HOW International Design Awards

Extended Deadline: Oct. 2, 2015- CLOSED

HOW International Design Awards recognizes excellence on a global scale. Our international design competition is the only competition that prominently recognizes winners in its award-winning magazine – HOW Magazine. The Best of Show Winner and Outstanding Achievement winners are featured in an issue with an in-depth article that showcases the award-winning designs and designers alike. Winners span the globe and give readers of HOW magazine a taste of design innovation on an international design scale.

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  • BEST OF SHOW Winner scores a free trip to HOW DESIGN LIVE 2016 (includes: round-trip airfare, hotel and conference registration), plus an award to be presented at the conference.
  • BEST OF SHOW Winner will enjoy a 2-page spread in the Spring Issue of HOW.
  • All Winners (Best of Show, Outstanding Achievement and Merit Winners) will see their work in HOW’s Spring 2016 issue.
  • All Outstanding Achievement and Merit Winners will receive a $100 discount on any HOW Design Live 2016 registration.
  • All Winners will be announced in a feature article on and featured in its online gallery.
  • All Winners will be formally announced in the HOW eNewsletter.
  • All Winners will be announced via social media.
  • All Winners will be featured on Pinterest throughout the year.
  • All Winners will receive an exclusive Digital Seal to be used to promote your win.
  • All Winners will receive a press release template for use in promoting your win.
  • All winners will receive a complimentary copy of the Spring 2016 issue of HOW.
  • ALL ENTRANTS will receive access to a FREE Webinar.

HOW will notify the winners by December, 31 2015, after judging is complete.



  • 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


Marina Willer of Pentagram



Sebastian Padilla of Anagrama



Dana Arnett of VSA Partners

How to Enter

  • Entries may be entered online or offline using the downloadable entry form. PHYSICAL SAMPLES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THE EXTENDED DEADLINE.
  • You may submit up to 5 files per entry (5 MB per file). File formats for digital images include: .jpg and .jpeg only (do not submit .png, .pdf, .tif or .gif files) in RGB color mode no smaller than 3 inches for the shortest dimension at 300 dpi. Larger dimensions are preferred for detail and cropping. If the entry is a website, please include screen captures or still images based on the size and file format specifications above for production in the magazine.If the entry is a video, file formats include: .mov; .avi; .mp4; .wma. Please include screen captures or still images based on the size and file format specifications above for production in the magazine. If submitting physical samples, and digital images are also available, please include both.
  • Credit all persons involved in the creation of the piece. HOW isn’t responsible for incorrect, illegible or incomplete credit information.
  • Release date of submission must fall between September 1, 2014 and this competition’s final deadline.
  • Describe the objective and results of your entry in 100 words or less and include the description on the entry form.
  • For more information including project delivery methods see Preparing You Entry.

We accept all major credit cards or you may pay with a check or money order. Make checks payable (in U.S. funds) to F+W Media, Inc. and send to the address below. Entries received without payment will be disqualified. Entry fees are nonrefundable. One check may be used to cover multiple entries. -See Pricing and Deadlines

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Blue Ash, OH 45242 USA

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