2015 New York Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design
design champion, best studio, best start-up & best supplier
plus over 40 specialist categories

accelerate transformation, celebrate courage
growing demand for design


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Why nominate?
Being recognised for an Award offers a distinct competitive advantage to those offering products and services to a highly visible, global market. It provides recognition of excellence for employees, investors, customers and partners from the industry.

The DRIVENxDESIGN award programs also offer a unique platform for businesses to reach out to a highly specialised audience through the DRIVENxDESIGN Awards communication streams.

The Awards are open to anyone with an interest in developing products and services that are designed to have both a commercial and market impact.

Immediate benefits on nomination submission are:

  • After review all nominations are shortlisted and displayed on the awards website visible to our extensive audience.
  • You will also receive a notification email with promotional tools including awards logos.
  • Nominations will be featured in our eNewsletter, media releases and social media channels

As a marketplace platform, the awards provide an opportunity to:

  • Promote your courage, innovation, creativity and craft leadership to your peers across three continents
  • Gain marketplace exposure of your project or brand
  • Increase awareness of your work and gain marketplace and peer comment
  • Provide a mark of distinction for your project or brand
  • Selected award winning projects will be invited to participate in the associated design summit.  This is a live interview and puts your design work and team front and center as design leaders.
How to nominate

Nominating is an easy online process comprising of five simple steps:

  1. If you don’t already have one, set up your login account. From here you'll be able to control all aspects of your submission.
  2. Have a good look at the program's category list. Here you can work out where your nomination best fits into the awards.
  3. Create your nomination. Simply fill out the online form with the relevant information regarding your submission and upload any supporting media. We accept all major image files. Video footage must be submitted in the appropriate YouTube or Vimeo format.
    If your nomination is a client commissioned project, this is the time to notify your client for their input and approval - the awards process is about recognition for both creators and commissioners.
  4. Edit your nomination. Feel free to return to your nomination and edit it any time before the final deadline. Remember to click save so as not to lose your updated work.
  5. Submit your nomination. When you're happy with your nomination click submit to make your final submission. The nomination fee is payable online and please remember that your nomination can't be reviewed until it's been submitted and paid for. 


  • Provide interesting copy. The more relevant and interesting your nomination is, the more likely people are going to engage with it.
  • Supply great imagery. Highlight your nomination's innovation and design through simple clean images. The better the imagery is, the better your nomination will look on the site. You can include up to 10 images.
  • Focus on the user. Really show how the user engages with your project by focusing on the user experience and relevancy.
  • Get in early. The sooner you enter the awards the longer your nomination is visible on the site. This means more exposure.
  • Promote. Let your community know about your nomination by adding your nomination URL to your website, social media and email newsletters. 

The DRIVENxDESIGN Awards Programs are based on a combination of  Curated and Open Nominations. Nominations are based on design projects/products and specify both the design commissioner and design creator along with a series of project details. Most nominations are completed in less than 20min. The nomination management system allows draft nominations to be submitted and updates until the final submission. 
Curated Nominations
Curated Nominations are made by the advisory panel. These nominations are supported by commercial partners and DRIVENxDESIGN. Nominations supported by commercial partners are curated into a single collection to show their area of association with the awards. Over the last 5 years we’ve seen many commercial partners leveraging to have their brand associated with the advisory panel curated selection. This not only drives value for their brand but also lightens the load on curation of projects. 

Open Nominations
Open Nominations are structured in three fee levels; early bird, standard and late. The best option is to use the early bird period as this offers the most cost effective way to nominate a project.