Awards 2020

Where Innovation Meets Social Responsibility



Not just another design competition. The San Francisco Design Week Awards is an international design competition seeking to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works can contribute towards a positive future for society. San Francisco Design Week is the premier gathering of the world’s most active design community. Entries for the prestigious San Francisco Design Week Awards will be judged by a jury composed of leading Bay Area design professionals; those selected will be showcased and have a permanent presence on the SF Design Week Awards website. For more than 13 years San Francisco Design Week has provided design professionals with the opportunity to grow their networks, enhance their visibility, find investors for future products that are shaping the future and build their careers. We welcome applicants from across the entire range of design industries.



Catherine Kwong, Principal
Catherine Kwong Design

Irina Blok, Product Design Lead AI/Research Team

Noah Richardson, Design Director

Leah King, Senior XD Visual Designer

Stan Rapp, Design Manager
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Maurice Woods, Principal Designer & Founer/Executive Director
Microsoft & inneract project

Takashi Yanai, FAIA Partner & Residential Studio Director
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney architects

Diane Dorrans Saeks, Interior Design/Lifestyle Author and Influencer
the style saloniste

Benefits include:

  • You will be judged by a jury composed of leaders in the design community!
  • Use of official San Francisco Design Awards medallion for your marketing materials
  • Your product will be on display at the San Francisco Design Week Opening
  • Awards will be announced to the press during SF Design Week/li>
  • San Francisco Design Week Awards certificate or glass award to display in your studio
  • Recognition and attention from the press and media through our press release announcements and social media
  • Inclusion on the permanent online showcase for honorees


Awards Categories


A variety of external physical ecosystems that influence, inspire and initiate our growth and behavior within residential, commercial and altruistic or non-profit environments.


Sonic breakthroughs that make waves in the sounds we produce and the ways we communicate.


Developments in how life is expressed and explained both around and within us.

Communication Design

Groundbreaking approaches to visual and 2D design that push the boundaries of the maxim, “the medium is the message.”

Civic Design

Well-designed public spaces that focus on the common good and of benefit to communities, creating confidence in local institutions and address local priorities and or projects that transform culture within city halls and government orgs benefitting the residents who live in the community.

Future of Foods

Culinary innovations improving the manner in which we grow, consume and dispose of what we eat.


Wearables reshaping how we connect with the world and define ourselves.


Products that are shifting our definitions of and interactions with money.

Interior Design

A variety of internal physical ecosystems that influence, inspire and initiate our growth and behavior within residential, office, commercial, restaurant or hospitality environments.

Internet of Things

IOT products and trends that rewire our most entrenched routines.

Travel & Hospitality

Products and services that change the way we explore the world.

Urban Mobility

Innovations that help move people around cities faster, happier and more efficiently.


Explorations that mine the exciting potential of rapidly evolving AR and VR platforms to transport us to new worlds.

Wild Card

The unexpected and experimental products that can’t be put into a category.


General Pricing

Early Bird Application Fee EXTENDED until May 31st

  • For-profit $249
  • Non-profit $125
  • Educator/full-time student $75
  • General Application Fee

  • For-profit $289
  • Non-profit $145
  • Educator/full-time student $99
  • Criteria

    • Impact – Design that represents a substantial shift in the way a particular process is created, executed, perceived or experienced.
    • Singularity – Products and ideas that go above and beyond contemporaneous work being done within distinct fields of design.
    • Inclusiveness – Work that empowers those previously underrepresented in the design community and emboldens social mobility at all levels.
    • Social Responsibility – Design that offers solutions for people with needlessly insurmountable barriers to entry in all walks of life.
    • Ease of Use – Design that can be easily understood and applied by the end user.
    • Visual Appeal – Projects, ideas and processes that not only solve problems, but do so with aesthetics that accentuate and elevate the experience start to finish.
    • Feasibility – Design that can be sensibly funded, implemented, and embraced.


    • The San Francisco Design Week Awards are open to all types of design work. This includes, but is not limited to, tech products, architecture, fashion, industrial design, urban planning, gaming, advertising, interior design, service design, UX, visual and graphic design, interactive installations, virtual and augmented reality, and instructional products.
    • Each submission will be judged pertaining to the criteria listed above.
    • Each submission must clearly identify the design category by which they wish to be judged.
    • The entrant or submitted work must demonstrate either an intrinsic connection to the design community or offer a vision that can improve the lives of the people within their community.

    For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions.

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