The Drum Design Awards exclusively recognise great design being produced by agencies globally and give you an opportunity to see your best design work rewarded.


The face of the industry is changing but The Drum still firmly believe the core disciplines that have made the profession what it is today are more relevant now than ever before. As the market changes, new challenges may have emerged but the creative skills such as problem solving, art direction, strategic thinking and great execution are just as important in this new economy.

So rather than retreating from this sector, The Drum is investing. This award scheme also gives you the chance to see the industry's very best work in print, as we are still very much committed to our print magazine.

The Drum Design Awards are not only a celebration of great work but also serves as a reminder that the design industry’s best days still lie ahead!

Benefits of entering

Here are just some of the benefits of entering The Drum Design Awards:

• To prove that you are producing some of the best design work in the business

• To demonstrate your creativity in design

• To have your work judged and recognised by our esteemed judging panel

• To stand out from your competitors as an award winning company

• To reassure clients that you are the best company for the job

• To gain fantastic PR opportunities

• To boost morale throughout your company and to  reward your hardworking individuals and teams

Who should enter?

The awards are open globally to all design consultancies, advertising agencies, digital agencies, creative agencies, media owners, in house teams, freelancers or clients who work within the design discipline.

How to enter

Please check the submission formats section for details how to supply physical entries. All entries include an online submission and some categories will require physical examples of work to be sent in.

  • Register or login to the website
  • Once you are signed in to your online account click on your ‘dashboard’ tab and select or add your company.
  • Decide on all relevant categories for the work you would like to enter.
  • Select the category you are entering from the drop down menu.
  • Add a short description of no more than 60 words as an overview of the project. In the event your entry is nominated, this text will be used on the website to give insight into the project.
  • You are also able to acknowledge another agency if the work has been jointly created.
  • You will be promoted to provide an entry report, this is simply a 200 word summary to offer the judges some additional context into the project should they need it. It will not be scored.
  • Upload hi-res images of your work (this is important as these images are shown online and during the show if nominated) and any supporting YouTube or Vimeo video URLs.
  • In the event of your entry being nominated, images, videos and the summary will be live on the website. Please note: At least one image must be uploaded (total file limit 10MB. Accept jpg, gif or png files). The first image will be used in listings of entries and on the night of the ceremony in the presentation.
  • You can review your entries by returning to your dashboard.
  • Please note: You will only receive the 2nd entry rate discount if you enter all your submissions at one. Otherwise you will be charged the full amount each time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are all complete.
  • Once you are ready ‘submit and pay’ and proceed to the payment section of the website.         
  • Deadline for Entries: 6pm 21st February 2018. Entries received after this time will incur a 10% late fee.
  • Once online payment has been received, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address that you registered with and receipt will be sent to your accounts department.

Submission formats

The guidelines below will give you a better understanding of the physical entries we need.
Once you have completed the online process and paid, please prepare your physical entries to send in for judging.

Graphic Design
Please provide examples of physical work e.g. packaging, printed publications or mounted artwork*: max size A2.

Interior/Exterior Design
Mounted artwork*: maximum board size A2.

Design Crafts
Mounted artwork*: maximum board size A2 or physical entries e.g. a book/ publication.

Digital Design
Mounted artwork is NOT required.  Please make sure you enter online what you want the judges to see e.g. link to download app, You Tube embedded code, website URL.

Please post to: Hannah Docherty, The Drum Design Awards, 4th Floor Mercat Building 26 Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5AB

We ask that you attach an ‘Individual Entry Form’ to each entry you are posting in. This form can be found at the end of the Entry Pack.

*Please note that there is a maximum of x3 boards per entry.

The judging process

The panel

The judging panel is made up of experts from across the design industry who will use their knowledge and skills to decide who wins the awards.

What are the judges looking for?

The Drum Design Awards are about design excellence, which for us is a combination of Craftsmanship, Strategy and Performance. 

Craftsmanship in terms of creative thinking and attention to detail, Strategy in terms of clarity around what needs to be achieved and the role that the design is playing to deliver that and Performance in terms of the impact that the design has had and the results it has achieved.

Overall we will be looking for big ideas, beautifully crafted. And alongside that we will also be looking for innovation in approach and stand-out creativity.

Entry rules

• Entries are open to all design consultancies, advertising agencies, digital agencies, creative agencies, media owners, in house teams or clients who work within the design discipline.

• Entries must have been published, displayed, broadcast or mailed between 17 February 2017 and 14 March 2018.

• As the judging will be anonymous please ensure your branding is not shown on your boards.

• You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.

• All entries must be supplied in the specification stated in submission formats. 

• Entries must be received by the deadline on 21 February 2018 to be eligible for the awards.

• The judges reserve the right move your entry into any category they feel is a better fit and/or merge catergories as they see fit.

• The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication/exhibition in relation to the awards.

• The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client. Proof of publication or transmission may be requested.

• No correspondence will be entered into regarding entries.

• Due to the fast pace of the judging day feedback is hard to monitor and therefore will not be given

• The judges’ decision is final.

• Entering work is at your own risk – entries will not be kept after the judging and cannot be returned unless they are expensive or rare. Please be sure to include a note on your entry and email  to arrange safekeeping and collection.

• Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of entries, the organisers cannot accept responsibility.

• You will only receive the 2nd entry rate discount if you  enter all your submissions at once. Otherwise you will be charged the full amount each time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are all complete.

Entry fees

Entries are priced at:
£155 +VAT for your first entry and  £89 +VAT for each subsequent entry.

You may enter as many categories as are suitable, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.

Entries received after the 6pm deadline on the 21 February 2018 are subject to a 10% late fee, which will be applied at the online checkout stage.

Corporate and Elite members of The Drum Network receive a 10% discount on entry fees. This will be applied automatically at the checkout stage. For more information go to

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