General entry rules
- All entries must be supplied in line with the How to Enter instructions.
- The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries into other categories where they feel necessary.
- The judges also reserve the right to remove categories that aren’t strong enough to have work nominated. These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly with the rest.
- The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication/exhibition in relation to the awards.
- No feedback will be given relating to individual entries.
- The judging panels decisions is final.
- If you do not abide by the rules, which results in a cost to the organisers, then the submitting company is liable for costs.
- Each entry must be treated as a separate entry and paid for accordingly.
- Entering work is at your own risk. Except for high value samples, entries cannot be returned. To discuss a return, please contact us in advance.
- Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of entries, the organisers will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of entries.
- All entries submitted should conform to the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified.
- Once entries are submitted, they will go forward for judging and cannot be amended.
- Entries must be paid before the judging date. Entries not paid for will be taken out the judging process and therefore, the awards.
- After judging, entries cannot be withdrawn and refunds cannot be given.
Category specific rules
- DIRECT MAIL
Both print and digital examples can be submitted.
- ITEM OF SELF PROMOTION
Work in this category must have been designed for the submitting company by the submitting company.
- MOBILE/APP DESIGN
An efficient UI is the unsung backbone of any app and we will be looking for examples of genuine innovation, pioneering design and natural navigation. Any contributing element to the overall interface such as the logo, layout, visuals and colour schemes can be submitted.
The visualisation category is open to all representations of work produced by architects, graphic and interior designers. This may be in the form of CGI, virtual or augmented reality or other mediums which communicate the headline work through imagery. This category is open to any formal presentation of conceptual designs.
- MOVING IMAGERY/ANIMATION DESIGN
The best use of design and imagery in animation and film.
- YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR / YOUNG
ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR
All-round design excellence over a body of independent work by a designer under 30 years of age or architect under 35 years of age. Submission must include an example of their best work, a short description for their career accomplishments and the reason for nomination. The person can be nominated by their studio, peers or can nominate themselves. Only qualified architects can be nominated. Entry form for these categories is separate from the normal entry form.
This category is open to architectural lighting design projects that include exhibitions and event installations that were in excess of 3 days in duration or installations that were used or erected in more than one location and open to the public in excess of 3 days.
- INTERIOR DESIGN
May be a commercial, leisure, retail, residential or domestic interior.
Projects in this category should be an environmental scheme, building project (new build or upgrade of an existing building) or a programme of new signage or artworks and should form part of a wider plan for the area’s physical and economic social regeneration.
- AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Affordable housing relates to homes provided by local authorities, housing associations, private developers and individuals and includes housing for rent and subsidised home ownership projects.
- HEALTH BUILDING
Health covers hospitals, medical facilities etc.
- EDUCATION BUILDING OR PROJECT
Education covers schools (public and private), universities, colleges etc.
- PUBLIC BUILDING
Can be publicly funded or for public use. This category includes Leisure/Culture buildings such as; sports facilities, theatres, arts centres, etc.
- FUTURE BUILDING OR PROJECT
This project can be in a proposed state meaning not under construction but still in the planning stages. It is also for buildings and projects under construction which have not been yet completed.
- BUILDING RE-USE
This category will reward a project for excellence in the sphere of conservation, restoration or adaptive re-use of a building.
Submissions should include information about the condition of the building before the work was undertaken, a short statement about the building’s significance and a description of the intention behind the works undertaken.
- PUBLIC REALM/LANDSCAPING
Covers hard and soft landscaping.
- MASTER PLANNING
Judges will look for excellent masterplan design and evidence that the location, orientation of the buildings, the activities that they contain and the design of the surrounding space formed a critical component of the brief and proposed/complemented project. It is also important to make evident how people have primacy in proposals. For the purpose of these categories, masterplan is analogous to the development plan, design framework, development framework etc.
Is your work eligible?
Work done by Scottish design consultancies, advertising agencies, printers and client companies. OR Work done for Scottish clients no matter where the designer is based. Work must be published, displayed, broadcast or mailed between 1 February 2020 and 30 March 2021.
Buildings and projects located in Scotland. OR Buildings and projects designed by Scottish architects, engineers, designers sited anywhere . Projects must be completed between 1 February 2020 and 30 March 2021.
Work previously entered into the Scottish Design Awards will not be eligible.