Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

Who can enter the Awards Program?

Professionals and students from around the world can each enter into any category in the program. Please note the Design Education Initiatives category is a Professional category only.

Does the work need to have been done in 2018?

Your project must have been completed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. For Professional work, this means launched on the market, produced and released to the public or made available for pre-order to the public. If you’re not sure if your submission fits these guidelines, send us an email. We can help you determine if it’s eligible. If it’s a Student or Speculative entry, it must have been completed/presented between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Can I enter a project that has already won a different design competition?

Of course! Why not get more appreciation for your project? As long as the project was released, launched, completed or made available for public pre-order between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 (see above), you can enter it into this year’s Core77 Design Awards.

Can I enter a collection of designs as a single entry or are they separate submissions?

You can absolutely enter a collection or series as a single entry as long as they share an apparent theme. And keeping in line with our date requirements, the collection must have been released/done between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 (see above).

Can I submit work that I created as a student even though I graduated?

Absolutely. If the work was done while you were enrolled as a student, then it is student work. If, however, you conceived of the idea as a student but then redesigned and launched it after graduation, then the project will be considered a professional entry. You must have been a student at the time of your project’s completion for the work to be considered student level.

Can I enter professional work that has not been published or entered the market?

No. Work must have been launched on the market, produced and released to the public or made available for pre-order between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

However, if your work is of a speculative/conceptual nature (i.e. eligible for the Speculative category) this rule does not apply because such work is not designed with the goal of being fully realized. In this case, proof of production/manufacturing/market entry is not necessary, but the project must have been completed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Can I submit work by snail mail?

No, all submissions must be made through the Core77 Design Awards website and any work submitted by snail mail will not be considered.

Can I enter work if I am the client?

Absolutely. We want to see the stuff you’re proud of. But we’d recommend hitting up your consultants or in-house design team for the best images and team credits etc., and you are welcome to be in the video testimonial.

Categories and Entry Types

How do I know which category to enter? What if my work fits into more than one?

We understand that design disciplines are blurring more and more so we encourage you to enter more than one project or the same project in multiple categories. If you’re having trouble deciding which categories are appropriate, just shoot us an email and we’ll help you decide.

Note that you will need to go through the submission process—submit the entry form, complete the full description, upload all the assets and pay an entry fee—for each project you enter. You are allowed to enter a single project into multiple categories through a single submission. Payment for the entries will be taken once you have concluded and fulfilled all the requirements of your submission.

I’m unfamiliar with the submission category Open Design. What is this and how does it differ from student and professional levels?

While there are various takes on this genre, Core77 Design Awards defines this category as: Projects created by the end-user that are meant to be shared for others to create. Examples include: hacks, mods, recycles, crafts, digital fabrications, etc. Please include the instructions with each submission. This was previously known as the “DIY” category.

Is there an Architecture category?

No, but we do welcome you to submit your interior architectural or exhibition designs into our Built Environment category.

What happened to some of the previous categories?

You probably noticed that some of our past categories have changed or are no longer part of the program. As of 2015, we streamlined our system and simplified our categories. Please review the changes below:

Built Environment - Previously Interiors & Exhibitions.
Open Design - Previously DIY. Now open to both Students and Professionals.
Food Design and Soft Goods are now distributed through Consumer Products, Commercial Equipment and Built Environment.
Writing & Commentary is no longer available.

Video Testimonials

How important is the video? Will my entry be less appealing if I don’t provide a video testimonial?

There is great value added by designers when they describe their process, talk to clients, make pitches and/or argue for the validity of their work. The video is a great option to keep in mind. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a fully produced video; it could low-production and brutally frank. Just have fun with it. If you choose not to include a video, this will not jeopardize your project. We trust our jury to judge work on its merit and not on its bells and whistles.

Will these videos be published, or are they solely for the jury to watch?

Winners, Runners Up and Notables will have their videos published as a compelling part of their entry. You don’t need to worry though; if it’s good enough to help you win, it’s probably something you’re going to want to share.

Will you edit my video at all?

No. We do not edit the contents of the entries at all. If your video does not play, is incomplete or difficult to view, it will not be admissible.

What are the supported file types?

Videos must be in mp4 format.

Other Submission Assets

How many images are we allowed to upload?

You must include at least 1 image in your entry and may include no more than 12 images. We recommend you make the most of the 12 available slots to show off aspects of your design to the jury.

What are the dimensions allowed for each image?

All images must be JPEG/PNG format and prepared in RGB mode. The maximum image dimension is 3000 pixels tall or wide (whichever measurement is greater). The maximum individual file size is 15MB. No Zip, Stuffit or compressed files are acceptable.

What is the maximum dimension allowed for the Supporting PDF?

The maximum file size for the PDF is 15MB.

What about documentation?

For extended documentation of any research or process oriented portion of your project, please use the Supporting PDF option.

Honoree Selection

How do I find out if I won?

All Winners, Runners Up, and Notable award honorees will be notified by email.

What do I get if I win?

The selected Professional and Student Winners will receive the Core77 Design Awards trophy.

All Honorees (Winners, Runners Up and Notables) will be published in the 2019 awards gallery and across the Core77 online. All Honorees will also receive a digital “ribbon” that they can add to their website, portfolio, etc. stating their honor and category.

Can I enter a project that’s on Kickstarter?

In order for a Kickstarter project to be eligible, it needs to have been a campaign that was successful, completed, and the products have been made available for pre-order, if not shipped. If you chose to fund the project yourself regardless of the campaign outcome, then the project must be finished, fully realized and available for public ordering / use. Campaigns that are still in process or campaigns with products that have not yet shipped are not eligible. Please submit them in a future program year.

Why should I submit my work early?

There is an Early Bird Discount if you submit your work by January 31, 2019. In general, it’s still best to submit your projects early to avoid the risk of encountering potential technical problems or delays in the deadline rush.

When is the submission deadline?

The absolute final deadline is April 1, 2019. Any work submitted after April 1, 2019 will not be accepted. We encourage you to enter as early as possible.

When will the winners be announced?

The announcements will be available in June 2019.

Have a Twitter account?

We’d love to stay in touch and follow what you’re up to, so please include your team member’s and your @twittername in the Team Credits portion of your entry. You should also sign up for Core77 email updates, follow us on twitter @core77awards, and visit our facebook page to stay in the loop.

Still have questions? Send us an email at

Please note: Entry fees are non-refundable.




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