Awards & Categories
There are NINE awards:

The DFA Design for Asia Awards comprises of (A) Category Award by open submission and (B) Grand Awards. Judging panel of Category Award will confer:

(1) Gold, (2) Silver, (3) Bronze and (4) Merit Awards to submitted 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 Awards. Awards will be conferred with:

  • Grand Award
  • Grand Award for Culture
  • Grand Award for Sustainability
  • Grand Award for Technology
  • Grand Award with Special Mention
24 Categories Under 4 Design Disciplines

The judges will confer Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit Awards to the winners in each of the following 4 design disciplines which includes 24 design categories:


  • Fashion Apparel
  • Functional Apparel 
    e.g. Sportswear, safety clothing & personal protective equipment design, clothing for special needs (for elderly, disabled, infant), uniform & occasion apparel, etc.
  • Intimate Wear
    e.g. underwear, sleepwear, lightweight robe, etc.
  • Jewellery & Fashion Accessories
    e.g. Diamond earring, pearl necklace, sterling silver bracelet, watch & clock, bags, eyewear, hat, scarf, etc.
  • Footwear

  • Identity & Branding
    e.g. Corporate design & identity, brand design & identity, wayfinding and signage system, etc
  • Digital Media
    e.g. Website, web TV, digital advertising, computer and mobile applications, moving images (animation, video, motion graphic, etc.), social media platform, etc.
  • Packaging
  • Publication
  • Poster
  • Typography
  • Marketing Campaign
    e.g. holistic plan like online, above and below the line,  promotional, etc.

  • Home & Residential Spaces
  • Hospitality & Leisure Spaces
    e.g. Recreational spaces (hotels, guesthouses, spas and wellness areas, restaurants, cafés, bistros, bars, lounges, casinos, staff canteens, etc.)
  • Culture & Public Spaces
    e.g. Infrastructural projects, regional planning or urban design, revitalization or restoration projects, landscape, etc.
  • Retail and Showroom Spaces
  • Workspaces
    e.g. Office, industrial (industrial properties, warehouses, garages, distribution centers, etc.), etc.
  • Institutional Spaces
    e.g. Hospitals, clinics, healthcare centre; educational, religious or funeral related venues etc.
  • Event, Exhibition & Stage Design

  • Household Appliances 
    e.g. Appliances for living room / bedroom, Kitchen / dinning, Bathrooms / spas, Electronic products, etc.
  • Homeware
    e.g. Tableware and decoration, Lighting, furniture, home textiles, etc.
  • Professional & Commercial Product
    e.g. Vehicles (land, water, aerospace), special tools or devices for medicine / health care / constructions ,/ agriculture, devices and furniture for business use etc.
  • Information & Communications Technology Product
    e.g. Computers and information technology, computer accessories, communication devices, camera & camcorder, audio & visual products, smart devices, etc.
  • Leisure & Entertainment Product
    e.g. Entertainment technology devices, gifts & crafts, outdoor, leisure & sports, stationery, games & hobby product design, etc.