HOW International Design Awards

Deadline: August 14, 2015

HOW International Design Awards recognizes excellence on a global scale. Our international design competition is the only competition that prominently recognizes winners in its award-winning magazine – HOW Magazine. The Best of Show Winner and Outstanding Achievement winners are featured in an issue with an in-depth article that showcases the award-winning designs and designers alike. Winners span the globe and give readers of HOW magazine a taste of design innovation on an international design scale.

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  • BEST OF SHOW Winner scores a free trip to HOW DESIGN LIVE 2016 (includes: round-trip airfare, hotel and conference registration), plus an award to be presented at the conference.
  • BEST OF SHOW Winner will enjoy a 2-page spread in the Spring Issue of HOW.
  • All Winners (Best of Show, Outstanding Achievement and Merit Winners) will see their work in HOW’s Spring 2016 issue.
  • All Outstanding Achievement and Merit Winners will receive a $100 discount on any HOW Design Live 2016 registration.
  • All Winners will be announced in a feature article on and featured in its online gallery.
  • All Winners will be formally announced in the HOW eNewsletter.
  • All Winners will be announced via social media.
  • All Winners will be featured on Pinterest throughout the year.
  • All Winners will receive an exclusive Digital Seal to be used to promote your win.
  • All Winners will receive a press release template for use in promoting your win.
  • All winners will receive a complimentary copy of the Spring 2016 issue of HOW.
  • ALL ENTRANTS will receive access to a FREE Webinar.

HOW will notify the winners by October 31 2015, after judging is complete.



  • Posters
  • Packaging (consumer goods)
  • 3D Objects (t-shirts, tote bags, calendars, etc.)
  • Invitations/announcements/greeting cards
  • Identity (logos/ letterhead/business cards)
  • Editorial (single article or entire publication/book)
  • Covers & Jackets
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Annual reports/brochures/catalogs/direct mail
  • Infographics
  • Advertising (interactive or printed)
  • Signage/Environmental Graphics
  • Apps/Tablet Design
  • Kiosks/Interactive Exhibits
  • Video (commericals, short films, viral video, educational/instructional, motion graphics)
  • Web & Blog Design
  • Miscellaneous (style guides, complex promos, etc.)
  • Student Work

How to Enter

  • Entries may be entered online or offline using the downloadable entry form.
  • You may submit up to 5 images per entry (5 MB per file).File formats: *.gif;*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.png;*.pdf;*.mov;*.avi;*.mp4;*.wma.
  • Credit all persons involved in the creation of the piece. HOW isn’t responsible for incorrect, illegible or incomplete credit information.
  • Release date of submission must fall between September 1, 2014 and this competition’s final deadline.
  • Describe the objective and results of your entry in 100 words or less and include the description on the entry form.
  • For more information including project delivery methods see Preparing You Entry.

We accept all major credit cards or you may pay with a check or money order. Make checks payable (in U.S. funds) to F+W Media, Inc. and send to the address below. Entries received without payment will be disqualified. Entry fees are nonrefundable. One check may be used to cover multiple entries. -See Pricing and Deadlines

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HOW International Design Awards-Payment Center
10151 Carver Road, Suite 200
Blue Ash, OH 45242 USA

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