We are DRIVENxDESIGN (pronounced DRIVEN by DESIGN), a global independent design promotion organisation that oversees programs of recognition (AKA the world’s largest network of Design Award Programs). We are led by a global community of C-suite executives who make up the members of our sister project – The Design Exec Club. Our global community is now 95,000 members strong, involving over 7,500 brands and 2,500 studios - we come together to innovate, accelerate and grow demand for design. In 2020. We celebrated over $USD350B of design projects globally and raised the profile of over 1,200 design projects.


We like to think of ourselves as ‘champions for a better future’, our goal is to bring recognition to applied design projects that are helping us accelerate economic outcomes with a social and environmental impact. Our Award Programs are market-based, to include national and international design projects.


New York Design Awards
London Design Awards
Melbourne Design Awards
Sydney Design Awards
Shanghai Design Awards
Hong Kong Design Awards
Berlin Design Awards
Paris Design Awards
Brisbane Design Awards
GOV Design Awards (global)


All our Award Programs are run annually. This means we hold a new Awards Program every month from February to November. We publish 12 Design Annuals a year - one for each awards program, as well as two curated editions.


The importance of recognition - Recognition is difficult and hard to establish inside an organisation. Staff are inherently more satisfied when they are being valued and championed. So often our work lacks punctuation, recognition programs add this much-needed punctuation and deliver enhanced job satisfaction, supplier satisfaction and customer satisfaction. External award programs like DRIVENxDESIGN create an important opportunity for peer acknowledgment. This kind of recognition spans a lifetime, from the moment management makes the decision to demonstrate their pride in a project and nominate into the awards program, to have the project reviewed and selected. The cycle of recognition is a cycle of pride. Team members are often worn down by the effort to deliver a project, and appreciate when a spotlight is shone on their efforts, a spotlight that says they’re valued and that the organisation is proud of their efforts. 

At DRIVENxDESIGN we want to facilitate these moments of recognition for everyone, which is why our motto is “we celebrate courage, excellence and diversity”.

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