Contest Details

AIGA OC Design Awards 2017

The OC Design Awards recognize designers, students, companies and organizations that use their creative influence to create a positive impact for our profession in work that appears in Orange County or was made in Orange County.

How to Enter

  • Each entry may include up to 5 images of your work
  • Prepare your image(s) to fit a 1500×700 pixel canvas at 72 dpi
  • Each image should be no larger than 2MB
  • Zip up your image(s) and label your entry using the following format:
  • Important: entries must be zipped.
  • Pay for your entry (each entry should be zipped, submitted and paid for separately)
  • Repeat this process for each entry

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1 entry = 1 project. You may include up to 5 images of your project per entry. If you would like to submit your entry into multiple categories, you will need to pay for and submit your entry into each of the categories.

Early Bird Entries: Enter before June 1st and save $10!

Status Level Entry Pricing
AIGA members $35
Non-members $55
Student AIGA member Includes 2 free entries
$25 per entry thereafter
Student non-member $45
Education Group• $250 (up to 30 entries)

*Education Group pricing allows a school or university to represent their current attending students’ work. The students do not need to be AIGA members to qualify. The Education Group opportunity allows the school or university to be recognized as a supporter of design and art. Their logo will displayed on the OC Design Awards website (with a link to their website) and they will be included in a special announcement during the awards event. Additional marketing opportunities are available; please contact us for more information.

Enter your work

Contest Overview

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 should focus on the eligible types of work accepted. We are looking for excellent design solutions. The work entered should be made for or in Orange County. Only work produced or published between September 1, 2016 and September 16, 2017 will qualify. All work by professionals must have been printed, published, aired or produced to be eligible. Mailed entries will not be considered.

Awards Categories

The 2017 OC Design Awards recognizes designers, students, companies and organizations whose work best represents design excellence in a variety of fields.

This year’s catagories include:

  • 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
  • Additional categories may be added later.

Awards given in each of the following categories:

  • Agency
  • Individual/sole proprietor
  • In-house
  • Student
  • Best in show

Call for entries commences on March 1, 2017 and ends September 15, 2017. Need more information? Contact us.

The Judging Process

Each submission will have an equal chance of winning. Each submission will be judged by a national team of judges on a ten point system using the following five criteria:

  1. Was the submission produced in Orange County or for a client/cause in Orange County?
  2. Creativity
  3. Subject matter/concept. Is it appropriate for the category and does it utilize standard or non-standard uses/forms/techniques to effectively communicate the overall message?
  4. Effective use of materials
  5. Overall design aesthetic. Is the submission executed and crafted well from a design and technical standpoint?