Be a Winner

Design is no longer enough – effective design is what matters.

The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards celebrate design’s ability to profoundly influence the success of businesses, brands, products, places and services: any design can be entered as long as design made a clear contribution to the success of a business or initiative and the results of this can be measured and proven.

As the global leader on design effectiveness, we know that design delivers competitive advantage: it can enable smarter systems and processes, enhance customer service, drive job creation, deliver efficiencies, improve profitability and much more. There are no barriers to the ways in which you can demonstrate the effectiveness of your design and the distinctive entry and judging process in these awards – which sees submissions judged on their own merits rather than pitted against others – enables entrants to evidence the impact of their work in wide ranging ways unique to the nuances and objectives of that particular design.

Want to get a head start on your DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2021 submission?
Entries for the 2021 awards have not opened yet, but if you want to start your submission please refer to the 2020 Call for Entries. Sign up to our mailling list to be the first to know when we launch the new programme.

Dates to note for the 2019/20 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards

Friday 25 October 2019
Entry deadline

December 2019 to February 2020
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards judging.

February 2020
Shortlist announced - DBA will contact all entrants with news.

Tuesday 5 May 2020
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2020 Ceremony and Dinner.

Please note that our timeline is changing for the 2020/21 awards:

Friday 31 July 2020
Entry deadline

September - November 2020
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards judging

October 2020
Shortlist announced

February 2021
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2021 Ceremony and Dinner.

With over 2 million now sold, the Official Raspberry Pi Case has been more successful than we dared hope.  Its affordable beauty embodies the brand, its flexible functionality helps us reach more users, and its commercial success provides a valuable financial contribution to the ongoing work and mission of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.  We were delighted to receive a Design Effectiveness Gold Award as robust third party vindication of our decision to invest in design.
Gordon Hollingworth, Director of Engineering, Raspberry Pi

The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards objectively demonstrate Mars Design team’s value back to the business and give the team time to reflect and celebrate their successes. On top of this, we’re able to continue attracting top talent from the industry.
Bruce Hannant, Global Head of Design, Mars Chocolate