Where do I start?

First take a look through our site, check out our Categories and the Jury Teams for each. Before entering, you should get a feel and basic understanding of Preparing your Entry and be aware of our Pricing and Deadlines. Since the sample questions vary between categories, we offer Sample Entry Forms for each category. All written entry responses, PDFs and video testimonials must be in English.


All of the above will help you determine if your project is eligible, what assets to organize and what information to write ahead of time so that your entry-process is a snap.


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 DIY category does not carry a Professional or Student distinction.


Does the work have to be real to be entered into the Professional category?



Does the work need to have been done in 2013?

Your project must have been released between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. This means launched on the market, published (if a Writing & Commentary entry), or if it’s a Student or Speculative entry, it must have been completed/presented between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.


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 or completed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 (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 April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 (see above).


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

Absolutely. If the work was done while you were a student, then, well, it’s 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.


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

No. Work must have been “launched” or “released” between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. If the project is speculative/conceptual (ie eligible for the Speculative category), then we waive the rule, of course. But the project must have been completed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.


Can I enter work that was done pro-bono, self-initiated or speculative?

Yes. We honor all kinds of design effort. We offer a special entry fee for all pro-bono projects (work done as a public service for no fee whether for a for-profit or a non-profit client). It just needs to have been released/done between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Self-initiated work does not qualify as pro-bono.


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.



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. Having trouble deciding which categories are appropriate? Just shoot us an email.

Note that you will need to go through the submission process—submit the entry form, answer all applicable questions and upload all the assets—for each category entered. Payment for the entries will be taken once you have concluded and fulfilled all the requirements of your submission.


What’s the difference between Professional and Professional Pro Bono?

The Professional entry type is designated for work that was completed for a client and payment was received. Pro Bono work is defined as work that was completed for a reduced fee or no payment at all, as a public service. Self-initiated work does not qualify as pro-bono, as it was not commissioned by an organization as a public service.


I’m unfamiliar with the submission category “DIY.” 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: Any personal project that is self-directed, self-produced and self-funded and has the ability for someone else to re-create the work themselves. The spirit of DIY is also about the sharing process, and we accept projects that are plans or instructions showing other how to make the object by themselves. DIY also implies you conjured the idea and saw it to fruition yourself using do-it-yourself know-how, whether it’s the modification of an existing system or artifact or the creation of something new. (Note: special reduced entry fee and there are no Professional or Student distinction with this category.)

Examples include: hacks, mods, upcycles, recycles, crafts, digital fabrications, etc. Also see our 2013 DIY Honorees.


Is there an Architecture category?

Not necessarily, but we do welcome you to submit your conceptual architectural designs into our Speculative category, and for any interior architectural or exhibition design, you can enter it into our Interiors & Exhibitions category.




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 storytell, talk to clients, make pitches and/or argue for the validity of their work. So essentially, the video is a great option to keep in mind. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a full on edited 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. Again, 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. But if your video starts with “Hi, my name is James Dyson” and ends with a company logo and URL, it will not be admissible. Let’s ease into this transparency business. (James, please don’t let this discourage you. We want to see your stuff!)

What are the supported file types?

Here is a list for your quick reference.


  • .avi
  • .dv
  • .mov
  • .qt
  • .mpg
  • .mpg2
  • .mpeg2
  • .mpeg4
  • .mp4
  • .m4v
  • .3gp
  • .3g2
  • .asf
  • .wmv
  • .flv.




  • Flip4Mac WMV in QuickTime Container
  • Multiple sample descriptions for a single stream
  • Live HTTP Streaming manifest/playlist
  • Multichannel PCM audio with a bit depth smaller than 8
  • Multichannel audio with more than 8 channels
  • LPCM audio in SMPTE 302M stream



  • Apple Intermediate
  • HDV 720p60
  • ProRes 4444
  • Go2Meeting3/4


Doesn’t the video violate the presumption of anonymity? What if the jurors recognize the designer?

One of the problems with design awards is that all-too-often jurors are already familiar with the work and are quite knowledgeable about its authorship. In these (frequent) moments, jurors should recuse themselves. To keep this rule intact, we do require that designers not state their names or company names in their testimonial videos, PDF or entry form. The bottom line is we trust our jurors. We trust that they will judge work strictly on the basis of its excellence, regardless of who or where it came from. We are not so naïve to presume that these videos won’t introduce personalities into the mix. But maybe it’s time we put a face, and a voice, to the intentions of the people who create the design products we evaluate rather than judging them by their anonymous embodiments. At least we think it’s worth a shot. Not for you? No problem. The video is not required.




How many images are we allowed to upload?

There is provision for up to 4 images, but only 1 image is mandatory. Of course, you will want to make the most of the 4 available slots to show off aspects of your design to the jury. If you are a Writing & Commentary entrant (or even a Strategy & Research entrant), you will rely less on imagery to tell the story behind your design and more on the Supporting PDF.


What are the dimensions allowed for each image?

The printed judging materials will be on standard 8.5×11” sheets of paper so it may be in your best interest to size images accordingly. 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.


Where and how do I submit my work for the Writing & Commentary category?

There are specific formatting and uploading instructions for Writing & Commentary entrants. The total word limit per entry is 3,000 words. You must submit your text as a single PDF; the text should be double-spaced, and have page numbers in the upper right corner. More than one piece of writing may be included in the PDF if the pieces are connected as a series, with of course, attention to the overall word limit of 3,000. The PDF will get uploaded in the Supporting PDF step of the entry form.  See our Preparing your Entry page for more information.


Do I have to upload an image if I’m entering the Writing & Commentary category?

All entries, regardless of which category, must include at least 1 image as per the entry system. So, you could upload anything from an image that relates to your piece of writing. Maybe it’s a photo of the view from your desk.


What about documentation? Our research project will need much more than 250 words.

You will notice an option for “Supporting PDF” in the upload section of the Entry Form. This is optional for all categories except Writing & Commentary; this is the proper format for writing entry submissions. Here you have the option of uploading a PDF.




How many winners are selected?

One Professional and one Student Winner will be selected for each category. In addition to a category Winner, the jury will also select Professional and Student Runners Up and a series of Notable Mentions.


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, Runner Up and Notables) will be published in the 2014 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 pay for two or more different kinds of projects?

Yes. You can register as a Professional and enter work that you completed as a Student (say, if you have recently graduated but your submission was completed in school) in addition to work done as a Professional or a DIYer. You will pay according to the type of submission, not registration.


What methods of payment are accepted?

This Awards program accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discovery credit cards.


Will I receive a receipt?

Yes. And if it doesn’t say that we are truly appreciative of your support for this program, please know it now. It has taken us a long time to create a unique recipe for an awards program that made sense for us and for our community. We welcome your feedback and we hope that this year will be better than ever! We hope that the Core77 Design Awards program will become an integral part of helping you share your creativity and design work with the rest of the world.




Why should I submit my work early?

Why not? Firstly, there is an Earlybird Discount of 20% if you submit your work by January 30, 2014. 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 deadline is March 20, 2014, but again we encourage you to enter as early as possible, and we reckon you ought to take advantage of the Earlybird Discount mentioned above.


When will the winners be announced?

We’re aiming for June 2014 for our live announcements.


Have a Twitter account? We do live tweeting while the announcements are taking place, so be sure to include you and your teams @twittername on our entry form. You should also sign up for email updates, follow us on Twitter @core77awards, and visit our Facebook page to stay in the loop.

Still have questions? Send us an email.