Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions for the SF Design Awards

To merit consideration as a Qualified Entry, the Work must meet all of the following criteria

Entry Requirements:

Entrant categories:

Entrant categories are based on pricing tiers and will be judged according to the following:

  • Student Entrant: Student Category
  • Educator Entrant: Professional Category
  • Professional Entrant: Professional Category

Professional Categories are for client work/products/services. Concepts or Student Projects not completed for a client or in a work for hire environment and will not be accepted in the Professional Category and will be disqualified.

Submitting your Project for the Awards:

The Work must be submitted through our official online system. Entries will NOT be accepted via physical or email delivery.

  • You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline. No exceptions.
  • All submissions must be designed by the Entrant or belong to a team in which Entrant is the lead. By entering the Show, the Entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted work is the work designed by the Entrant, that the work does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the work. Entries that are accepted for the show that contain brand names, trademarks or company logos require permission from the company to exhibit.
  • Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details and mailing address. This info will be used to request hi-res images for recipients of the Award.
  • You can enter your project into more than one category which will be regarded as a new entry.
  • You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required.
  • Entry fees may be paid by credit card only via PayPal and must be paid online at time of completing submissions. If your submissions have not been paid for at close of entry your submission will be disqualified.
  • We reserve the right to allow Judges to change your product Category if they feel it is better represented.
  • We reserve the right to cancel, modify or suspend SF Design Awards and associated designations for any causes beyond the control of SFDW that impact the effective administration, proper conduct, or integrity of the SF Design Awards. If this type of event should occur, SFDW will post notice as soon as possible on the SF Design Week website.


The Work must not be inappropriate, libelous or defamatory, harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, excessively violent, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or offensive, obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit.

The work must not involve physical harm to any person or animal. The work may not use any watermarks or artist signatures.


No refunds will be given for any application that has already been entered. If you have any concerns regarding our fees and/or the application, please contact awards@sfdesignweek.org PRIOR to entering this application. Absolutely no refunds will be granted.


Entering this application does not guarantee selection as a finalist or winner.

Entrant fee includes a free certificate and digital medallion for recipients. Alternate options available for an additional fee:



 PDF of Award for self printing and framing plus digital medallion



 Printed Award with frame, includes shipping to your office (some locations excluded or require additional shipping fee), plus digital medallion



 Glass Engraved Award, includes shipping to your choice of address in the United States. International Shipping is additional based on location. You will also receive a digital medallion

Security and Liability:

I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless SFDW, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, and employees from any and all responsibility or liability arising out of or in connection with: (a) any breach of my representations or warranties contained herein; and (b) my violation of these Terms and Conditions and any guidelines, policies and terms prescribed by SFDW.

Intellectual Property And License:

All works submitted will remain the exclusive property of the Entrant. SFDW will have the right to use all of the Works submitted as part of the Awards, and all images depicted therein, in any promotion or for any non-commercial purpose. By submitting the Work, the Entrant grants SFDW the non-exclusive, unlimited and royalty-free rights to publish in all media now known or hereafter discovered, and publicly display all Work as Recipients of the Award for an unlimited period and worldwide.

I consent to San Francisco Design Week’s use of my name, likeness, and similar characteristics for the purpose of advertising, selling, or otherwise promoting SFDW. I understand and agree that there will be no financial or other monetary compensation for such use.

San Francisco Design Week Awards will be governed by, and these Terms and Conditions will be interpreted by and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles.

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