Where Innovation Meets Social Responsibility

Not just another design competition. San Francisco Design Week is the premier gathering of the world’s most active design community. Over the course of 8 event-filled days you will mingle with your peers, your clients, and the regional, national, and international press. Entries for the prestigious SFDW Awards will be judged by a jury composed of leading Bay Are design professionals; those selected will be displayed at the opening night Design Hub and have a permanent presence on the SFDW Awards website. For more than 12 years San Francisco Design Week has provided design professionals with the opportunity to grow their networks, enhance their visibility, find investors for future products that are shaping the future and build their careers. We welcome applicants from across the entire range of design.
 

Benefits include:

  • You will be judged by a jury composed of Diane Dorrans Saeks, influencer, author, editor and teacher, Barry Katz, CCA, IDEO Fellow, Stanford University, Ravi Naidoo, founder of Design Indaba, JD Beltran, Designer, Artist, Filmmaker, Writer, Educator, and Public Art Administrator as well as design leaders from Airbnb, Butchershop Creative, M Moser Associates, Mucho, Pinterest and more!
  • Use of official San Francisco Design Awards medallion for your marketing materials
  • Your product will be on display at the San Francisco Design Week Opening Night Awards Exhibit.
  • San Francisco Design Week Awards certificate or glass award to display in your studio
  • Recognition and attention from the press and media through our press release announcements and social media
  • Inclusion on the permanent online showcase for honorees

  • Awards Categories

    Architecture

    A variety of external physical ecosystems that influence, inspire and initiate our growth and behavior within residential, commercial and altruistic or non-profit environments.

    Audio/Voice

    Sonic breakthroughs that make waves in the sounds we produce and the ways we communicate.

    BioTech

    Developments in how life is expressed and explained both around and within us.

    Communication Design

    Groundbreaking approaches to visual and 2D design that push the boundaries of the maxim, “the medium is the message.”

    Future of Foods

    Culinary innovations improving the manner in which we grow, consume, and dispose of what we eat.

    FashTech

    Wearables reshaping how we connect with the world and define ourselves.

    FinTech

    Products that are shifting our definitions of and interactions with money.

    Interior Design

    A variety of internal physical ecosystems that influence, inspire and initiate our growth and behavior within residential, office, commercial, restaurant or hospitality environments.

    Internet of Things

    IOT products and trends that rewire our most entrenched routines.

    Travel & Hospitality

    Products and services that change the way we explore the world.

    Urban Mobility

    Innovations that help move people around cities faster, happier and more efficiently.

    VirtualTech

    Explorations that mine the exciting potential of rapidly evolving AR and VR platforms to transport us to new worlds.

    Wild Card

    The unexpected and experimental products that can’t be put into a category.

    Fees

    General Pricing

    $195 (For-profit)
    $100 (Non-profit)
    $50 (Educator or full-time student)

    Criteria

    • Impact – Design that represents a substantial shift in the way a particular process is created, executed, perceived or experienced.
    • Singularity – Products and ideas that go above and beyond contemporaneous work being done within distinct fields of design.
    • Inclusiveness – Work that empowers those previously underrepresented in the design community and emboldens social mobility at all levels.
    • Social Responsibility – Design that offers solutions for people with needlessly insurmountable barriers to entry in all walks of life.
    • Ease of Use – Design that can be easily understood and applied by the end user.
    • Visual Appeal – Projects, ideas and processes that not only solve problems, but do so with aesthetics that accentuate and elevate the experience start to finish.
    • Feasibility – Design that can be sensibly funded, implemented, and embraced.

    Eligibility

    • The San Francisco Design Week Awards are open to all types of design work. This includes, but is not limited to, tech products, architecture, fashion, industrial design, urban planning, gaming, advertising, interior design, service design, UX, visual and graphic design, interactive installations, virtual and augmented reality, and instructional products.
    • Each submission will be judged pertaining to the criteria listed above.
    • Each submission must clearly identify the design category by which they wish to be judged.
    • The entrant or submitted work must demonstrate either an intrinsic connection to the design community or offer a vision that can improve the lives of the people within their community.

    For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions.