About ADR

Since 1954, the Annual Design Review has recognized the best in product, furniture, graphic, and environment design. It’s one of the most prestigious competitions in the industry.

2011 Schedule
November 1: All entries due
November: Judging
December: Winners notified
January 2012: Winners published online
Exhibit of Winners: 2012 in New York

The Awards
In each of the 10 categories, there will be one Best of Category winner along with groups of Design Distinction and Honorable Mention winners. All winners will be published on this website and appear in the Annual Design Review exhibit in New York. Top winners also have the chance to be featured on the Behance Team Blog.

Judging Process
We’ve assembled a jury of distinguished design practitioners for this year’s competition. A pair of judges will choose the winners in each category. Unlike other competitions, we don’t give jurors a set number of winning spots to fill. Instead judges curate a selection of winners from submitted projects and create a clear survey of the state of design.

The Categories
CONSUMER PRODUCTS: Appliances, housewares, electronics, sports or recreational products, wearables/fashion, toys, mobile devices, musical instruments, computers, etc.

FURNITURE: Furniture and lighting for residential, commercial or industrial use, indoor or outdoor: chairs, tables, sofas, room dividers, concepts, office systems, cabinets, modular systems, custom work, floor lighting, ceiling lighting, etc.

GRAPHICS: Books, magazines, typefaces, posters, advertisements, T-shirts, CD/DVD covers/inserts, stationery, logos/identity programs, annual reports, fliers, invitations, billboards, signage, film titles, and motion graphics.

PACKAGING: Graphic and structural packaging for retail, wholesale, promotional, and industrial use, including containers, boxes, bags, bottles, tubes, labels, and book/CD/DVD packages.

ENVIRONMENTS: Architectural projects, interiors, commercial/retail environments, temporary or permanent exhibits or galleries, way-finding systems, landscape design, and public open spaces.

EQUIPMENT: Business, medical, industrial, military, and scientific products; instruments, apparatuses, and computers for commercial use; and mass-transit vehicles.

INTERACTIVE: Websites, widgets, viral marketing and promotions, mobile apps, interactive installations and kiosks, software, video games, robotics, and mapping applications. Note: All motion graphics should be submitted to the Graphics category.

CONCEPTS: All entrants to this year’s Concepts category must address the following brief: Any products not yet manufactured that explore the possibilities of design or technology.

TRANSPORTATION: Devices and systems for personal or collective use: cars, planes, boats, bicycles, skateboards, buses, subways and rail systems, transportation hubs and other forms of transportation infrastructure.

STUDENT WORK: All student design work, undergraduate or graduate, in the areas of industrial design, graphic design, interactive design, architecture, interiors, and fashion.

How to Enter
All entries must be submitted online.
If you’re chosen as a winner, some of the images and credit information you submit here will be published in the online winners’ gallery. You may enter up to 10 images per entry.

Work must have been created between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011. Student work must be the result of a classroom/academic assignment completed during the 2010/2011 academic year. Students may be asked to provide a copy of an official student I.D. from that year.

Entry Fees
Professional Entry: $100
Student Entry: $40

Entry Instructions
1. Fill out the online Entry Form completely. The credit information will be reproduced exactly as submitted if you are selected as a winner.

2. Credit all persons involved in the creation of the piece. I.D. isn’t responsible for incorrect, illegible or incomplete credit information.

3. Submit up to 10 digital images for each entry. One or more of them will be used online if you’re chosen as a winner. Suggested formats include: pdf, png, jpg, gif, tif, bmp, mov, swf, mpg.

Payment Information
Fees may be paid using a credit card, check or money order. Make checks payable (in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank) to F+W Media, Inc. Payment must accompany entries. Entries received without payment will be disqualified. Entry fees are non-refundable.

The Fine Print
Entrants grant I.D. the right to reproduce images of their work on I.D.’s website and in other digital and printed materials. I.D. assumes all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. I.D. is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in copyright disputes.

Contact us at 715-445-4612 x13430 or IDcompetitions@fwmedia.com.