The Drum Design Awards exclusively recognise great design being produced by agencies globally and give you an opportunity to see your best design work rewarded.

Background

The face of the industry is changing but The Drum still firmly believe the core disciplines that have made the profession what it is today are more relevant now than ever before. As the market changes, new challenges may have emerged but the creative skills such as problem solving, art direction, strategic thinking and great execution are just as important in this new economy.

So rather than retreating from this sector, The Drum is investing. This award scheme also gives you the chance to see the industry's very best work in print, as we are still very much committed to our print magazine.

The Drum Design Awards are not only a celebration of great work but also serves as a reminder that the design industry’s best days still lie ahead!

Benefits of entering

The benefits of entering The Drum Awards 

Motivation
Picking up an award proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives teams and individuals the energy to keep pushing boundaries for another year.

Relationship building
It’s good to be reminded of why you work with great partners. Having the collaboration recognised by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you all come along to the awards night to
celebrate and pick up the trophy together.

Recruitment
If you’re picking up awards, you can also pick up the interest of new talent. You can expect smart people to be knocking at your door to see if you have a desk for them.

PR
There’s no better way of getting publicity than for being excellent. The Drum covers the winners of the awards online and in print. With over 1 million unique visitors and over 200,000
social followers, that’s no small deal. We recommend that you use an award win for further PR opportunities too. If you achieve something this special, you really should make a noise about it
and bang your own drum.

Knees up
Of course, what some might consider the most important part, is the awards show and our award shows are legendary. They’re a great opportunity to reward your staff and let your hair down.
And an added bonus 

Business development
Your customers and peers are always on the look-out for examples of best practice, the best work and the best people. A few extra trophies will give you a real advantage when you’re
growing your business.

Who should enter?

The awards are open globally to all design consultancies, advertising agencies, digital agencies, creative agencies, media owners, in house teams, freelancers or clients who work within the design discipline.

How to enter

All entries require an online submission to be made, please see below for instructions on how to do this.  In addition to the online submission, most categories will require physical examples of work to be sent in, please check the Submission Formats section below for details on the requirements for each category.

Online Submission Instructions:

  • Register or login to the website: www.thedrumdesignawards.com
  • Once you are signed in to your online account click on your ‘dashboard’ tab and select or add your company.
  • You may add your entry and complete the submission details as indicated.
  • Decide on all relevant categories for the work you would like to enter.
  • Select the category you are entering from the drop down menu.
  • Add a short description of no more than 60 words as an overview of the project. In the event your entry is nominated, this text will be used on the website.
  • You are also able to acknowledge another agency if the work has been jointly created.
  • You will be promoted to provide an Entry Summary. This is to give the judges some information on the project's objectives, strategy and results. The Entry Summary template can be downloaded here. Please note that the Entry Summary should also be attached to the back of physical submissions (if required - see: Submission Formats below)
  • Upload hi-res images of your work (this is important as these images are shown online and during the show if nominated) and any supporting YouTube or Vimeo video URLs.
  • In the event of your entry being nominated, images, videos and the 60 word description will be live on the website. Please note: At least one image must be uploaded (total file limit 10MB. Accept jpg, gif or png files). The first image will be used in listings of entries and on the night of the ceremony in the presentation.
  • You can review your entries by returning to your dashboard.
  • Please note: You will only receive the 2nd entry rate discount if you enter all your submissions at one. Otherwise you will be charged the full amount each time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are all complete.
  • Once you are ready, ‘submit and pay’ and proceed to the payment section of the website.         
  • Once online payment has been received, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address that you registered with and receipt will be sent to your accounts department.

Once you have completed the online submission, please post your physical submissions to: Christine White, The Drum Design Awards, 4th Floor, Mercat Building, 26 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G1 5AB.

 

Submission formats

All entries require an online submission to be made, please see the 'How to enter' above for instructions on how to do this.  In addition to the online submission, most categories will require physical examples of work to be sent in, below are the details on the requirements for each category.

Brand Identity Design

  • Physical submissions required for graphic. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.
  • For digital, please submit at least 3 images and any relevant links online.

Print Design

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Packaging Design: Graphic

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards AND a sample of the packaging.

Packaging Design: 3D

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards AND a sample of the packaging.

Physical Product Design

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards AND a sample of the product.

Point of Sale Design

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Poster Design

  • Physical submissions required for graphic. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards and a sample poster.
  • For digital, please submit at least 3 images and any relevant links online.

Editorial Design

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Website Design

  • Physical submissions not required. Please provide links when completing the online entry.

Mobile/App Design

  • Physical submissions not required. Please provide links when completing the online entry.

Moving Imagery Design

  • Physical submissions not required. Please provide YouTube or Vimeo links when completing the online entry.

Retail/Pop-Up Retail Design

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Experiential Design

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Art Direction

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Typography

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Photography

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Illustration

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Writing for Design

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards.

Brand Campaign

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 7 A2 boards/ samples.

Self-Promotion Design

  • Physical submissions required. Please submit up to 3 A2 boards and a sample if applicable.

The judging process

The panel

The judging panel is made up of experts from across the design industry who will use their knowledge and skills to decide who wins the awards.

 
What are the judges looking for?

The Drum Design Awards are about design excellence, which for us is a combination of Craftsmanship, Strategy and Performance. 

Craftsmanship in terms of creative thinking and attention to detail, Strategy in terms of clarity around what needs to be achieved and the role that the design is playing to deliver that and Performance in terms of the impact that the design has had and the results it has achieved.

Overall we will be looking for big ideas, beautifully crafted. And alongside that we will also be looking for innovation in approach and stand-out creativity.

Entry rules

  1. Entries must be received no later than the published deadline date. Entries after this will be subject to an automatic 10% late fee (applied at
    checkout or on invoice).
     
  2.  All submissions must be made online.
     
  3. Do not include password protection or if essential, include passwords for judges to access.
     
  4. All entries must be supplied and conform to the category rules and submission formats. 
     
  5. Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry Multiple entries can be made but separate payment must be made for each. Please note:
    you will ONLY receive the 2nd entry rate if you enter all your submissions at the same time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are complete. Refunds will not be given.
     
  6.  The judging panel will only read and use the entries or reports for the purposes of the judging and are required to sign NDAs.
     
  7.  The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category. The judges also reserve the right to remove categories where entries do not meet the standard for nomination. These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly.
     
  8.  The judges’ decision is final. 
     
  9.  Due to the number of entries received, the awards cannot give feedback on individual entries.
     
  10.  By entering these awards, you give the organisers the right to publish or exhibit screen grabs and/or submitted report. If you wish to upload a modified or less commercially sensitive version for publishing purposes, please do so on  the entry upload form
     
  11. The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant.
     
  12.  All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified

You can see all of our T&Cs  here

Entry fees

Entries are priced at:
£175 +VAT for your first entry and  £99 +VAT for each subsequent entry.

You may enter as many categories as are suitable, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.

Entries received after the 5pm deadline on the 7th March 2019 are subject to a 10% late fee, which will be applied at the online checkout stage.

Corporate and Elite members of The Drum Network receive a 10% discount on entry fees. This will be applied automatically at the checkout stage. For more information go to  www.thedrum.com/network.

Awards Ceremony

The Drum Design Awards is not only an awards presentation but it provides suppliers to the industry with the perfect platform to network with potential clients and those they wish to do business with.

Awards Ceremony - 5 June 2019