marketing and communications, platform fees, designer fees, and more.

    AIGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest contemporary membership association for design, AIGA connects and builds community through awards, advocacy, education, research, writing, and resources for every career stage. All entry fees support AIGA’s programs and move our mission forward.

    We bring free or discounted programs to our community of members. AIGA offers financial assistance for events and education through professional development credits and academic scholarships to increase access to learning.

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    Evolving over time, the competition was first launched in 1924 as "Contemporary Printing for Commerce." Since then, it has been called: "Printing for Commerce" (1925–1953); "Design and Printing for Commerce/Fifty Advertisements of the Year" (1954–1967); "Communication Graphics" (1968–2000); and "365: AIGA Year in Design" (2001–2011). Now—more than a decade later, and nearly a century since its inception, when so much in the world has changed—we look forward to celebrating you in 2022!

    Call for Entries Cycle

    Call for Entries Open
    April 7, 2022

    Call for Entries Close
    May 26, 2022

    Earliest Notification
    September 2022

    Earliest Announcement
    October 2022

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    The 365 competition has been the go-to-showcase for everyone—client and practitioner—to view incredible work with incredible stories, its absence has been a major loss . . . and so its revival will be a major boon.

    Steven Heller

    1999 AIGA Medalist and Co-Chair SVA MFA Design, The Designer As Entrepreneur Program


    Building Partnerships With A Vibrant Community

    The National Partnership Program is about leadership, relevance, and impact—with, within, and through design—to build and sustain programs, initiatives, and resources that champion a more contemporary and inclusive profession.