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About GDA

The 40th anniversary of HKDA Global Design Awards (HKDA GDA) would significantly trigger a turning point to becoming “the brand” for excellent global designs. This version is also ready to unveil a remarkable page for the design history of Hong Kong.

HKDA GDA has been one of the most established multi-disciplinary design competition in the Asia-Pacific region organized by HKDA since 1975. It is not simply a design competition to honour global design excellence, but also acts as an engine to energise a series of events as a yearlong campaign that aims to promote Hong Kong designs internationally and to enhance Hong Kong as one of the major creative hubs in Asia-Pacific.

MILESTONES

  • 1975Firstly established
  • 1980Became a biennial event HKDA Awards
  • 2011Revamped to become the HKDA Global Design Awards
  • 2013Attracted over 2,000 entries from approximately 40 countries
  • 2016Celebrate the 40th anniversary of HKDA GDA

About DNA

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of HKDA Global Design Awards (HKDA GDA), a brand new Design NextGen Awards (DNA) for students will be launched to nurture the young design generation. The objectives of the DNA are to cultivate appreciation and enthusiasm of art for a synthesis of art, business, culture and design, and at the same time, enrich customer experience by enhancing touch points with the narration of global creativity. HKDA and partners join hands to call for talents to submit portfolios with the theme “the Next Design”.

Awards

AWARDS FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS

GLOBAL DESIGN AWARDS (GDA)

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Excellence
  • Judge’s Choice
  • Hong Kong Best

AWARDS FOR DESIGN STUDENTS

DESIGN NEXTGEN AWARDS (DNA)

  • Full-Brain Innovator (FBI)
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Excellence
  • Best Design Educator

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Judging


GLOBAL DESIGN AWARDS (GDA)

Judging Panel

World-Class Panel of Judges

DIGITAL

GRAPHICS

PRODUCTS

SPATIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL

Judging Criteria

Terms & Conditions

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DESIGN NEXTGEN AWARDS (DNA)

DNA 2016

1st Round Judging: 20 Finalists are selected by Judging Panel composed of SEVEN (7) local design masters and relevant celebrities.

2nd Round Judging: the 20 Finalists are invited to attend an elevator pitch in which they have to present their designs to the judging panel. FIVE (5) out of TEN (10) are selected as awardees for Full-Brain Innovator (FBI), Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Excellence Awards correspondingly.

Best Design Educator 2016

1st Round Judging: The DNA Finalists will each nominate their own most influential teacher right before the final judging session of DNA.

2nd Round Judging: The teachers of the DNA Awardees will automatically become the Best Design Educators of 2016.

Judging Panel

Judging Criteria

Design Process
Presentation Skills (Verbal & Visual)
Future Plan
Enthusiasm in Design
Vision in Design Career

Terms & Conditions

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Call for Entries


Eligibility & Guidelines

GLOBAL DESIGN AWARDS (GDA)

HKDA warmly invites designer, design’s owner or user of design (client), brand’s owner, its designer or its design consultancy to participate in the HKDA Global Design Awards 2016, without limit of submission.

Please note below the only criteria to apply:
The entry must have actually been produced and (in the case of commercial designs) have become available in any market(s) between 10 November 2013 and 31 January 2016.

DESIGN NEXTGEN AWARDS (DNA)

Any local design students currently enrolled in any post-secondary design programmes registered in Hong Kong, or any recent design graduates who have completed an equivalent design programme as stated above in Hong Kong for less than a year (no earlier than 1 January 2015), are eligible to participate in the Hong Kong Designers Association Design NextGen Awards (HKDA DNA) for students competition.

Local Design Students shall register and submit entry only through the Online Registration System. No physical entry will be accepted.

Design Categories

GLOBAL DESIGN AWARDS (GDA)

Four Design Categories with 41 Sub-Categories

For examples on design categories, please click here

DESIGN NEXTGEN AWARDS (DNA)

Four Design Categories

  • DIGITAL

  • GRAPHICS

  • PRODUCTS (INCL. FASHION)

  • SPATIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL

Submission of Entries

GLOBAL DESIGN AWARDS (GDA)

Please submit the actual design (if any) with the clearly noticeable Entry Label on each package for identification. Entries submitted with missing entry labels will be subject to disposal without further notice.

Digital Format

• Min. no. of Image Files Required: 3 images
• No larger than 5MB
• Longest side at least 2400 pixels
• RGB colour code for JPEG (.jpg) / PNG (.png) [All Awardees shall further submit the same image of CMYK colour code in .tiff format with min. 300 dpi resolution]
• If any websites or applications shall require login actions with usernames, passwords, and/or promotional codes, please provide the specific username and password, OR THREE promotional codes if applicable AND
• Please provide a demonstration video

2D Format (for "Graphics" category only)

• Please deliver the entry by mounting the design / images/ computer print out, or all, on the 2mm-thickness black board of 510mm x 760mm in size; MAX. THREE (3) boards
• Oversized Entry (larger than 510mm x 760mm): Unmounted, rolled and packed in a tube
• Undersized Entry (e.g. logo): Mounting the design vertically on a 2mm-thickness black board of 420mm x 594mm in size
• Postal Deadline for Actual Entries:
By 5:00PM, 15th – 29th February, 2016 (Hong Kong Entrants)
By 5:00PM, 22nd February, 2016 (Non-Hong Kong Entrants)
Postal Address: Unit 216A, InnoCentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Attention to: Global Design Awards Office
Enquiry Email: gda2016.cs@hongkongda.com

3D Format

• Oversized Entry (the longest side over 2.5m):
• The actual entry shall only be delivered on 3rd – 4th March 2016
For any special requests, please contact Global Design Awards Office: gda2016.cs@hongkongda.com

DESIGN NEXTGEN AWARDS (DNA)

Online Entry Requirements

• Each Local Design Student can submit ONE (1) entry only, and each entry shall include:
i. a short description within 500 words,
ii. minimum THREE (3) images and up to TEN (10) images* and
iii. a URL for digital item(s)

* Image File Requirements:
• Format: JPEG (.jpg) / PNG (.png) ONLY
• Resolution (longest side): 2400 pixels or higher
• Colour Mode: RGB
• Max. Size: 5 MB each

Important Dates

GLOBAL DESIGN AWARDS (GDA)

Early Bird Registration
until 31 December 2015
Regular Registration
until 20 February 2016
Submission of Entries
until 20 February 2016
Judging Session
5—6 March 2016
Awards / Opening Ceremony
15 July 2016
Awards Exhibition
15—24 July 2016
Publication
July 2016

DESIGN NEXTGEN AWARDS (DNA)

Deadline for Online Submission
20 March 2016
DNA Briefing @ IDT Expo
3-5 December 2015
Judging Session
7-8 April 2016
Awards Ceremony
22 June 2016
Seminar / Workshop @ K11
24/25 June, 1/2 July 2016
Exhibition
22 June - 5 July 2016
Publication
July 2016

Local Design Students can submit their entry via the Online Registration System from 1 December 2015 to 20 March 2016. It is the Local Design Students’ responsibilities to upload their own design work to the Online Registration System on time. No late entries will be accepted for all categories.

Fees (Applicable to HKDA GDA Entrants ONLY)

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FAQ

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Resources


GDA 2016 Webpage Plain Text Version

GDA 2016 Press Release

GDA 2016 Judges' Bio

Past GDA

GDA 2013

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