Time stops for no one. Its passage brings change, and creates history. Despite the ever-changing nature of our world, we continue to adapt and overcome. Here at MUSE, we recognize those who reign above change, with creativity that pens history and designs which stand against the test of time.
A MUSE creates with intent. Their works embody their considerations of the future, while serving as waypoints for those who come after. The MUSE Design Awards honors design professionals of various expertise, whose works shoulder the weight of the future, despite the unknown.
You are indomitable. You conquer change.
The MUSE Awards is designed for the convenience of our entrants by way of online registrations and submissions.
The MUSE Design Awards is a part of the MUSE Awards Program, which was created by the International Awards Associate (IAA) in 2015. IAA’s inception was based on a mission to honor, promote and encourage creativity by providing a new standard of excellence for evaluating media design production and distribution. IAA’s mission has largely shaped MUSE Design Awards’ goals.
Fundamentally, the MUSE Design Awards is an international competition for designers whose craftsmanship shift paradigms. Their ingenuity and thorough works leave others in awe, and in so doing redefine boundaries and scope – much like a muse.
There are FOUR (4) levels of achievement in the competition:
Design of the Year (Only ONE highest score point from each category will be recognized as Architect/Interior/Fashion/Transportation/ Product/Furniture/Packaging/Lighting/Conceptual/Landscape Design of the Year.)
Platinum MUSE (85-100 points)
Gold MUSE (70-84 points)
Silver MUSE (50-69 points)
The number of awards presented by MUSE Design Awards is determined by the number of submissions in a given category, the scoring range and the number of tie scores.
Judges are senior-level, experienced in their field/industry, including creative designers and art directors from international agencies, architects, fashion designers, interior designers, product designers, educators, marketers or business owners. Judges are selected based on experience, credibility and availability.
Judging is blind. All entrant information is removed from entries to prevent bias/conflict of interest. Judges score on a scale of 1-100, based on the criteria set.
MUSE Design Awards Categories are divided into 10 award programs – architectural design, interior design, product design, fashion design, transportation design, packaging design, furniture design, conceptual design, lighting design and landscape design.
|2021 Entry Period||Early Bird
(Oct 15 - Dec 17, 2020)
(Dec 18, 2020 - Jan 21, 2021)
(Jan 22 - Feb 25, 2021)
|Professional 1st Entry||$169||$179||$199|
* Fees are non-refundable. Withdrawn entries (whether withdrawn by entrant or by the MUSE Awards for entrant's failure to comply
with the entry rules) will NOT be refunded.
* Multiple entries must be submitted at the same time as your first entry in order to be counted as “additional category”. An entry submitted at a later time will be counted as a “first entry”.
Rather than increase the fee for each entry, fees are only charged in order to cover administrative costs like printing, mailing and data organization. For this reason, each participant is charged a flat $30 administration fee. When all participants pay the same low fee, those submitting more than one entry will actually pay less than if fees were on a sliding scale.
“ The MUSE Award is surely a prestigious and important award that will give visibility to the agency and its work. It will allow us to reach more important and prestigious clients with more fascinating and ambitious projects. ”
~ Giovanni Murgia, Creative Director of Redfish Advertising, Italy
“ One gets automatically more attention from the media and the potential clients that wanted to work with you as they clear their doubts or insecurities. People that only heard of you want to know more and enquire… It’s an organic form of advertisement. ”
~ Pedro Lucas Freire, Founder, CEO& Architect of Lucas Freire Architecture, Belgium
“ Design awards are important on many levels. They act as a pinnacle of excellence for a designer, help guide consumers to make more informed purchase decisions and perhaps more importantly – inspire the next generation of designers. I also believe that design awards can bring a different level of validation to a designer, outside of just selling a product. Our work is judged by those I consider to be best-in-class, bringing a wide breadth of knowledge and unparalleled leadership in the industry. ”
~ Matthew McCormick, Designer of Matthew McCormick Studio, Canada
“ We are extremely proud and honored to receive this Platinum Award. This international award means that we can engage like-minded developers and designers to exchange ideas on how to make community design better. ”
~ Erez Bar-Nur, Founder & Lead Designer of Landscape Design Workshop, United States
“ It is definitely a great honor for us as all 4 of our entries won the MUSE Awards, including one Platinum Award. Everyone in my team is so passionate about our job and have been working really hard. I think everything has formed a virtuous circle, from hard work to good design, to explosive market response, international exposure and other rewards. This allows me o invest more in our team and further improve our work. ”
~ Jansword Zhu, Founder & Art Director of Jansword Design, China
“ This Award distinction is highly important. Competitions of global caliber are effective weapons to convince potential clients that there are effective reasons to choose you instead of others, but competitions and awards are also a way to highlight the immense gap between good professionals and cheap options. Eventually, winning awards pushes yourself to a higher rank, increasing the possibilities to hook clients of a higher profile. ”
~ Nick Pitscheider, Independent Branding Consultant & Desiner of Nick Pitscheider, Italy
“ We won a few international awards in the past, which gave us a huge boost to pursue our design practice. It is very important for us to track the trends in international design, so winning awards like this can allow us to see other designs and be inspired by them. ”
~ Daisuke Nagatomo, Design Director of MisoSoupDesign, Taiwan
“ I want to thank the MUSE Awards for the opportunity for us to enter my body of work and selecting me as a winner on 2 projects. It was above our expectations. We are grateful and honored. ”
~ Pepe Calderin, CEO & President of Pepe Calderin Design, United States
“ Winning this award reaffirms my mission of showcasing the beauty of the world and connecting the consumers to a product that has a special meaning to them by connecting their hearts and soul to a place they love or want to be connected to or to make a difference in. ”
~ Azin Valy, CEO & Designer of Cityzen by Azin, United States
“ I feel honored to receive the Platinum MUSE award in the furniture category. This is considered by me, the manufacturer, LAMMHULTS and the outside world as a recognition of PONTO-table as world-class furniture design. ”
~ Troels Grum-Schwensen, Architect & Designer of GRUMDESIGN Troels Grum-Schwensen, Denmark
“ Some of our previous projects have also won design awards from Britain, Italy, and Canada, and our MUSE Awards is undoubtedly a great affirmation of our design work. All the designers who participated in the award also felt very excited, which inspired us to firm up our aesthetic taste and design more excellent works. ”
~ David Chang, Founder of David Chang Design & Associates (DCDA), Principal Design, China
“ This award is validation from the design community that the effort made during the process of designing was worthwhile. The award is encouragement for us to keep pushing forward with more creativity in future projects. ”
~ Matt Flynn, Owner & Architect of Flynn Architecture & Design, United States
“ By winning this award, it is an affirmation of our effort on our design that helps strengthen the confidence of our clients. ”
~ Anya Wu, Design Director of Root Design HK Limited, Hong Kong
“ After over 3 years of developing the T.Series, I found it exciting and interesting that I can present my design to MUSE Award’s jury. I believe that critical and confirming voices are important points for good, further development. ”
~ Rudolf Wistl, Designer & Master Carpenter of GLAS.HOLZ design, Denmark
“ My partner, my entire team and I have received a hugely uplifting shot in the arm by receiving this award for professional excellence. It is an honor to be recognized by global peers and an internationally acclaimed body. ”
~ Arnab Ghosh, Partner in OSTRACA, India
To uphold IAA’s mission, MUSE Design Awards strives to keep the awards financially accessible and its judging process impartial. To further accommodate professionals of varying disciplines, numerous categories are made available to entrants.
MUSE Design Awards also keeps its submission process simple, and everything can be completed online. When an entrant wins, they would not need to pay any acceptance fees to have their achievement announced globally.
Each year, more than 40 international jurors evaluate your work.
Lifetime presentable individual grand winner pages displayed on MUSE Awards website.
MUSE Design Awards keep entry fees low to encourage individual/agency participation.
Custom-designed Muse statuette for your award collection each year.
MUSE Design Awards is an Adobe Authorized Affiliate.
Most Platinum entries can be featured on Muse Media Partner website - Muse.World, an international blog for creative inspiration.
10 Award Programs include: Architectural Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Transportation Design, Packaging Design, Furniture Design, Conceptual Design, Landscape Design, and Lighting Design.
Simple entry steps with online submission only.
Never an "acceptance fee" for winners.
Winning the MUSE Design Award & Competition is a great achievement that brings fame, prestige and recognition.
Your name / company name will be able to reach new international audiences, clients or press members.
Winning designs get enough exposure to increase the sales of products significantly; More fame means more business.