5 Reasons the Core77 Design Awards is the Best Design Awards Program Out There

Next Wednesday, March 29, at 9PM EST, the entry period for the 2017 Core77 Design Awards officially closes.

If you’re on the fence about submitting or are considering entering another competition, the 5 pillars of the Core77 Design Awards prove why we’re a cut above the rest.

We don’t care where you are or what you’re doing, here’s why you should ignore everything around you and submit your work—before it’s too late:


Design is a broad field, to say the least. In an effort to maintain inclusivity, the Core77 Design Awards offers 14 distinct categories of entry to try and encompass as much of the field as possible. From the more mainstream Consumer Product and Packaging, to the often overlooked Strategy & Research and Design Education Initiative, there’s a category for designers from all across the spectrum to showcase their work, and receive the recognition they deserve.

Both professionals and students are welcome to submit their work, and are judged separately to ensure parity and fairness.

See all 14 categories


Unlike most Awards programs, we offer a glimpse behind the curtain of the judging process to allow our audience and entrants an opportunity to see the way the work is critiqued. Rather than simply list the winners online, each jury team creates a short video that highlights each honored project, and details what made each entry stand out from the competition.

This level of openness serves to remove some of the mystery around jurying sessions and, we hope, establish trust.

More info here.

No Additional Fees

We firmly believe that your wallet shouldn’t be punished because you entered a great design. This is why once your initial entry fee is processed, you will never be asked for any additional payment.

Should your work win a category, you will be sent a customized Core77 Trophy to an address of your choosing free of charge. Additionally, all entrants will be eligible for a free pass to the Core77 Design Awards Celebration this June.

Read more about the Core77 Trophy


In order to achieve balanced and informed decisions regarding which projects to honor, every year we assemble an international jury panel of design leaders. We believe the key to meaningful and thoughtful discourse is a diversity of perspective, which is why this year’s judges hail from across the globe—from China, to Turkey, to Scotland, to here in the United States.

Take a look at 2017’s full jury team


Our judges may be the experts, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who deserve a say. Implemented in 2015, the Core77 Community Choice Prize gives our audience the opportunity to nominate their favorite projects for an additional honor. The project that receives the most total votes is declared the Community Choice Grand Prize Winner, and that entry’s designer is awarded a special prize from Core77.

See last year’s Community Choice Prize winners

2016 Community Choice Grand Prize Winner, miku.

Be a part of the best design awards competition out there by submitting your work before next Wednesday, March 29, 9PM EST.

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