Be a winner

Information for entrants

Entries for the 2022 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards are now closed. Entrants will be notified in March 2022 if they have been successful. You can view the shortlist here.

The 2023 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards entry pack will be available in Summer 2022. In the meantime, you can reference the 2022 entry pack for details on how to prepare a submission. Email if you have any questions. 

Dates to note

June – November 2021
Book your entry scoping and consultation calls with a member of the DBA team. We're here to support you through the entry process, from thinking through what might make a good case to submit, to discussing working drafts. Download the entry pack to find out more or email with any questions and book your slot.

15 October 2021
£50 consultation discount: Book and complete your draft entry consultation by 5pm GMT, 15 October 2021 to save £50+vat on your entry fee.

5 November 2021
Final entry deadline: Submit your entry online at: by 5pm GMT, 5 November 2021. This deadline will not be extended.

January - March 2022
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards judging

March 2022
Shortlist announced - the DBA will contact entrants with news.

30 June 2022, 12:00 - 13:30
DBA Design Effectiveness Online Awards Ceremony, book your place here.

Winning a DBA Design Effectiveness Award

The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards celebrate and prove how powerful partnerships between clients and designers can be. We jointly award both parties, and a win will:

Rigorously judged by a senior panel of client level judges, a win provides independent, authoritative and unquestionable recognition of the impact of your work in the real world.

These awards reward the significant value you can add to any business and demonstrate your ability to deliver effective design. Persuasively and powerfully demonstrate your ability to deliver competitive advantage through design, setting you apart and driving new business opportunities.

Powerfully articulate the case for design investment at board level, maintaining and growing budgets.

Winners are included in a global PR campaign targeting business, consumer and design publications. Position your company or department as a design leader, increase exposure and prestige with clients, colleagues, suppliers and the media.

Boost and motivate your team morale and attract the right people as you grow.

Winning a DBA Design Effectiveness Award aligns you with an elite group of businesses whose capability to deliver results through design is irrefutably proven. Leverage a unique winner’s logo across your communications as the marque to demonstrate the tangible returns you’ve delivered and display a trophy proudly within your offices. Your work will be displayed on and enabling you to globally profile your work in detail and demonstrate the scale of impact you’ve delivered.

Benefits of winning aside, entering these Awards will bring a discipline to your team that will enable you to continuously measure, track and prove the impact of your work to your clients. The DBA can support you (see page 08 of the entry pack) to develop the skills and techniques that will embed effectiveness practices and processes in your everyday work. 




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