Red Dot Award: Communication Design

Frequently Asked Questions

The Award

What is the Red Dot Design Award?

What is the Red Dot Design Award?

The Red Dot Design Award is an international design competition. The accompanying distinction, “Red Dot”, has become established internationally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design. In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the award breaks down into three disciplines: the Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. Each competition is organised once every year.

 

What is the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

What is the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

The Red Dot Award: Communication Design is an international design competition. It is directed at agencies, designers and companies from all over the world. Works and projects in various categories of communication design can be entered in the competition. The entries are assessed by an international jury. The Red Dot Award: Communication Design is held once a year.

 

What is the “Red Dot”?

What is the “Red Dot”?

The Red Dot is a seal of quality for good design that is awarded in the three competitions of the Red Dot Design Award.

Entry Rules

What can I enter in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

What can I enter in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

Works and projects in various categories of communication design can be entered in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018. The competition is open to works that were published after 1 July 2015 or will be published before 1 July 2018 and that were not already entered in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design in the past. Projects realised solely in order to take part in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design cannot be entered.

You can find the entry rules and General Terms and Conditions for the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018 here. (PDF, 130 KB)

In what form can I submit projects to the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

In what form can I submit projects to the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

Entries can be submitted as an original, a presentation chart, digitally or in cross-media form. One entry must not comprise more than eight parts.

How many works can I enter in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

How many works can I enter in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

A participant can register any number of works for the Red Dot Award: Communication Design.

 

Can I enter my work in different categories in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

Can I enter my work in different categories in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

Depending on the nature of the work, it can be registered in one or several categories. A piece of work cannot be entered in different sub-categories within one category. A separate registration must be completed for each entry. Each entry stands alone and requires its own presentation material.

You can find the categories for the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018 here.

What does it cost to take part in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

What does it cost to take part in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

The registration fee for a piece of work depends on the date of registering.

You can find an overview of the registration fees here.

Registration

How can I register for the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

How can I register for the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

  1. Online registration at www.myreddot.de
  2. Select category and enter the details for the project
  3. Enter the designer and client details
  4. Send physical entries by post, upload digital projects to www.myreddot.de

You can find detailed information on registering in the respective categories in our Guides to Success.

What details do I need to provide to register for the Red Dot Design Award: Communication Design?

What details do I need to provide to register for the Red Dot Design Award: Communication Design?

Mandatory details include:

  • Project details (project name, project type, publication date, choice of category and sub-category)
  • Form of entry (physical, digital or cross-media)
  • Project description (min. 500 – max. 1,200 characters)
  • Contact details for the client and the designer
  • Account details

All details for registering a project must be provided in English.

You can find detailed information on registering in the respective categories in our Guides to Success.

What does “project type” refer to?

What does “project type” refer to?

The project type is the shortest description for your work, or a rough classification, e.g. “annual report”.

Which category should I choose?

Which category should I choose?

If you are unsure which category to choose, take a look at our online exhibition. You will find all the award-winning projects from past years sorted by category there.

If you need help in choosing your category, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Which sub-category should I choose?

Which sub-category should I choose?

The sub-categories serve to break down the main categories and provide an overview of which projects can be entered. Please note that projects are assessed and win an award in the main categories, not in the sub-categories.

 

What should be included in my project description?

What should be included in my project description?

The Red Dot Jury receives an information sheet that contains the main details on your project as well as a description. The description should present your work briefly and objectively and explain in just a few sentences what makes it unique. We recommend that you do not use figurative or flowery language and that you keep the description simple, precise and informative.

What does “additional material” refer to?

What does “additional material” refer to?

You can upload additional material for each project for free in order to give the Red Dot Jury a better insight into your work. However, information already contained in the main material should not be repeated in the additional material. The additional material is only shown to the jury on request.

 

What is the PI code and where can I find it?

What is the PI code and where can I find it?

The PI code is the ID code for the work you enter. As soon as you click on “Status of my entries” in your My Red Dot account, you will find your PI code as the first part of the heading for each entry. Please always refer to this code in all of your communication with us, as this makes it easier to process your request.

 

Delivery of digital Projects

How long do I have to upload digital material?

How long do I have to upload digital material?

Digital material has to be submitted to complete registration.

What are the prerequisites for files to be uploaded?

What are the prerequisites for files to be uploaded?

Please give your files a name that uses Latin characters and does not contain any special characters. You can find all of the information on file specifications in the Guides to Success.

Delivery of physical Projects

What is the deadline for submitting my project to the Red Dot Award: Communication Design, and where do I need to send it?

What is the deadline for submitting my project to the Red Dot Award: Communication Design, and where do I need to send it?

You can find all of the deadlines and the address for delivering your physical projects here. Please attach the PI code labels that you will find in your confirmation e-mail to the back of all physical project elements. This is the only way we can identify your work with certainty.

How can I ensure that my delivery does not get stuck in customs?

How can I ensure that my delivery does not get stuck in customs?

For international deliveries of products, deliveries must include a profoma invoice. Here (PDF, 346 KB) is a template with information already included and further information on how to use the document correctly. If you are sending works for the category “Packaging design” with alcohol, cigarettes or medicine, please observe the local export regulations or send empty packaging.

My delivery is stuck in customs. What can I do?

My delivery is stuck in customs. What can I do?

Please send a corresponding message to us at logistics(at)red-dot.de and state your PI code and the name of your project. We will take care of it.

Taking part in the Red Dot: Junior Award

What is the Red Dot: Junior Award?

What is the Red Dot: Junior Award?

The Red Dot: Junior Award is part of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design and is geared to up-and-coming designers. The Red Dot: Junior Prize comes with prize money of EUR 10,000 and is awarded each year to the best junior piece of work entered in the competition.

Who can take part in the Red Dot: Junior Award?

Who can take part in the Red Dot: Junior Award?

The Red Dot: Junior Award is open to emerging designers who have graduated within the past two years. A copy of the apprentice or student ID or of the degree certificate is accepted as proof.

What can be entered in the Red Dot: Junior Award?

What can be entered in the Red Dot: Junior Award?

All communication design works and projects can be entered in the Red Dot: Junior Award, regardless of when they were created or published.

Winning an Award

When do I find out if my project has won an award?

You will receive an e-mail at the beginning of August with your results in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design. You can also download your notification under “My results” in your My Red Dot account.

What are the distinctions awarded in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

What are the distinctions awarded in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design?

The jury awards various distinctions in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design. These include the Red Dot, the Red Dot: Best of the Best, the Red Dot: Grand Prix and the Red Dot: Junior Prize.

When can I start using the winner label?

When can I start using the winner label?

You can download the label in your My Red Dot account once you have successfully booked the Winner Package.

When can I start communicating news of my award?

When can I start communicating news of my award?

We would like to ensure that the results are communicated at around the same time. For this reason, we would ask you not to announce your award before the date stated by us. Red Dot will officially announce all of the laureates at the award ceremony and winners’ exhibition in Berlin.

Any further questions?

Send us an e-mail with your query or call us at: +49 201 30104 49.