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The 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards are now closed.

Enter the 2017 SEGD Global Design Awards starting 12.01.2016.

Winning entries will be announced and celebrated at a dedicated SEGD Global Design Awards ceremony 06.11.16 at the SEGD Conference Experience Seattle. Check out the 2015 Winners gallery.

Since 1987, the SEGD Global Design Awards have set the standard of excellence for environmental graphic design and experiential graphic design—honoring design work that connects people to place by providing direction, content, and compelling experiences in public spaces.

Winning projects have ranged from interactive multimedia environments to complex hospital wayfinding systems and from branded corporate environments to museum exhibitions. Retail and interior projects, architectural signing, public art, design research, and books have also won awards.

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, Ken Carbone, Mitchell Mauk, Ronald Shakespear, David Gibson, Paul Prejza, Lance Wyman, and Virginia Gehshan.

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Browse Last Years' Awards Gallery

What can you enter?

Here are some ideas of types of projects you could enter under the above seven categories.

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Do you have burning questions about the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards? Call or emailJennette Foreman, +1-202-638-5555.


What People Are Saying About the Design Awards

We constantly hear feedback about the high standards that the SEGD Global Design Awards set because of the rigor of the jury process.


"We only enter two awards, the SEGD Global Design Awards and the Type Directors Club." - Paula Scher, Pentagram

"For EGD practitioners, the SEGD design awards is the only competition that matters. But you gotta be in it to win it!" -David Vanden-Eynden, FSEGD

"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, Design Collaboratives

"Entering a project in the SEGD competition is a great way to acknowledge and appreciate the designers who worked hard to create it." - Virginia Gehshan, FSEGD

“We are pleased, once again, to have the prestigious honor to sponsor your Awards Program for 2016. SEGD brings the planning, designing and building – 3M brings the science behind the innovative solutions that help you shape experiences people have with places and brands” - Cindy Jenkins, 3M Commercial Solutions Division


2016 Design Awards Jurors
Eric LeVine, NBBJ
Eric LeVine
Paul McConnell is the Head of Digital Studio / Associate Director at Arup in London
Paul McConnell
Despina Macris is a Director at Dotdash Wayfinding in Brisbane, Australia
Despina Macris
Anna Crider, SEGD Board President
Anna Crider
HEadshot of Stephen Minning, Managing Director of BrandCulture
Stephen Minning
Marcia Lausen, Studio/lab
Marcia Lausen
Mike Garzarelli
Mike Garzarelli
Lonny Israel headshot
Lonny Israel
Traci Sym, Second Story Headshot
Traci Sym
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards [In One Place!]

So you're a Designer, Fabricator, Client or Student from anywhere in the world, and you've got an amazing project you or your team completed between 1/1/2013 and 12/31/2015 in one of the following categories: Exhibitions, Placemaking and Identity, Public Installations, Strategy/Research/Planning, Wayfinding, Interactive Experiences, and Digital Experience Content. And you want to enter (and win!) an SEGD Global Design Award.

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Enter Now and Experience the Life-Changing Magic of the SEGD Global Design Awards

Katie Bevin speed-launched her design career. Anthony Vitagliano’s company attributes growth and new clients to winning. And Wendy Evans Joseph just keeps challenging herself year after year with the SEGD Global Design Awards. Winning is good. Winning is very, very good. Enter now and change YOUR life too!

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From the Awesome Archives -- Your SEGD Global Design Awards Inspiration

What do a Hell’s Kitchen bus terminal, a quilt show, a cathedral and a football stadium wayfinding program have in common? All were awe-inspiring, game-changing projects recognized in the SEGD Global Design Awards.

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Start Here: Tips for Entering the SEGD Global Design Awards

“The start is what stops most people.”

Don Shula was probably talking about football (not design competitions), but the famed coach’s wise words hold just as true for designers as for football players, or anyone with a worthwhile pursuit. Starting is always the hard part.

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The 7 Global Design Awards Categories Explained [Examples]

As the only international design awards program focused solely on Experiential Graphic Design, the SEGD Global Design Awards seek out and recognize the world’s best examples of experiences designed to connect people to place. The SEGD Global Design Awards encompass 7 categories that represent key practice areas of Experiential Graphic Design. We'll explain them here.

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Entering Design Competitions is Good for Business. Here’s Why.

At their best, design competitions promote innovation, creativity, excellence and sheer possibility. Who doesn’t want to be aligned with those? And winning, of course, brings validation and acclaim. But it’s not all about the glory. There is actually a business case to be made for entering design competitions—whether you win or not.

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4 Reasons to be Grateful the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards are Open

What could be more gratitude-inducing than adding the words "award-winning" in front of your company name or project? That may be the most obvious reason to be thankful for the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards, but there are many more. Here are a just a few from the cornucopia of reasons:

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2016 SEGD Global Design Awards Open for Entries

2016 is your year to shine. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards, the only international awards program focused solely on user experiences in the built environment. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2016, but it’s never too early to get started!

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