DFA Design for Asia Awards 2017

DFA Design for Asia Awards 2017 

The DFA Design for Asia Awards 2017 is now open for entry submission. To stay abreast of the latest design trend, the Awards has expanded to a total of 26 categories from 22 in the previous year. Submission by 30 April 2017 will enjoy a 50% off the registration fee.
More details at: www.dfaa.dfaawards.com

The DFA Design for Asia Awards is the flagship programme of the Hong Kong Design Centre, celebrating design excellence and acknowledging outstanding designs with Asian perspectives. Since its launch in 2003, the DFA Design for Asia Awards has been a stage upon which design talents and corporations can showcase their design projects internationally.

 The programme is comprised of five major awards: Grand Award, Grand Award for Culture, Grand Award for Sustainability, Grand Award for Technology and Category Award. Entries to the Category Award are recruited by open submission, while entries to the other four are by nomination.

For the Category Award, entrants submit design projects in one of 26 categories under four key design disciplines, namely Apparel & Accessory Design, Communication Design, Environmental Design and Product & Industrial Design.

Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit Awards are presented to winners in each category. Design projects are judged on four criteria – overall excellence, use of technology, impact in Asia as well as commercial and societal success.

Benefits of Awards Recognition

 The judges are design professionals and experts attuned to design developments in Asia and experienced in serving as judges for Hong Kong and international design awards. With the extensive networks and influential role of the Awards, winners could enjoy the following benefits through the Awards’ platform*.

  1. 1)  Networking: Invitation to DFA Awards Presentation Ceremony and Business of DesignWeek (BODW) opening ceremony to establish networks with international and localdesigners and business leaders;
  2. 2)  Expanding Global Reach: Speaking opportunities at different international and regionalevents, talks, forums organised by Hong Kong Design Centre;
  3. 3)  International Recognition: Authorisation of using the Awards endorsement mark forpromotions;
  4. 4)  Exposure: Enhancement of exposure through exhibitions and Awards Publication

* Publication and Promotion Fee applies for the winner

Online Submission Details

Date: Entry Fee: Discount:


1 April – 30 June 2017
HK$1,800 per entry
Submission in April (Hong Kong Time; GMT+8) will enjoy 50% off at HK$900 per entry

Entry Requirement

The Awards covers four major design disciplines in 26 categories, including
(1) Apparel & Accessory,
(2) Communication,
(3) Environmental and
(4) Product and Industrial Design.
Design projects, produced and launched in one or more Asian markets* between 1 January 2015 and 31 May 2017, are eligible for the Awards submission by the design’s owner or client, the brand’s owner, designer or design consultancy.

*Asian markets include:

Afghanistan / Bangladesh / Bhutan / Brunei Darussalam / Cambodia / Hong Kong / India / Indonesia / Iran(Islamic Republic of) / Japan / Kazakhstan / Kyrgyzstan / Lao People’s Dem. Republic / Macau / Mainland China / Malaysia / Maldives /Mongolia / Myanmar / Nepal / North Korea / Pakistan /Philippines / Singapore / South Korea / Sri Lanka / Taiwan / Tajikistan / Thailand / Timor-Leste / Turkmenistan / Uzbekistan / Vietnam

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be assessed by a judging panel composed of world-renowned design

professionals and industry experts according to four criteria:
(1) Impact in Asia,
(2) Overall Excellence,
(3) Use of Technology, as well as
(4) Commercial and Societal Success.

The DFA Design for Asia Awards comprises of (1) Category Award by open submission, (2) Grand Award and (3) Special Award. Judging panel will confer Gold, Silver, Bronze or Merit awards to entries with different levels of design excellence for each category.

Gold Award winners of the Category Award and outstanding design projects by nomination will be selected as the candidates of Grand and Special Awards. Design projects that make the most extraordinary contributions will be granted the Grand Awards, Grand Award for Culture, Grand Award for Sustainability, Grand Award for Technology, and Grand Award with Special Mention.

2016 Awards winners’ photos are available at:

About DFA Design for Asia Awards

Since 2003, the DFA Design for Asia Awards honours and acknowledges user-centric design projects and solutions that embrace cultural values unique in Asian societies, with concerns for sustainable development and use of technology to enhance and improve the quality of life for people in the region. Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre and as one of the programmes of DFA Awards, the DFA Design for Asia Awards aims to celebrate design excellence and acknowledge outstanding designs with Asian perspectives, and has been a platform for design talents and corporates to showcase their design projects internationally.

Organiser (www.hkdesigncentre.org)
Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 as a strategic partner of the HKSAR Government in establishing Hong Kong as centre of design excellence in Asia. HKDC continues its public mission in using design and innovation to drive value creation of business development and improve the wellbeing of society, through the provision of diverse exchange platforms, anchored by five major work directions: CONNECT, CELEBRATE, NURTURE, ADVANCE and ENGAGE.

HKDC’s flagship programmes include Business of Design Week (since 2002) Asia’s leading annual conference and event on Design, Innovation and Brands; DFA Awards (since 2003) the most recognised design awards from an Asia perspective;

Design Incubation Programme (since 2012) and Fashion Incubation Programme (since 2017) 2-year incubation programmes to nurture future design and fashion entrepreneurs; FASHION ASIA

HONGKONG (since 2016) a new initiative combining conversations, interactions and cultural exchanges to energise the city’s image, and positioning it as an Asian hub for fashion trade and business development;

Knowledge of Design Week (since 2006) an annual thematic design knowledge sharing platform on how design can solve complex challenges of our society.


Kiki Fung
Tel: +852 3793 8450
Fax: +852 2892 2621 Email:kiki.fung@hkdesigncentre.org

Ivan Kwok
Tel: +852 3793 8445
Fax: +852 2892 2621 Email:ivan.kwok@hkdesigncentre.org

2016 Winners 



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Hong Kong Design Centre