About the Program


Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. We present 17 categories of entry, providing designers, researchers and writers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts. From client work to self-initiated projects, entrepreneurial to pro-bono engagements, we embrace a wide diversity of enterprise: commercial, cultural, social, environmental and discursive.


Both the Professional and Student Winners of each category will receive the C77DA trophy, and all Honorees will be published in the Awards Gallery and across the Core77 online network. Be part of the most inclusive and celebrated design awards platform of the digital age.


A very special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Intuit, and our trophy manufacturing partner, Proto Labs, for helping to make our awards program a success!

  • Progressive Categories

    In addition to the beloved standards, we honor several newer forms of design practice: Service, Social Impact, Educational Initiatives, DIY, Food Design and Writing & Commentary.

  • Dedicated Student Fields

    Core77 has always honored student work, and accordingly we’ve created Student sections in 15 of the 17 categories.

  • Distributed International Juries

    Offering a truly global perspective on design, distributed Jury Captains assigned to the 17 award categories will pick local team members who are also experts in their category to join them in the jury process.

  • Entrant Video Testimonials

    Since designers are great at showing and telling, we provide them with the opportunity to share their “real story” (beyond the customary jpegs and text) with the jury through low-tech, honest, 2.5 minute video testimonials.

  • Live Jury Announcements

    During our live broadcast week—which will take place in June 2014—each jury team will announce their results in a live broadcast, from their home city, in their local time zone.

  • A Trophy Reinvented

    Recognizing design as a team sport, the Core77 Design Award serves as a DIY mold for a trophy so that teams can cast facsimiles for their collaborators, clients and staff.

  • About Core77

    Launched in 1995, Core77 serves a devoted global audience of design professionals, corporations, students, enthusiasts and fans. Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, resources, book reviews and event calendars. We host hundreds of thousands of online portfolios, provide job listings through a distinguished network of leading design site partners and maintain a database of thousands of design firms, schools, vendors and services.


    Identity Design: Studio Lin
    Website Design: Studio Mercury
    Trophy Design: Rich Brilliant Willing