Entry Categories

Students (Individual/Group)

- Students must be an undergraduate in a registered institution

- Projects or Concepts need to be fresh submissions unless it’s yet to be awarded


- Individual portfolio of 3-5 projects

- Must not be leveraging on any agency but doing design work on their own

- Work done accredited to the company does not qualify

- Previous projects that have been awarded cannot be re-submitted for consideration


- Open to in-house and creative agencies

- Company portfolio of 3-5 projects

- Previous projects that have been awarded cannot be re-submitted for consideration

Entry Disciplines


  1. Branding (includes but not limited to): Corporate identities, logos, stationary, any works that serve as a corporate branding strategy
  2. Visual Communication (includes but not limited to): Catalogues, corporate brochures, editorial design, posters, magazines, newspapers
  3. Digital (includes but not limited to): Games, interactive exhibits, mobile apps, online films/videos, web
  4. User experience (includes but not limited to): Games, interactive exhibits, mobile apps, online films/videos, web



  1. Furniture (includes but not limited to): Beds, bathtubs, cabinets, chairs, coat racks, shelves, sofas, tables, fittings, sanitary ware
  2. Household and Electronics (includes but not limited to): Communication devices, gadgets, home & kitchen appliances, robotics, toys, transportation
  3. Medical equipment (includes but not limited to): Healthcare instruments and equipment, home & kitchen appliances, robotics, transportation
  4. Textile and Fashion (includes but not limited to):  Fashion, apparel and fabric design, textile innovation and application



  1. Architecture (includes but not limited to): Buildings, parks & gardens, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, way-finding, environmental graphic and signage, lighting, urban furniture
  2. Interior (includes but not limited to): Entertainment spaces, F&B spaces, factories, offices, showrooms, residential, retail, warehouses



  1. Projects which feature 2 or more of the stated disciplines

Judging Criteria

What were the key challenges/ concerns that were being addressed before the design creation? What is the value (of project/product completed) or potential value (of design concept) of the project/product?

Tell us how the design gives due consideration to the betterment of the society through economic, societal, environmental, educational or other areas of impact.

How has your product/project transformed and/or improved existing methods or designs to bring about greater effectiveness/efficiency?

How was the project/product designed for its users? Tell us more about your design has met the users’ needs.


For Professionals and Corporate category only

How did you carry out the project? Tell us how the product/project was executed to fulfil the design brief, the quality of the craftsmanship as well as its technical excellence.

Entry Fees

DBCS Members Non-DBCS Members
Students $30 $50
Professionals $200 $300
Corporate $350 $500

For students enrolled in a registered institution, sign up for a free DBCS Student Membership here.

For more information regarding DBCS Individual/Corporate Membership, visit here.

Important Dates

Calls for entries 23 August 2018 – 31 October 2018 (Final extension till 12 November 2018)
Judging Period November 2018
Award Ceremony February/March 2019

Winners Package

1. Copyright use of Singapore Design Award logo
2. SDA Winners e-Directory which will be distributed electronically to winners as well as other agencies locally as well as overseas
3. Listing on our website, linked to other social media platforms where publicity is widely broadcasted
4. Recognition - Exclusive jury screening by internationally renowned design practitioners
5. Awards Presentation Ceremony (more details coming your way!)

Terms & Conditions


  1. All entries submitted as part of the participant’s portfolio (for Professional and Corporate category) must already be completed or realised by the submission deadline, with exception to students and schools for concept-based entries.
  2. Past project submissions to the Singapore Design Awards (SDA) can be considered as part of the entrant’s portfolio.
  3. All works must be paid commission by a client. No non-commissioned works submitted in a free pitch, nor projects for personal communication will be considered. This condition does not apply to students.
  4. Sponsored work for non-profit organisations may be submitted and must be mentioned in the submission.
  5. Joint-project submissions from more than one design firm or practice are eligible for entry.
  6. Conceptual works and projects must be developed by students who are still undergoing professional design studies.
  7. Any work submitted which has not conformed to the proper instructions as mentioned in this Terms & Conditions is deemed ineligible.
  8. Any work submitted without the company of proper and prompt payment is to be deemed as ineligible.
  9. The executive committee in consultation with the international judges reserves the right to reject entries on the grounds of ineligibility if they affect the standards of the awards, potentially mar the reputation of the organisation and its jury, cause any concern on the issue of interests, etc.


Intellectual Property, Rights & Terms of Use

  1. All rights related to the name and trademark of Singapore Design Awards is managed and owned exclusively by Design Business Chamber Singapore.
  2. Any candidate seeking to use the related name and trademark must gain written consent from the DBCS Executive Committee.
  3. Awardees will be allowed to use the relevant Singapore Design Awards logos.
  4. Design companies or designers submitting works for any category must be responsible for their own intellectual property (IP) and patent issues. The organisers take no responsibility for any infringement of IP rights.
  5. All design firms and institutions which submit an entry to the Singapore Design Awards agree to allow the organisers to use any of their submissions and the right to reproduce any work for publicity purposes.
  6. If any press, publications or media networks agree to publicise the awardees, the entrants further agree to absorb talent or other residual charges incurred by inclusion if required.



  1. The judges reserve the right not to confer awards in any category if the entries were found to be below par in terms of reaching the top bandwidth of a category’s score board.
  2. The judges’ decisions are made with their own discretion and are considered final.
  3. All submissions will be evaluated by the same panel of judges from each discipline.
  4. Should the judge be involved in any of the entries submitted, he/she will not be allowed to evaluate the project.