HOW International Design Awards


Deadline: CLOSED


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Design speaks to each of us in a universal language. No matter your native tongue, excellence in design can intrigue, inspire and stir one’s emotions—no words needed (but really, if you enter type-driven design, that’s cool, too). No matter where in the world you reside, entries are judged by project type rather than industry or region. That means posters are up against posters, packaging against packaging, identity design against—you get the point.If you think your work has the ability to ignite passion and imagination the world over, this competition is calling your name.How to Enter
Our easy-to-follow PDF is filled with all of the information, deadlines and tips you need to know about before you enter. Download our PDF, create your login and show us your best design!What to Enter


  • Posters
  • Packaging (consumer goods)
  • 3D Objects (t-shirts, tote bags, calendars, etc.)
  • Invitations/announcements/greeting cards
  • Identity (logos/ letterhead/business cards)
  • Editorial (single article or entire publication/book)
  • Covers & Jackets
  • Illustration
  • Photography

  • Annual reports/brochures/catalogs/direct mail
  • Infographics
  • Advertising (interactive or printed)
  • Signage/Environmental Graphics
  • Apps/Tablet Design
  • Kiosks/Interactive Exhibits
  • Video (commericals, short films, viral video, educational/instructional, motion graphics)
  • Web & Blog Design
  • Miscellaneous (style guides, complex promos, etc.)
  • Student Work


Best of Show

  • scores one FREE TRIP to HOW Design Live 2018—including round-trip airfare, hotel and conference registration (conference registration alone is up to a $2,295 value!)
  • is invited to take part in a main-stage trophy presentation at HOW Design Live, plus other exclusive opportunities on-site.
  • enjoys in-depth coverage in the Spring 2018 issue of HOW magazine.

All Winners (Best of Show, Outstanding Achievement and Merit Winners)

  • see their work in HOW’s Spring 2018 issue.
  • get a $500 discount on HOW Design Live 2018 Big Ticket registrations.
  • enjoy a $200 discount on 2-Day passes at HOW Design Live 2018.
  • receive $100 off the HOW Design Live 2018 student rate (must be enrolled in school at time of registration for this to apply).
  • will be announced in a feature article on
  • receive a unique certificate template designed by, a press release template and a winners badge for use in promoting your win.
  • enjoy a complimentary copy of the Spring 2018 issue of HOW.


Designers, this is the moment you stop wishing and start winning! Enter now, and keep up with our social media for the latest design inspiration!


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