The OC Design Awards recognize design solutions and the designers, students, companies and organizations throughout the country that use their creative influence to create a positive impact for our profession. The competition recognizes design that challenges us to think of solutions outside of the box that solve everyday problems. As creatives we are problem solvers. It is based on our fundamental belief that through better design we can build a better society. Work that is entered should reflect these attributions. In addition, the work entered should be for Orange County or made in Orange County.* After all, we want to recognize the work that has helped OC’s Creative Economy!


We want to see great design!  Each ENTRY allows you up to 5 boards/images of that entry. If you wish to enter the same submission into multiple catagories you will have to re-enter that piece.

EARLY BIRD ENTRIES - Enter before September 9th, and save $10!

Status Level Entry Price
(up to 5 submissions per entry catagory)
AIGA Members $35
Non-Members $55
Student AIGA Members 2 free entries then $25 per entry
Student Non-Members $45
Education Group $250 (up to 30 entries)

*Education pricing allows a school/university to represent their current attending student’s work. The student does not need to be a member to qualify. The Education Partner opportunity allows the school/university to be recognized as a supporter of design and art by displaying their logo on the OC Design Awards website with a link and special announcement during the Awards event. Additional marketing opportunities are available; please contact Bridget Soden at: for more information.


All designers and creative professionals, art and design students, educators, and business and/or organizations
of design are encouraged to enter. Entrants need not be members of AIGA. All design work entered in the competition should focus the eligible types of work accepted. We are looking for excellence in design solutions that actively engage in enriching our lives. This could be, for example, raising awareness about a cause or condition or celebrating an art institution or event, even branding and advertising can enrich our communities! Lastly, ensure your work entered was made for Orange County or made in Orange County.* Only work produced or published between January 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014 may qualify. Printed work must be published in excess of 250 impressions with the exception of invitations/announcements and posters, which must be published in excess of 50. All work by professionals must have been published, aired or produced to be eligible. Student work is not required to be published or have a minimum number of impressions. Complete the Enter Contest section, pay, and then e-mail files using our sites upload feature only. Mailed entries will not be considered.


The 2014 OC Design Awards recognizes designers, students, companies and organizations whose work best represents design excellence in a variable list of design ­focused fields. “We understand the power of design because design is everywhere.” This year’s categories are:

  • Advertising – print/publication
  • Advertising – video/TV
  • Brand Identity (personal or business)
  • Environmental Design
  • Illustration
  • Sustainable Design
  • Package Design
  • Print Design
  • Web Design
  • Mobile/UI Design
  • Direct Mail
  • Photography
  • Anniversary

Additional categories may be added later or can be submitted but are not guaranteed to be accepted and may be moved to a closely matching available category.

Awards given in each of the following categories:

  • Agency
  • Individual/Sole Proprietor
  • In-house
  • Student
  • Most Liked on Facebook
  • Best in Show

There will also be a Best of Show award and the Facebook Most “Liked” award­ additional awards may also be added. CALL FOR ENTRIES BEGIN August 20, 2014 AND ENDS September 26, 2014. Need more information? Contact us at


Each submission will have an equal chance of winning. Each submission entered will be judged on a 10­point system in five components of each category by a national team of judges. The five components are as follows:

  • Was the submission produced in Orange County or for a client/cause in Orange County?
  • Creativity
  • Subject Matter/Concept–is it appropriate for the category and utilizes standard or non-­standard uses/forms/techniques to effectively communicate the overall message?
  • Effective use of Materials-textiles/paper/digital
  • Overall Design Aesthetic-is the submission executed and crafted well from a design and technical standpoint?

To learn more about our Judges click here.


Click here to view/download the press release. *Please refer to the FAQs section about specific details. **Please inquire about requirements for your entry to be deemed “sustainable/green.”