So Good Design Awards

Since 2012, RGD has invited submissions of graphic design projects from around the world done under the theme of communication design for social good; work with the power to incite action and make meaningful change in the way we live our lives.


Submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges and selected for inclusion in an annual 'So(cial) Good Design Awards' catalogue and exhibit. Winners also receive an official Award and are recognized on this page of our site as part of the online archive of SoGood Design Award Winners:


For-Profit Projects

Any communications-based projects where a for-profit company is the client, either where the client has a social mission built into their business model or where a business-driven client develops or funds an initiative for social good. This might include an identity for an organic farm, a website funded by an energy company to reduce energy use; a package design for a soft drink company that raises funds for a charity.


Not for Profit Projects

Any communications-based projects where a not-for-profit and/or charity is the client. Some examples might be a print-based membership drive for a museum or Association; a non-profit organization’s new brand identity; a website to support an organization’s fundraising.


Government-Initiated Projects

Any communications-based projects where a government department, governmental agency or crown corporation is the client. The design team/designer may work internally or externally to the client. Some examples might be a poster campaign to help prevent the flu by a health unit; a visual identity system for a government program or a strategic plan for a municipality.


Designer Driven Projects

Work where no client is involved but that where designers identify causes they would like to raise awareness for or where they identify solutions to societal challenges. This might include a poster design to raise awareness; a website for a petition to demonstrate support of an issue; a communications-based solution to change behaviour.


For information on our most recent So(cial) Good Design Awards program, including the call for entries, judges, category requirements and recognition, click here.


*Note that the Social Good Design Awards will return in 2018!