Just Send Us Your Best Work

Spark has a very open entry system, for every possible type of design within the disciplines covered.  Thus, we have listed a large number of categories and specialties. Sometimes, a design may even fit more than one area. Don’t worry about choosing the “best” one when registering. Everything is judged on its merits.

Designs are judged in the context of our Criteria. There are no rigid divisions—design types are listed here so a designer feels that their work is appropriate and welcome. We can have any number of winners—or none, in any given area. All depends on the work, and the design sensibility of jury. That’s why we work hard to find tough, fair and collegial judges.

Any concept design, in any media  may be submitted, including designs previously submitted to Spark competitions. Both working professionals and students are welcome. (Concept designs by pro’s and students may also be found in Spark Transport.)



  • Buildings
  • Public Architecture
  • Interior design, living spaces
  • Offices, working spaces
  • Universal access systems
  • Temporary structures
  • Infrastructure, urban planning
  • Arches, bridges, viaducts and gateways
  • Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials
  • Public spaces, parks, vistas, plazas
  • Pedestrian walkways, amenities
  • Community planning and design


  • Identity, logos
  • Print: publishing, media, books, art books, posters, brochures, documentation, advertising, direct mail
  • Typography
  • Corporate and financial, annual reports, internal publications
  • Wayfinding, signage, informational kiosks and terminals, environmental


  • Point-of-sale (POP), sales packaging (all products & services, consumer and industrial)
  • Boxes, containers, shipping cartons
  • Promotional displays, exhibitions, 3D graphics
  • Packaging materials, innovative applications
  • Packaging graphics, labels, branding
  • Integration, trans-design (at least two media involved)
  • Ergonomic
  • Information system integration, usage


  • Multi-media
  • Games, console, stand-alone, web-based, cloud-based
  • Apps, software
  • Motion design, film, advertising
  • Video: interstitials, PSA’s, station ID, special effects
  • Digital video effects & animation
  • Websites, blogs, e-zines, online shopping, social media
  • Interactive, UX, industrial, telecom, appliance & product interfaces
  • Electronic communications systems


  • Leisure, sports, health and outdoor recreation
  • Industrial and consumer tools and equipment
  • General consumer goods and appliances
  • Kitchen and bath
  • Electronics—telecom, home entertainment, computers, etc.
  • Lighting
  • Toys
  • Jewelry, timepieces. awards, trophies and luxury goods


  • Residential
  • Street furniture and fittings
  • Office/Work


  • Carbon-lowering and environmental
  • EcoDesign
  • Sustainability


  • Frugal design and design for the other 90%
  • World-changing
  • The policies, systems and services needed to design a sustainable existence


  • Medical devices and related equipment
  • Heath and welfare
  • Facilities and infrastructure