Award Competition Entry

We are excited to announce the beginning of the 2019 Communication Design Educators Awards season.

The aim of the awards program is to discover and draw attention to new creative work, published research, teaching, and service in our broad and varied discipline. We hope to expand the design record, promote excellence and share knowledge within the field.

Promoting Excellence

Help us support fellow design educators and advance the discipline by sharing this announcement. Encourage your colleagues to help us find the most talented faculty in our field and to recognize their efforts through a peer-review process.

New this year—Nomination

This year we are launching a new initiative—a nomination process. We ask mentors and colleagues to identify outstanding creative work, published research, teaching, and service being done by educators in our field and to nominate these individuals for an award.

How the nomination process work

Beginning from April 15 through July 31, 2019, you are invited to nominate a colleague’s creative work, published research, teaching, and service. Our short online nomination form will automatically notify your colleague that their project has been recommended for an award.

We will also contact the nominee to ensure they have received your recommendation and encourage them to submit their materials. All nominees are offered early submission to the awards allowing them to begin their entries immediately.


We will continue to accept self-nominated entries to the awards. These applicants should submit their materials between June 1 and August 31, 2019. (No form completion needed for self-nomination. Simply enter.)

Important dates

  • April 15–July 31: Nomination Process Opens
  • April 15–August 31: Nominated educators may submit application materials
  • June 1–August 31: Self-nominated educators may submit application materials
  • September 1–30: Jury reviews applications
  • October 10: Award recipients notified
  • October 15: Award recipients announced

Nominate a Colleague’s Work

To nominate a colleague’s work, complete the following form:

Awards Nomination

  • Please give name to project that you nominate for award consideration. If official project name is not known, offer the most descriptive title.
  • Select all categories applicable to this project for award consideration.
  • Please provide a description of the project/work being nominated. Provide links to online works, if possible. (Not required. Nominee will rewrite this description when officially entering the work for consideration.)
  • Please describe the impact this project offers to the discipline (quality, impact, rigor, innovation, etc.)
  • Not required. If support materials are available, please share these here. Nominee will submit documentation when officially entering work for consideration. (4 files max, 5MB max file size.)
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Official Award Entry Form

To submit an official entry for the 2019 Communication Design Educators Awards, complete the following form: