For the first round of judging, we only accept an entry form, images and video, and all applications must be made online. Once the judges have made an initial assessment based on these materials, they will select Finalists to participate in the next round of judging. At that time, you will be invited to send your actual product (or scale model/prototype) if it meets certain weight/size restrictions. Sending a sample or mock-up is not a requirement for the final round of judging, however, it is highly recommended.

This is where you list all the individual names (or teams if you prefer) of the people that contributed to the design you are submitting on their behalf. Please note: If there are more than five (5) people on your team and you win an award, the credits will list ‘Design Team’. NO MORE THAN FIVE names will be listed on certificates!

You should list the company as a design credit and also as the client/manufacturer.

Yes, names or logos of manufacturing companies/clients may appear ONLY if they are inherent to the product. If the design team has its own identity though, you may NOT include its name or logo. Also, don’t refer in the entry form to “the in-house design team.” Just use “design team.”

Students should use the individual entry form in order to be charged the lowest rate.

In distribution means it’s available for purchase through normal sales channels. For the most part, this means the general public should be able to find it and purchase it. Certain items like planes, expensive medical equipment, etc. will be considered in distribution if orders have been taken from the end client.

Yes, except on the glamour shots.


If you submit a late entry, the online entry software will automatically add the late fee to your account and you will be responsible for settling your account prior to the final deadline.

None! Note that there are many optional ways of maximizing your award's exposure in the form of advertising but we do not require winners to pay anything extra for Yearbook inclusion, certificates, ceremony attendance, logos, etc.

Yes. You can create your online account and upload all your entry materials in advance of paying, as long as the payment is received and entry submitted before the regular deadline, no late fees will be assessed. Any entries after the deadline, however, will be assessed late fees, and those received after the late period will not be accepted.

We accept Visa, M/C, Amex, Check drawn in US funds, and Wire/Bank transfers by request.


Designer First works with the Jury Chair, appointed each year by the Chair of IDSA's Board of Directors, to craft a diverse and national team of experts across industries. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone for participation on a future jury, please email your recommendations to info@designerfirst.in


Designer First’s The D Award 2015 Zonal winners will be honoured at a zonal ceremony as follows
East Zone- Kolkata
South Zone- Bangalore
North Zone- New Delhi
West Zone-Mumbai and Mega Final’s gala event following the conclusion of the annual Designer First national Conference in Goa.

The ceremony itself is free for all winners and their guests, but all travel and accommodations costs are your responsibility. If you wish to register for the conference or attend the after-ceremony awards gala, you must purchase tickets. Conference registration and party tickets will be available for purchase online or in person.


These will be available for purchase online when the Yearbook is published in September. Winners receive a discount off the regular price. Copies of past Yearbooks can be ordered directly from event@designerfirst.in or call +91 9830840870

Announcing the Winners

You must wait until August 23 to announce the results of the final judging.

Trophy & Certificates

At the award ceremony if you are present or These will be mailed to you within 45 days after the ceremony. ALL the participant will receive certificates.

One trophy is given to each GOLD, SILVER and BRONGE-winning team. All winners have the option of purchasing extra trophies. You will receive an order form after the award ceremony. Please fill it out in its entirety and e-mail it to event@designerfirst.in.

You will receive one per designer name listed on the certificate

If you submit payment for an entry and then decide not to enter the competition or miss the entry deadlines, Designer First cannot issue a refund. Any other refund requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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