Entries for the 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards are now closed. The early deadline for the 2015 SEGD Global Design Awards is January 31, 2015; the late deadline is February 14.
Starting in 2014, all entries are judged in practice categories and "Best in Show" award/awards will be chosen from the Honor winners in each category. The practice categories are Wayfinding, Placemaking and Identity, Exhibition, Strategy/Research/Planning, and Public Installations.
The SEGD Global Design Awards Program was established in 1987 to recognize excellence in environmental graphic design. They are the only international design awards focused on communication in the built environment. Winning projects have included complex wayfinding systems, branding and identity work, retail and interior projects, exhibition and experience design, architectural signage programs, public art installations, and design research and publications.
Thank you to 3M, sponsor of the 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards Program!
This video sampling of recent winners mirrors the multi-disciplinary nature of the field and the dramatic impact that EGD has on the built environment.
Awards are conferred by multi-disciplinary, international juries. Past jurors have included Henry Beer, Peter Dixon, Sue Gould, Graham Hanson, Lars Uwe Bleher, David Vanden-Eynden, Kelly Kolar, Mitchell Mauk, Ronald Shakespear, David Gibson, Paul Prejza, Lance Wyman, and Virginia Gehshan.
"Like most studios, we have reduced our involvement in competitions for financial reasons and lack of return on investment for ourselves and our clients. That said, we continue to make exceptions for those--such as SEGD--that represent the best of a specific design discipline. The SEGD Design Awards bring prestige and a return on investment by validating the caliber of work we provide. And a winning project adds to our clients' cachet." Tom Marquardt, Principal, Design Collaboratives
In the SEGD Global Design Awards, SEGD invites you to submit your best work in...
Dynamic Environments media facades, interactive architecture, media-based exhibitions, digital billboards, electronic public art
Office/Workplace Environments office buildings, business parks, mixed-use centers, industrial and manufacturing buildings, convention and conference centers
Leisure/Entertainment Environments walking and hiking trails, recreation centers, theme parks, arenas, stadiums, theaters, concert halls, cinemas, hotels, resorts, restaurants, spas, fitness centers, parks, gardens, cruise ships, marinas, golf courses
Educational/Institutional Environments healthcare facilities, libraries, schools, campuses, government facilities
Transportation Environments airports, ports, bus, rail, roadways, parking facilities
Retail/Commercial Environments service businesses, malls, storefronts, interiors, food courts, showrooms, outdoor advertising
Residential Environments apartments, condominiums, developments, retirement centers, dormitories
Urban Projects cities, mixed-use complexes, downtowns, neighborhoods, wayfinding systems, streetscapes
Exhibitions museums, zoos, interpretive exhibits
Trade Shows/Temporary Events expositions, pavilions, athletic events, festivals
Master Plans/Planning/Research conceptual ideas, research, recommendation studies, sign/identity/branding standards, programs
Miscellaneous signage, architectural graphics, placemaking, identity programs, public art, donor recognition programs, maps, symbol/pictogram systems, sign codes, gateways, landmarks
2014 Jury, SEGD Global Design Awards
Alan Jacobson, founder and president of experience design and strategy firm ex;it and brand and communications firm J2 Design Partnership, is chairing the 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards.
“With EGD encompassing such a broad—and growing—range of disciplines and collaborators, it’s important that our jury reflect that diversity across geographic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries,” he notes.
Jacobson’s 2014 jury includes:
- Ceyda Artun, a graduate of the MFA in Graphic Design program at Anadolu University, Turkey, and winner of a 2013 SEGD Global Design Award for her design of the “Fake Art Museum” at the Arts Faculty canteen at the university.
- Ken Carbone, co-founder and chief creative director of the award-winning design and branding firm the Carbone Smolan Agency (New York).
- Hilary Jay, a design curator, journalist, and entrepreneur who was recently named director of The Philadelphia Center for Architecture.
- Zelda Harrison, a branding and communications consultant who was president of AIGA’s Cross Cultural Design program.
- Matthew Littell, principal in the Boston-based architectural and planning firm Utile, known for his work in designing affordable, sustainable rental housing projects in major urban centers.
- Clifford Selbert, landscape architect and co-founder of the acclaimed multidisciplinary, international design firm Selbert Perkins Design.
- Min Wang, dean of the School of Design at China’s most influential design school, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and design director for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Committee.
- Alina Wheeler, author of Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team, the leading global resource for brand builders.
What Can You Enter?
Wayfinding, Placemaking and Identity, Exhibition, Strategy/Research/Planning, and Public Installation projects in the following sub-categories (in bold) are eligible and will be judged within each category, not against all other entrants.
- office buildings and business parks
- mixed-use centers
- industrial and manufacturing facilities
- convention and conference centers
- government facilities
- hospitals and clinics
- wellness centers
- student centers
- museums and exhibitions
- zoos and aquariums
- visitor and interpretive centers
- trade shows
- walking/hiking trails
- parks and recreation centers
- golf courses
- theme parks
- arenas and stadiums
- theaters, concert halls, cinemas
- spas and fitness centers
- food courts
- lifestyle and shopping centers
- store fronts and showrooms
- service design
- advertising systems
- hotels and resorts
- cruise ships
- bus and rail stations
- parking facilities
- ports and marinas
Urban and Civic
- street furniture
- public art
- wayfinding systems
- streetscapes and street furniture
- apartments and condominiums
- retirement communities
Strategy and Planning
- experimental concepts
- master planning
- standard guidelines
The SEGD Global Design Awards Program is endorsed by Icograda, The International Council of Communication Design.