DesignPhiladelphia 'Best in Design'

2018 Best In Design Lia Diagnostics Winner, photo by Joe Kaczmarek
DesignPhiladelphia 'Best in Design'

DesignPhiladelphia 'Best in Design'

Learn More + Register Now

Support our Best in Design challenge with your donation of any amount

The Center's annual DesignPhiladelphia “Best in Design” challenge asks regional designers and design firms to submit innovative, high quality products or design solutions that make life better. We are looking to support designers and companies that are ready to grow and promote products that reflect the business’s scalability.

The “Best in Design” challenge is looking to propel Philadelphia’s best design businesses/designers forward by providing robust local and international exposure. Finalists will exhibit work at the DesignPhiladelphia Festival. The winning design will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000. All finalists will be promoted through DesignPhiladelphia's sizeable press outreach and gain exposure to a loyal audience of design enthusiasts and aficionados.

The challenge is not limited to physical products, but all designs should have an interesting visual element that can be displayed. Examples of designs include: home products, digital products, furniture, medical devices, wearables, lighting, building materials, architectural details or process, and the list goes on.

Winner’s Prizes:

  • $5,000 cash prize 
  • Featured display at the DesignPhiladelphia FestivalHub
  • Featured on the DesignPhiladelphia website
  • Featured in DesignPhiladelphia blog posts and social media
  • Featured in Festival press outreach
  • $1,000 stipend to attend another design festival to exhibit your work (we have partnerships with most design festivals across the country and internationally. We will work with the winner(s) to select the best fit and negotiate exhibition of their work at another festival.)

What does it cost to apply? Nothing! It is FREE to apply. Finalists will be required to exhibit their selected design during DesignPhiladelphia and are responsible for the production of their own display. Once selected, Center for Architecture and Design staff will coordinate logistics of the exhibition.

You should apply if you are…

  • local to the Greater Philadelphia region (Philadelphia + 5 surrounding counties)
  • creating products or design solutions that have the capacity to scale in production
  • within the first 10 years for your professional design career
  • designing innovative, original, products or solutions