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2024 Design Awards



Since 1992 the Design Awards have recognized creative excellence across all streams: corporate identity, editorial, packaging, promotional, motion and interactive design. All work submitted to the 2024 Design Awards competition will be judged by an independent jury from different disciplines, backgrounds, geography, and gender. All jurors are actively working in the Design industry and have been recognized by local and international awards for their outstanding work.

Winning an Applied Arts Design Award can lead to new business, a career shift, and, most importantly, creative recognition across the industry.

For current students, you are ONLY ELIGIBLE to enter the Student Awards Competition where work is judged alongside your peers at a similar level of experience.

Be sure to review the Call for Entry kit and 2024 Categories kit for important information and tips on entering.

2024 Call for Entry Kit 2024 Design Awards Categories Kit

Design Awards Jury

There is no one more critical of the work of designers than designers themselves. Every year, we invite a new jury – from across Canada and beyond – to uphold our benchmark of excellence for the best design work in corporate, editorial, packaging, promotional, typography, digital, and more. Collectively, they have been awarded by every prestigious show you can name. Separately, they have unique backgrounds and levels of experience, lending both fresh perspectives and seasoned eyes to the mix.

Chris Allen
Toronto, ON

Allen is an independent Creative Director and graphic designer with diverse knowledge of graphic applications in visual and brand identity, print & publication design, packaging, web and digital applications. He has worked with world-class brands, individuals and cultural institutions such as Asics, Cinerama Los Angeles, Sheikh Zayed Museum in Abu Dhabi, Mejuri, lululemon, Indigo, Gagosian Gallery, Google, Audi, and Reigning Champ. Prior to going out on his own Chris was a Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design, he was also a founding member of Inventory Magazine.

Amanda Blackwood
St. John's NL

Creativity is at Amanda Blackwood's core, which is one of the reasons she found herself making a life on the east coast in Newfoundland. A place of colour, contrast, and complexity inspires her daily and manifests itself in her work. She is the lead on digital art direction and design for Target, Canada's inaugural Small Agency of the Year. Amanda has a passion for inclusive design and accessibility and has been an integral part of many award wins, including Strategy, Applied Arts, Communication Arts.

Eliane Cadieux
Montreal, QC

As the Co-founder and Chief Creative officer of BESIDE, Eliane is the guardian of the brand's vision. With over a decade of experience in communications and design she spans all facets of creation from print and web to video, objects, interior design, architecture and customer experience. In 2016 she fully embraced the BESIDE adventure alongside Jean-Daniel Petit and Guillaume Leblanc giving life to the first magazine. Over the years with BESIDE she developed a genuine passion for strategy intricately weaving identity not only through visuals and experience but also within projects dedicated to conservation.

Dejan Djuric
Toronto, ON

Dejan is the Design Director at Zulu Alpha Kilo, he has worked on brands such as Bell, Ikea, Mercedes, AAA, Bulk Barn, and Yellow Pages. Previously, as a designer, Dejan was awarded the title of Strategy's #1 Art Director. His work has been recognized at prestigious industry events like the Cannes Lions, the D&ADs, The One Show, LIAs, The ADCC, Strategy, and The Webby's.

Jonathan Herman
Calgary, AB

Jonathan began his career at Pentagram New York. After his time stateside, he returned to Canada where he worked at various design and advertising firms bringing a thoughtful, concept-driven approach to clients large and small. In the time since his return Jonathan has worked on many of Calgary's most notable logos including Cenovus, Phil & Sebastian, Hoopla Donuts, the Calgary Airport Authority, and CIFF. He has been consistently recognized nationally and internationally by many design competitions and publications, including Communication Arts, Clios, D&AD, The One Show, Graphis, AR 100, the London International Awards and Applied Arts.

Marcelo Hong
Toronto, ON

Marcelo is a designer specialized in brand identities, editorial, packaging, and environmental design. His work combines innovative ideas with meticulous craft across a wide range of clients within the corporate, cultural, and non-profit sectors. Marcelo's body of work has been recognized and awarded both nationally and internationally by the Type Directors Club of New York, The One Show, the LIAs, Communication Arts, the Epica Awards, The ADCC, Applied Arts, RGD, and Marketing Awards, among others.

Hayley Lim
Montreal, QC

Hayley Lim is a Senior Art Director and Designer, currently residing in Montreal. Starting her career in advertising, she worked at agencies bleublancrouge, Rethink, Cossette and Ogilvy before moving fully into design at &Walsh and more recently, Baillat Studio. Her work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, the D&AD, Clios, and the ADISQ Awards and was named a Rising Star by The Advertising & Design Club of Canada and a Colourful Finalist by The One Club for Creativity.

Dmytro Lynnyk
Dallas, TX

Dmytro Lynnyk is the Creative Director and inspirer at Linnikov, an international branding agency. With his team, he created a brand for the tallest hotel in the world in Dubai. During his career, he was a laureate and winner of numerous international branding and design competitions. Member of creative communities and clubs of art directors, as well as a judge of international competitions. He also develops the creative industry in the United State, Ukraine and Europe, and by writing scientific articles, publications in books, specialized publications. Speaker of many conferences, congresses, and seminars.

João Magalhães

João is currently based in Amsterdam and working as an ACD (Art) at Studio A, adidas' global in-house agency for all things digital. During his career he has worked with big-name agencies, such as Ogilvy New York and ALMA DDB Miami. He traded in his law school textbooks for a career in design and advertising, and he hasn't looked back since. His philosophy? Dive into projects headfirst with a healthy dose of bravery. That's how he managed to create award-winning work recognized by prestigious entities like Cannes Lions, D&AD, and more.

Mira Moscatel-Gauthier
Quebec, QC

Mira Moscatel-Gauthier is a creative director at lg2 in Quebec City. With more than 15 years of experience, her expertise encompasses a broad range from branding programs to theater posters and packaging. Passionate about the future of young creatives, Mira frequently gives workshops and conferences in local schools. She was also part of multiple design juries and mentorship programs for students. While her work has been recognized by numerous national and international awards and media including Communication Arts, Applied Arts, the ADCC, The Dieline, Marketing Awards, Lüerzer's Archive, Grafika and Créa, she also gained recognition at Cannes and at the London International Awards. Mira's projects led LG2 to win silver at last year's Strategy Design Agency of the Year awards.

Bryony Meyrick
London, UK

Bryony is Partner and Creative Director at Together Design London. Having worked in the London design industry for almost 20 years, Bryony believes simply in big ideas with meticulous craft. From skincare and healthcare to food and drink, projects have included brand worlds, campaigns and packaging designs for Diageo, Fortnum & Mason, Deliciously Ella, Liz Earle, Wimbledon Championships, M&S, D&D London, Museum of London, Walgreens Boots Alliance, RHS and many stamp collections for the Royal Mail. Bryony has won many international awards including the Dieline Rebrand of the Year, D&AD, Design Week, The Drum, FAB and DBA Design Effectiveness.

Kimberley Pereira
Toronto, ON

Kimberley is a Creative director and designer based in Toronto with over a decade of experience in graphic design and branding on diverse projects/clients. She did some stints at renowned agencies such as Leo Burnett, Taxi, NFA and Zulu Alpha Kilo and also freelanced with many agencies. She is currently CD of design at Arrivals + Departures. Her work has been recognized in local and international shows.

Nicola Pringle
Edmonton, AB

Nicola began her career in 2008 at Calder Bateman Communications. Nine years later, after stepping into the role of Creative Director, Nicola had garnered some of the industry's most prestigious awards with her fresh ideas and meticulous attention to detail, including multiple recognitions from Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Marketing Awards, Effie Awards, the CLIOs, and being named by Strategy Magazine as one of Canada's Top 25 Art Directors. She's now a key part of the Storytelling Team at ZGM Modern Marketing Partners where her campaign and brand work continue to inspire and connect audiences with a range of clients such as Alberta Blue Cross, the Government of Alberta, Hockey Diversity Alliance, Pride Tape, The Winspear Centre for Music, Ethical Food Group and more.

Teresa Tam
Toronto, ON

Teresa is an independent Design Director and Designer based in Toronto. She has over 10 years of experience as both a designer and art director, and co-led the award-winning design department at john st. in the late 2010s. Since declaring her own personal Independence Day in early 2021, she has collaborated with agencies such as One Twenty Three West, GUT Agency, We Are Social, Metier Creative, Massive Change, and Joan Agency NYC. Some brands she's enjoyed working on: Lululemon, The Canadian Olympic Committee, Harry Rosen, Tim Horton's, Starbucks, Shopper's Drug Mart, Maybelline, KFC and more!

Olivier Valiquette
Creative Director
Sid Lee
Quebec, QC

Born and raised in Montreal, Olivier's path winds through various design and creative agencies, where he left a mark on a diverse clientele, contributing to the visual stories of brands such as Adidas, Unity, Apple, Cirque du Soleil, and the Montreal Canadiens. His knack for content creation, animation, interior design, UX, and event design reflects a multifaceted approach to the craft. Rooted in a 360-degree mindset of brand experience expression, Olivier passionately tackles challenges with a hyperactive drive for problem solving. A firm believer in purpose-driven brands, he takes pride in crafting brand expressions that resonate authentically across all platforms, embodying the essence of his journey in the industry.

Nancy Wu
Vancouver, BC

Nancy Wu is an award-winning designer and design director specializing in logo design, idea generation, concept and brand development. Nancy has over 30 years of design experience working with creative firms like Rethink, DDB, Will Creative & TAXI and is on faculty as a design instructor at Capilano University. Recognized by Communication Arts, Applied Arts, Lotus Awards, GDC/BC Salazar Awards, HOW Magazine, Identity Magazine, New York Festivals, The ADCC, Uppercase Magazine and GDC/Graphex Awards, her work has appeared in over 70 international design publications and creative blogs. She is a super type nerd and proud of it.

Judging Process

All work is entered digitally and judged digitally. There are no hard copies. Therefore, please read our RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICES, in the 2024 Categories Kit to see how you can help our judges.

The judges are divided into groups, with each viewing a different and random group of entries. Each judge reviews and scores entries separately. Judges do not confer or discuss the work and there is only one round of judging.

Entries are given one total score, based on three criteria only:

  1. Creative merit.
  2. Technical excellence.
  3. Suitability for end use in the category it was submitted to.

NOTE: Entries submitted to the Young Blood categories are judged with the level of experience and/or available resources taken into consideration.


Open internationally to all forms of commissioned, published, unpublished and personal work from professionals and enthusiasts created between March 2023 and March 2024 (but not entries that have been submitted into last year's competition). Only digital entries are accepted for this competition.

Young Blood
For professionals that have graduated within the last five (5) years.

There is a stand-alone awards competition for students studying in a creative arts program at the post-secondary or high school level. Work from any year of study is eligible and may be entered up to one year after graduation. Students are only eligible to enter the Student Awards competition. Visit Student Awards for eligibility and deadlines.

Categories & Entry Fees

Entry fees vary per sub-grouping and category. Please be sure to download the 2024 Design Awards Categories Kit for detailed pricing.

Cause-Related/Social Responsibility Program – NEW
Complete Brand Identity
Complete Rebrand Identity Program
Entire Design Program
Entire Packaging Design Program
Entire Promotional Design Program
Guerrilla Marketing Program
Pro Bono/PSA/Charity Design Program
Small Community/Business Design Program* – NEW

Annual Report
Cause-Related Creative Response
Data Visualization
Environmental Design (Signage, Complete Environment, Experiential/Event)
Brand Identity (Logo design, Rebranded Logo and Applications)
Pro Bono/Public Service/Charity
Small Community/Business Design* – NEW

Book Design
Publication Design

Beverages (Alcohol and Alcohol-Free)
Consumer Products
Retail Applications

Artist/Design Firm Promotions
Point-of-Sale Messaging
Premium/Gift Item
Promotional Collateral
Promotional Messaging

Corporate Application
Digital Application
Environmental/Experiential Application
Motion Application
Packaging Application
Promotional Application


Calligraphy/Hand Lettering

Apps (Desktop, Mobile/Tablet)
Augmented & Virtual Reality
Editorial – Digital Editions
Social/Viral Promotional

Consumer Products
Consumer Services
Entertainment, Art & Tourism
Public Service/Charity
Responsive Design

Educational and explanatory, social media, event or online graphics


*Rates vary by sub-grouping and categories. Refer to the 2024 Design Categories Kit for details.

Entry Material Guidelines

~ All entries are submitted in digital format. Hi-res, final files are to be submitted for judging. These files will be used for publication, if selected as a winner.

~ Multiple-page PDFs are allowed and are recommended over uploading individual JPG or PDF files.

Main Entry Files

Your Main Entry File(s) must clearly show the creative to be judged entry (ideally with no additional graphics) in hi-res format.


SINGLE | 1 File

A single design unit – Such as an annual report, book/publication, multiple-page brochure, package, poster, environmental signage for an event/storefront, website, etc.

SERIES | 3 Files maximum

2 – 3 design units – Such as a family of logos, packages, posters.

CAMPAIGN | 6 files maximum

Up to 6 elements/units from an entire campaign or program to promote an event, brand, product, service or business.

IMPORTANT NOTE RE MULTI-PAGE PDFS: Use a PDF with multiple pages to incorporate any additional images while still adhering to the maximum number of files allowed. For example, the PDF could have several pages that show the image/Illustration in final context, inside pages from a book or multiple views of 3D entries such as packaging, etc. but it only counts as 1 file. This allows you more opportunities to show your work, without going over the file limit.

Case studies are not permitted as your Main Entry File. See below for more info.

Support Files

Support Files are mainly for clarity to assist the judges. They are not for publication (except where noted) and do not count towards the file limitations noted above. Upload these to the "Entry Supporting Materials" sub-section of ENTRY MATERIALS on the entry form.

Please note these important required vs. optional Support Files for certain entries:

~ For non-English entries:  Multiple-page PDFs are allowed and are recommended over uploading individual JPG or PDF files*.English translations of important text (i.e. Entry title, Book Titles, headlines) must be included to ensure they are given full and fair consideration by the entire jury either as a Support File or within a multi-page PDF as your Main Entry File.

~ Case studies: While not recommended (as outcomes are not a criteria for judges in scoring), case studies can be added ONLY as a Support File and should be limited to max. 45 seconds. REMINDER: You must include the actual creative to be judged as your Main Entry File.
~ Explanatory notes for the judges: Although not recommended (except where noted in a category), brief descriptions/explanations of up to 50 words may be added for clarity (or up to 10 seconds for video files).

~ Uploading the same creative: Don't submit the same creative either as a file or URL if it has already been added as the Main Entry File. However, available links to non-static creative are requested in the Winners Information section for publishing in the online Winners Gallery.
~ Entrant information: Do not add a watermark that identifies the entrant on either the Main Entry Files or Support Files/URLs. EXCEPTION self-promotion work is exempt.

Acceptable File formats






Entries are judged online. Here's how to help the judges:

How To Enter

The Entry Form consists of five (5) steps. You will have the option to save your progress during each step of the process.

Create your "MY ENTRIES" Account.

This is your Applied Arts Awards account for all Awards competitions. Once logged in personal account information can be updated, a new entry can be started, copied from an existing one, or edited, and you can pay for all or some entries.

Bookmark for easy access to your account later.

NOTE: If you've entered the Applied Arts Awards previously, please use the email address associated with your account.

All entrants must complete an online entry form in My Entries, regardless of payment method, to be eligible for entry.

View a sample entry

Step 1: Entry Information

Select from one of the Awards competitions, choose a sub-group, category and your entry title.

Step 2: Entry Materials

Entry format: All entries are to be submitted digitally. See ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES section above for detailed specifications and helpful tips.

Step 3: Winners' Information

This section is for publication only and is not visible to the judges. Please review the information carefully. There will only be 48 hours to edit this information after the Winners have been notified.

The "Winner" field is the primary company or individual you want to be credited on the piece (i.e. company name, photographer, illustrator, Young Blood, etc.).

NOTE: In the instance that a team (e.g. AD & writer) worked together (typically for the Young Blood or Student categories), enter only the first individual of the team as in the "Winner" field. The other team member(s) should be added in the CREATIVE CREDITS section. (See Step 4: CREATIVE CREDITS for further explanation on how to enter additional names so that they are properly credited as "Winners").

Optional fields: Phone, email, web address, social handles, and the URL to the winning entry (typically, for websites and motion entries). If these are entered, they will be published beside your winning work.

NOTE: We recommend including the URL as, due to file sizes, we don't upload the MP4 files directly for viewing in the Winners Gallery. They are only used for judging.

Description of Entry: For the purpose of providing a brief creative summary of the project to be published beside your winning entry. The description is limited to a maximum of 500 characters (includes spaces).

NOTE: The "Descriptions of Entry" are for publication use only and are not shown to the judges. If additional clarity is needed for the judges, a description/explanation, it may be added to either your Main Entry file(s) or as a Support File. Please limit it to 50 words or a max 10-second intro for motion.

Step 4: Creative Credits

Credits are a summary of the individual's or companies that have worked on the project.

A credit can be designated with an individual's name or an organization's. A credit role is a job function (e.g. Creative Director, or Production House). Multiple names can be assigned to one credit role (i.e. if you have two Creative Directors, they are counted as only one credit role).

A maximum of 6 creative credit roles will be published in the Annual, however, any/all creative credits you entered will appear in the online Winners Gallery.


Step 5: Certificate information

Winners will receive one certificate for each winning entry. Complete the winning company/individual and/or client you wish to appear on the certificate. The entry title and the category the project won in will automatically be included on the certificate. You will have the opportunity to order additional certificates once winners have been notified.

Next: Finalizing Your Entry
After Step 5, the entry form is complete. Press the "Save" button to return to the "My Entries" dashboard to submit a new entry, copy an existing entry to a new category, or submit payment.

IMPORTANT: A submitted entry is not final and entered in the competition until it's paid for. Entries may be edited until paid. Once payment has been processed, it is final and cannot be modified.

Payment & Refunds

Entry fees vary. Check the categories kit for each Awards competition for entry fees. Some or all of the entries can be paid for at any given time – just select which entries to pay. Once an entry is paid it is officially in the competition and cannot be modified.

Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express (AmEx is for Canadian payments only at this time), or PayPal. US and international entry fees are payable in US funds.

NOTE: For US/International entrants, select PayPal as your Payment type, then click the "Pay with Credit Cards or VISA debit".

We only accept cheque or direct deposit in special circumstances. These cases must be pre-approved. Contact with your request.

If you are entering a piece as both a Single and as part of a Series, ensure there are two separate entries on My Entries - one for the Series and one for the Single.

Entries are non-refundable. In cases of entries submitted to the same category, entrants will have the option to move the entry to another category or enter new work in its place.

Keep a record of your submissions.


All entrants will be notified by mid-April 2024 via email. At that time, you will have only 48 hours to correct or finalize any creative credits and descriptions that may or may not have been completed when entering.

To ensure you don't miss the results notifications, add to your address book.

Award recipients will earn the following recognition of their outstanding work:


  • Order additional certificates for your creative team, client, etc. with an option to order a plaque-mounted certificate.
  • Order additional copies of the Awards Annual at a discounted price.
  • Order a personalized, engraved Awards trophy. This attractive and original Lucite AACE cube is 3.5x3.5x3.5 square inches.

*Additional fees apply

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility FAQ

Can students enter? No. Students may only enter the Student Competition. Go here for categories, eligibility and deadlines for the Student Awards competition.

Can I enter something I entered last year? Not in the same competition, but if it meets the eligibility period for a different competition, then yes.

Can I enter something in multiple Awards competitions? Yes. Each competition has different eligibility periods; please check each competition for eligibility requirements.

Judging FAQ

Will the judges see my descriptions during the judging? Judges do not see the creative descriptions you have entered. These are only for publishing beside your entry if chosen as a winner. If you feel judges need an explanatory note, you may include a brief description as a Support File (no more than 50 words or 10 seconds for broadcast/video).

Categories FAQ

Can I enter a piece in multiple categories? Yes. In your account on the My Entries home page, click "Copy" on any entry you've created. Be sure to change the discipline and/or entry category to the new one you want to submit to.

Which category does my entry belong in? Often the best way to understand a category is to see previous work that won in that category. Check our online winners Gallery for examples. If you still have questions regarding our categories or require assistance in selecting the appropriate category, contact

NOTE: Applied Arts reserves the right to move an entry to another category if we feel it unsuitable or incorrectly categorized.

What is a single, series, and campaign? A single means one piece. Series means you are submitting more than one piece of the same project to a maximum of three. A campaign is up to 9 pieces. NOTE: Exceptions are noted in specific categories. If an entry contains more than the specified images, we will either contact you to split the submission into multiple entries, or choose which ones will be judged, so it's best to stick to the indicated number of pieces.

What is the Young Blood category? Young Blood is a series of categories open only to entrants who have been out of school up to a certain number of years (three for Photography and Illustration, and five for Design and Advertising). As with all categories, they are judged on creative excellence, technical merit and suitability for end use, but the jury also takes into account the level of professional experience. You will be required to specify the name of the Young Blood entrant to qualify.

Entry Material FAQ

At what specs do I need to submit my entry? Refer to ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES section for specifications.

Can I submit a hard copy or disk? No. Only digital uploads are accepted.

The program crashed. Did I lose everything? No. You are saving your work as you go through each section of the entry form. If the program crashes as you are completing a certain section, it may not have been saved in that section.

The file I uploaded won't show me a preview. Why? You may not see the image preview if you haven't followed the specs outlined in ENTRY MATERIAL GUIDELINES. Check your file and re-upload. If you continue to experience difficulties, try clearing your browser history or contact

I uploaded the wrong file. Can I change it? Yes. You can resubmit images at any time until payment is made. Click the "X" beside the appropriate file and re-upload your image.

NOTE: The thumbnail image may not correctly display your new image. If this happens close your browser and log back into "My Entries" for the changes to show. If you continue to experience difficulties, try clearing your browser history or contact

Rights FAQ

Do I need to get the rights of the subjects or material used from external sources in my entry? It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure copyright is not infringed. Upon entry you must grant us the rights to reproduce the image or images for both our online and print publications, so you would most likely need to have these rights in place to protect yourself. Although you do not need to send us a copy of the release forms, we do suggest that you have them. Entrants who request we don't run their winning work because they don't have the rights will not be refunded for their entry. NOTE: Student work is often exempt from copyright rules.

What rights do I retain if my work is chosen? You retain all rights to your images.

My client has revoked the right for me to enter work I've won for. What do I do? We do not issue refunds in these cases, but please contact if you need the entry removed from the Winners' pool.

Payment FAQ

Can I submit more entries after paying? Yes. In My Entries, you will have the opportunity to submit additional entries even if others already entered have been paid. This will simply generate a new confirmation email when you complete your entries with payment.

I want to change something after I've paid. What do I do? Once an entry is paid, you cannot change the category, entry title, entry format, winner's information, description of entry, or creative credits. A paid entry is final, so check it carefully before proceeding to the payment fields. If chosen as a winner, you will be given a small window of time to add or edit information.

Can I get a refund? Entries are non-refundable; costs cover administration, processing and the judging of the entry. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules.

My client has revoked the right for me to enter work I’ve already paid for. What do I do? We do not issue refunds, but contact if you need the entry removed from the judging or winners' pool.

I'm getting error messages when I try to pay. What do I do? If you entered your payment information incorrectly on your first attempt, any subsequent attempts would be declined, even if you change your payment type. Close your browser and log back into My Entries. You should now be able to proceed with payment. If you continue to experience difficulties, contact

Winners FAQ

If I win, what image will you use for reproduction? We will use the image(s) you submitted on entry. In the case of series, complete, campaign or motion, we select a sampling at our discretion from the images/files submitted.


Questions? If you've checked all of the above sections and cannot find the answer to your question, or if you are having difficulty entering, contact


Applied Arts reserves the right to amend these rules throughout the competition. Applied Arts assumes all entries are original and the property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. Applied Arts reserves the rights to publish or exhibit entries for our print or electronic formats, or related promotions. Entries are non-refundable. Costs cover administration, processing, and the judging of the entry. Entries may be moved to a more suitable category, if Applied Arts deems the category chosen unsuitable. All descriptions and credits are subject to be edited for length, clarity and grammar in accordance with the Applied Arts editorial style guide. A submission of entry acknowledges acceptance of these rules.