EGD Global Design Awards 2017, USA

Publish Date: Jan 26, 2017

Deadline: Feb 14, 2017

About the awards

Since 1987, the SEGD Global Design Awards have set the standard of excellence for experiential graphic design—honoring design work that connects people to place by providing direction, content, and compelling experiences in public spaces. Since 2014, the awards have been juried in separate categories in order to ensure that projects are compared with like projects, e.g., wayfinding projects with wayfinding projects.

What Can You Enter?

  • Digital Experience Content (not advertising) • Exhibitions
  • Interactive Experiences
  • Placemaking and Identity
  • Public Installations
  • Strategy/Research/Planning • Wayfinding

Winners in the seven categories are considered together for the Best in Show award. The prestigious Best in Show winners get 100% more clicks on the SEGD website.

Who Should Enter?

  • Experiential graphic designers
  • Environmental graphic designers • Graphic designers
  • Architects
  • Landscape architects
  • Exhibit designers
  • Industrial designers
  • Interior designers
  • Technology integrators
  • Digital content creators
  • User experience designers
  • Media developers
  • Creative agencies
  • Fabricators
  • Clients
  • Students

How Will Your Projects Be Evaluated?

A multi-disciplinary jury representing a diversity of design disciplines, as well as clients, users, and students will evaluate your projects based on their effectiveness in connecting people to place, creating a unique and memorable user experience, and solving the client’s objectives and design challenges.
Honor and Merit awards will be selected in each category. In addition, one project will win a Best in Show award.

And if my project wins? 

Winning projects will be featured in the SEGD17 awards annual and in the SEGD Global Design Awards archive on SEGD will also distribute press releases announcing the winners.

Winners will be honored at the SEGD Global Design Awards Celebration during the SEGD Conference, June 8-10, 2017, in Miami; attendance is a requirement of winning.

Winning entries will be announced and celebrated at a dedicated SEGD Global Design Awards ceremony at the SEGD Conference Experience Miami. Look at the 2016 Winners gallery as a reference point for what to enter.

Since 1987, the SEGD Global Design Awards have set the standard of excellence for experiential graphic design—honoring design work that connects people to place by providing direction, content, and compelling experiences in public spaces.

Winning projects have ranged from interactive multimedia environments to complex hospital wayfinding systems and from branded corporate environments to museum exhibitions. Retail and interior projects, architectural signing, public art, design research, and books have also won awards. Students compete along with professionals and often win Merit and Honor awards.

Awards are conferred by multi-disciplinary, international juries. Past jurors have included Henry Beer, Peter Dixon, Sue Gould, Graham Hanson, Lars Uwe Bleher, David Vanden-Eynden, Kelly Kolar, Ken Carbone, Mitchell Mauk, Ronald Shakespear, David Gibson, Paul Prejza, Lance Wyman, and Virginia Gehshan.

Project Eligibility

  • Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2016.
  • Student projects must have been completed in 2015 or 2016 by full-time students.
  • Projects may be submitted by SEGD members and non-members.
  • There is no limit on the number of projects entered by an individual or firm.
  • Juror firms may enter projects on which jury members did not participate.
  • Projects must demonstrate the use of design elements (including, but not limited to, typography, symbols, pictograms, media, diagrams, and color coding) in the design
    solution and must focus on the communication of information, identity, or image in the
    designed environment.
  • A project may be entered in multiple categories; a separate entry and payment are
    required for each category.
  • Projects entered in previous years may be entered again if they did not win an award.
    Contact or 202.638.5555 for information.

Entry Requirements

  • Entries are judged anonymously. The project description, captions, and video should NOT include any information identifying the submitting firm.
  • Words, pictures, and fees must be submitted via the SEGD Global Design Awards online entry system.
  • Entries must comply with the Contest Rules.


Up to 500 words describing the project, its objectives and challenges, and the
primary features of the design solution and how it addressed the objectives and challenges. Ideally, describe the success of the project and how it was measured.

Entry Fees

  • SEGD Student Members: FREE
  • Student Non-members: $50/entry • SEGD Members: $325/entry
  • All others: $625/entry

Each entry submitted after January 31, 2017, will incur a $50 late fee.

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