Design Leader of the Year

Design Leader of the Year

This category celebrates the visionaries who set new benchmarks in the design industry. Recognising individuals who drive innovation, inspire their teams, and foster a culture of excellence, this award is a tribute to those who lead by example. 

It’s crucial to celebrate these leaders as they are the trailblazers shaping the future of design, encouraging others to explore beyond traditional boundaries and redefine standards of creativity and functionality.

Who should enter
  • Senior design directors or executives from digital agencies
  • Heads of design from tech companies
  • Founders of design-led startups
  • Influential freelance designers with significant impact
Selection criteria

When judging

Judges will look for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in the design field. Evaluating their influence on their team, community, or industry, and considering how their vision and actions have advanced design practices and principles. they will be assessing their contribution to fostering a culture of creativity, collaboration, and excellence.

  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in advancing design practices
  • Significant impact on the design community or industry
  • Innovation and excellence in personal or team projects
Application tips
  • Highlight your leadership qualities and specific instances where your guidance led to successful design outcomes
  • Provide examples of how you've fostered innovation and creativity within your team or community
  • Demonstrate your impact on the design industry through testimonials, case studies, or measurable achievements


Supporting materials

  • High-quality visuals that represent your work or leadership initiatives
  • Relevant supporting documents, such as articles, presentations, or project summaries
  • Category
  • Submission Close Date
  • Entry fee