PGH365 2024
AIGA Pittsburgh’s Annual Design Competition and Exhibition celebrates the designer’s struggle and success in finding effective, meaningful, and beautiful solutions. Selected entries demonstrate the designer’s role and process and the value of design to the community. We invite you to participate in this important showcase. This year’s exhibition will be presented on Friday, October 18, 2024. Additional information will be available soon.

Thank you to our sponsors

Joe Zeff Design
HBT Digital

Thank you to our partners

Ready to get started?

Step 1: Review all details below.
Step 2: Prepare your work according to the listed guidance.
Step 3: Submit your entries.

For further information or questions, please email PGH365 chair, RJ Thompson, at rjthompson@pittsburgh.aiga.org

Rules

What to Enter

Any work produced in the Pittsburgh region and put forward to an audience between January 1, 2023 and June 1, 2024 is eligible. No work previously submitted for AIGA Pittsburgh’s PGH365 may be entered again. Undergraduate Student work is eligible for submission. Graduate level students are encouraged to enter any professional work in PGH365. Selected entries will be displayed as entered. 

We regret that entries cannot be returned. However, work may be picked up on the day that the show is dismantled. Any work left behind will be donated to area schools. Submission of an entry acknowledges the right of AIGA Pittsburgh to use it for exhibition and publication.

How to Enter

All PGH365 entries are processed through our online system.

Before you begin the process of entering the competition, please have the following information and materials ready. This will make your submission process go quickly.

  • Your contact information for registration and notification
  • Entry title
  • Entry description
  • Entry date of publication
  • Entry context*
  • Entry category
  • Names and roles of team members
  • Contact information for team members
  • Relevant links
  • Special notes or requirements for entry
  • Entry URL (if applicable)

*Entry context
Each submission must include brief answers (less than 100 words) to the following questions found on the entry website. Bullet points will be accepted. Judges will review this information in conjunction with viewing the work. The information provided will be displayed with the selected entries.

1. What were the goals and objectives for this project?
2. Who was the intended audience?
3. Were there any notable challenges to overcome?

Competition Categories (click + to expand)

Print
  • Logos
  • Brochure
  • Poster
  • Packaging
  • Publication
  • Illustration
  • Stationery
  • Advertising
  • Environmental
Digital
  • Digital Advertising
  • Website design
  • Social media design
  • E-mail marketing design
Video & Motion
  • Promo videos
  • Commercials
  • Content Marketing/Storytelling Vignettes
  • Motion graphics
Interactive
  • Mobile app design
  • Desktop app design
  • Game design
  • VR/AR
  • Interactive Displays
  • UX Design

Special Recognition Categories

Up and Coming Designers

The “Up and Coming Designer of the Year” category celebrates emerging talent in the design world, recognizing those who are making significant strides and showing exceptional promise in their early careers. This award highlights innovative, fresh perspectives and creative solutions that push the boundaries of design. The competition honors five outstanding designers whose work demonstrates originality, craftsmanship, and a forward-thinking approach, setting new trends and inspiring the next generation of creatives. These recognitions aim to support and encourage young designers, providing them with a platform to showcase their work and gain visibility in the industry.

Designer of the Year

The “Designer of the Year” category is the pinnacle of recognition in our competition, honoring one exceptional designer who has made a profound impact on the design industry over the past year. This award celebrates a creative visionary whose work exemplifies excellence, innovation, and mastery across their craft. The recipient of this prestigious award demonstrates a consistent ability to push creative boundaries, set new standards, and inspire both peers and the broader design community. This accolade is a testament to their outstanding contributions, significant achievements, and lasting influence on the field of design.

Student Designer of the Year

The “Student Designer of the Year” category recognizes an outstanding student who has shown remarkable talent, creativity, and potential in the field of design. This award honors one exceptional individual whose work stands out for its innovation, technical skill, and visionary approach, despite still being in the early stages of their educational journey. The recipient of this prestigious award demonstrates an impressive ability to challenge norms, explore new ideas, and bring a fresh perspective to the design world. This accolade celebrates their achievements, encourages their growth, and highlights their promise as a future leader in the design industry.

Design Studio of the Year

The “Design Studio of the Year” category honors a single outstanding design studio that has made a significant impact in the industry through exceptional work, creativity, and innovation. This award celebrates a studio that consistently delivers high-quality, cutting-edge design solutions, setting new benchmarks for excellence and influencing trends across the design landscape. The recipient of this prestigious award demonstrates a unique ability to blend artistic vision with practical execution, creating projects that inspire and resonate on a broad scale. This accolade acknowledges their collaborative spirit, dedication to craftsmanship, and significant contributions to the design community.

Agency of the Year

The “Agency of the Year” category recognizes a single exceptional agency that has made a remarkable impact in the design and creative industry over the past year. This award celebrates an agency that exemplifies innovation, strategic thinking, and excellence in delivering outstanding creative solutions for its clients. The recipient of this prestigious award showcases a strong portfolio of work that demonstrates versatility, creativity, and effectiveness, setting new standards and influencing industry trends. This accolade honors the agency’s ability to blend visionary ideas with practical execution, its commitment to quality, and its significant contributions to the creative community.

In-House Team of the Year

The “In-House Team of the Year” category honors a single in-house design team that has demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation, and impact within their organization over the past year. This award celebrates a team that consistently delivers outstanding design solutions that align with the company’s goals and enhance its brand identity. The recipient of this prestigious award showcases a strong track record of effective collaboration, problem-solving, and excellence in execution. This accolade acknowledges the team’s dedication, talent, and significant contributions to the organization’s success, setting new standards for in-house design excellence.

Entry Details

Logos must be printed in color on a letter-size sheet, mounted on foamcore, and submitted in the grouped entries envelope.

Items in a series (up to five pieces grouped as one entry) must be mounted as a group; each piece in the series should have a label attached indicating that it is a part of a series. **If participants wish to have a piece from a series judged independently, the piece must be submitted as its own entry, separate from the series.

Three-dimensional work such as packaging must be photographed and the photo must be submitted in the grouped envelope. If the package is small enough to be conveniently included or flat packed, the actual package may be submitted.

Interactive media and video must be submitted with a single color print of 4 screens from the project on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. If the piece is available online at the time of judging, only the URL needs to be submitted. Video pieces should be uploaded to a video service such as vimeo or youtube, with the URL for those pieces submitted via the online entry form. If the piece can not be made available online, it should be submitted via email to rjthompson@pittsburgh.aiga.org. Consider sharing a video walkthrough for UX and web work to ensure judges do not miss any pertinent functionality. If the file is shared via online file sharing service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc it must be accessible for two months after the competition deadline. Please name file as FirstNameLastName_TitleofEntry.mp4

Large format work that is larger than 16” x 22” will be accepted, optionally mounted on illustration board at the size produced, up to 26” x 40”. If work is larger than 26” x 40” it will not be accepted into the competition and returned before judging. Please contact AIGA Pittsburgh with any questions about specific entries.

Prepare & Package

Participants must send a physical representation of the submitted work for judging and exhibition. All pieces from a single entrant should be sent in one package or envelope when possible.

Please label your work by placing your name, entry title, and contact information on the back of the mounted substrate. For interactive and time-based media entries, a URL must be provided in the online submission system. Physical pieces should be provided in the same form that the audience engages with them. Printed images of the work will be accepted only for environmental graphics, interactive work, packaging, or 3D entries. Selected entries will be displayed as submitted.

1. One copy of a completed individual entry form for each entry
2. Payment in full via credit card on the submission website or via check/money order. Make checks payable to AIGA Pittsburgh.
3. Package all pieces together for submission. Please mark all packages AIGA Pittsburgh: PGH365 with the submitter’s name and phone number on the package.

Send

Online submissions must be completed and physical pieces must be received by September 30.
Work submitted after this date will not be accepted.

Send all entries packages to:

Plus Public LLC
c/o RJ Thompson
317 Glaser Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202

We regret that entries cannot be returned. However, work may be picked up on the day that the show is dismantled. Any work left behind will be donated to area schools.

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PGH365: 2024 Design Competition and Exhibition

PGH365: 2024 Design Competition and Exhibition

AIGA Pittsburgh’s Annual Design Competition and Exhibition is a celebration of the designer’s struggle and success in finding solutions that are effective, meaningful, and beautiful. Selected entries demonstrate the designer’s role and process, and the value of design...

read more

Pay

Payment for entries can be made through the online submission system. Join AIGA today and save on PGH365 submission fees. Members contribute to the influence of design, further professional development, and connect with a welcoming community of peers. To become a member before submitting to PGH365, visit www.aiga.org/join

All paid entry submissions come with free entry to the PGH365 event. If you would like to attend but did not submit work, you can pay and register HERE

AIGA Members    
Single entry:  $25 per entry
Special recognition category: $50 per entry

AIGA Student Members
Single entry:  $20 per entry
Special recognition category: $25 per entry

AMA Pittsburgh Members
Single entry:  $35 per entry
Special recognition category: $60 per entry

Non-AIGA Student Members
Single entry:  $30 per entry
Special recognition category: $35 per entry

Non-AIGA Members
Single entry:  $40 per entry
Special recognition category: $75 per entry

Items in a Series
Up to five pieces grouped as one entry can be submitted as a series. We have eliminated the series fee, but if you want a piece to be judged on its own, just as in prior years it must be submitted as its own entry, separate from the series.

Timeline

Competition Timeline

  • June 5: Entries open
  • June 5-Sept. 1: Regular pricing
  • Sept. 2-Sept. 30: Late entry pricing
  • Sept. 30: All entries due
  • October 1: Judging begins
  • October 13: Judging ends
  • October 18: Exhibition opens

Exhibition Opening Agenda

  • 6pm: Doors open
  • 7pm: Program begins
  • 7:30pm: Program concludes; photography with winners and groups until 8:30pm.
  • 9pm: Event closes

Judges

Each year, AIGA Pittsburgh welcomes a panel of 3 recognized jurors, representing a cross-section of design, to review and select entries for our annual design competition and exhibition, PGH365. This exhibition highlights the best work produced in the region and is truly a celebration of the designer’s struggle to find effective, meaningful, and beautiful solutions.

Our judges will be joining us in Pittsburgh during the week of the exhibition, and they are as excited as we are. So read about them, follow them on social media, let them know what they should be sure to see while they’re in town, ask them some questions—you know, do as Mister Rogers would do—be neighborly!