The RGD receives 650+ submissions for our first-ever Branding Awards

The RGD Branding Awards recognize and celebrate the best in branding and identity design and provides an opportunity to designers of all levels to showcase their work and gain industry-wide recognition.


“The RGD plays a vital role in recognizing and amplifying the great work of our design community. The Branding Awards are our most recent extension of that. Branding is one of the most interesting and important projects a designer can take on and the volume and quality of entries for this inaugural event reflects the true significance of brand design in our industry. I am grateful to the RGD for providing a platform for our community to appreciate and celebrate these excellent design projects from across the globe,” offers Kyle Schruder RGD, RGD's Treasurer and contributor to the development of the program.


"I love the way the RGD Branding Awards suggests weighting each submission, with a healthy portion going to the strategy. This ensures it’s not just a beauty contest but that we’re very aware of what the identity needs to do for each project," says Laura Stein RGD, Judge & Chief Creative Officer at Bruce Mau Design

For its debut year, the program received 654 submissions from large and small studios, firms, in-house teams and students from around the world.


Here is a break-down of entries received under each category: 


Integrated Awards

  • Branding Programs — 92
  • Branding Identity, New Brand — 128
  • Branding Identity, Rebrand/Refresh — 200


Element Awards

  • Logo/Wordmark — 65
  • Packaging — 48
  • Environment/Experimental — 30
  • Digital — 25
  • Print — 34
  • Motion — 20
  • Other — 12


We also received submissions from across the globe, including from Australia (4), Brazil (1), China (5), Germany (1), Israel (6), Jamaica (5), Mexico (5), the Netherlands (4), Poland (2), Singapore (3), Tanzania (1), the UK (4), the USA (104) and Vietnam (1). 


The judging has begun. View the list of judges here


All entrants will be informed of the results in late August. The official announcement about the winners will appear in late October in anticipation of the awards ceremony taking place at DesignThinkers Toronto (November 2–3).


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