NEW YORK – February 1, 2018

The New 2018 Spark Design Awards Are Underway

All Spark Award categories are now accepting entries. As Director Peter Kuchnicki stated, “This year we include 12 distinct categories, plus many sub-categories, so there’s sure to be a good fit for all types of design. Also, we’ve added two exciting new categories—Engineering Design and Civic Innovation & Design into the schedule. Other categories are getting a special focus too, with Digital Design, Package Design and Graphic & Print taking Spark honors. This will be a powerhouse year!”

Deadlines Announced

Spring Awards
These categories include:

Product Design
Concept Pro
Student Concept Spring Semester

Call For Entry: February 1, 2018
Earlybird Deadline (Lowest entry fees): March 20, 2018
Standard Deadline: May 20, 2018
Late Deadline: June 11, 2018
Jury: June 14, 2018

Spark’s other categories are also open for entries—smart designers like to enter all of the awards ASAP because entries are displayed in the Spark Galleries until judging—giving increased exposure to their company, design and/or product.

Fall Awards
These categories include:
Civic Innovation & Design
Engineering Innovation & Design
Graphic & Print Design
Package Design
Experience & Service Design
Health, Medical & Universal Design
Spaces & Architecture
Transport Design
WEAR Design
Digital Design
Fall Product Design

Call For Entry: February 1, 2018
Earlybird Deadline (Lowest entry fees): June 1, 2018
Standard Deadline: October 15, 2018
Late Deadline:  November 12, 2018
Jury: November 14 & 15, 2018

Winter Awards:
Concept Pro
Student Concept Fall/Winter Semester
(Both now including MAKR & Proto Design)

Call For Entry: August 1, 2018
Earlybird Deadline (Lowest entry fees): August 31, 2018
Standard Deadline: November 2, 2018
Late Deadline: November 30, 2018
Jury: December 4, 2018

Why Spark Does This
Asked about the efficacy of Design Awards, Spark Senior Advisor John Guenther, former Director of Design, Hewlett-Packard commented, “Competitions level the playing field by making visible new and innovative design thinking from everyone from students to small design firms to NGO’s and large corporations.”

Even big design organizations are surprisingly thrilled to have the intensity of all design innovation made publicly visible by design competitions. It benefits them and all designers and consumers by continuously raising the bar of excellence and striving to always move the profession forward. It’s one of the important ways we benchmark our profession.”

Winners of the Spark Awards may be viewed in their famed online galleries >HERE

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