FAQ

Q1. Who should participate?

Design's owner or client, the brand's owner, its designer or its design consultancy are eligible to submit the recent designs that launched in one or more Asian markets between 1st  January 2015 and 31st May 2017. 

 

Q2. What is the submission process?

Step one: Create a company account

  • Read the terms and conditions
  • Register a company account for login to system

Step two: Entry Submission

  • Add entry (ies)
  • Select payment method and process payment

Step three: Payment

  • Select entry (ies)
  • Select payment method and process payment

Step four: Arrange Materials*

  • Pack design(s)/product(s) and supporting materials (optional) with entry number label, and then send to the secretariat (except for environmental design discipline)

*Entrants should be responsible for all the costs for the transportation or return of any design (s)/products, insurance, liability involved, etc.

 

Q3. What should I do if I created an account but didn't receive the activation email?

The system will send you a notification with activation link to your email box once your account is created. Since it is an auto-sent email, please check the junk mailbox if necessary.

 

Q4. How many entries can I submit?

There is no limitation on the number of entries for each company.

 

Q5. What if I do not know which categories shall I participate?

Please choose the most appropriate category amongst 26 design categories. The organiser reserves the right to rearrange the category of the entry.

 

Q6. What language to be used in the online submission system?

The official language of the Awards is English. The DFA Design for Asia Awards respects all culture and language. However, as an International Premium Award in the region, International experts from different countries and regions will be invited to be the DFA Design for Asia Awards Judging Panel. To facilitate the judging session, we require entrants to provide information in English on the entry form, while supporting materials (optional) in original language is allowed. All the information will be reference to the online submission system, please aware of the upper/ lower case or space of the entry/ entrant name wherever appropriate.

 

Q7. What is the fee per entry?

Promotional Period: 1st – 30th April 2017 (Hong Kong time): HK$900
Regular Period: 1st May – 30th June 2017 (Hong Kong time): HK$1,800
For winning entry, a mandatory Publication and Promotion Fee will be applied.

 

Q8. What kind of payment methods are available? Any extra charge?

Entrants could pay online by PayPal(Visa Card, Master Card, American Express), China Unionpay and Alipay. For Hong Kong Entrants, payment could also be settled by cheque  and PPS.

An extra service fee will be applied to some payment methods:

PayPal (Visa Card, Master Card, American Express), China Unionpay, American Express: 3% of Entry Fee/ Publication & Promotion Fee + HK$5 per Entry

Bank T/T: HK$300 per transaction (which can carry one or more entries

 

Q9. Do I have to submit an actual design?

Entrants have to submit the actual product and other relevant information to the DFA Design for Asia Awards Secretariat by 12 May 2017 (for Promotional Period (April) entries) or by 7 July 2017 (for Regular Period (May & June) entries). For details, please refer to the "Checklist for Materials Arrangement (Stage 5 of online submission)".

Entrants should responsible for all the costs for the transportation or return of any design(s)/ product(s), insurance, liability involved, etc.Entrants should responsible for all the costs for the transportation or return of any design(s)/ product(s), insurance, liability involved, etc.

 

Q10. How do I know if my actual product has reached the Secretariat office?

The Secretariat will send you a confirmation email within 2 weeks after receiving the actual product.

 

Q11. What kind of images should I upload?

Each entry is required to upload minimum 6 images and up to 10 images. For environmental design entries, recommended to upload the maximum number of images (ten) to the online submission to facilitate the judging.

Image Requirement:

  • Format: JPEG or PNG (RGB color mode) only
  • Resolution: One of the sides should be at least 2400 pixels
  • Max. Size: 5 MB each

Note:

  • No rendering images
  • No entrant / designer(s) / company name / logo on the images

Q12. Can I amend the submitted information/image?

You can amend the online submission information on or before the submission deadline, i.e. 30 June 2017.

 

Q13. What will happen if one of the judges is involved in the submitted entry?

Members of the DFA Design for Asia Awards Judging Panel will declare interest if they are involved in any of the participating entry.

 

Q14. When will the results be announced?

Both winners and non-winners will be notified in September 2017 (to be confirmed). Public announcement will be made in mid-November 2017 (exact date to be confirmed).

 

Q15. Can I get back my entry if not winning an award?

Yes, in step 5 of the online submission, please tick "YES" for ITEMS RETURN (note: posters, CD-Roms, perishables and beverage items are not returnable).The Secretariat will contact the non-winning entrants for entry return. If the secretariat does not hear the return arrangement from the non-winning entrants, such entry may subject to disposal. For the winning entrants, their entries will be kept for at least 1 year for exhibitions, etc.

The Entrant should be responsible for all the costs for the transportation or return of any design(s)/ product(s), insurance, liability involved, etc.

 

For Winners:

Q16. What will be the arrangement of the winning entries?

All winning entries will be kept for showcase in Design for Asia Awards travelling exhibition(s) for a minimum of one year (Dec 2017 to Dec 2018). The Entrant should responsible for all the costs for the transportation or return of any design(s)/ product(s), insurance, liability involved, etc. after the exhibition.

 

Q17. Is there any fee applied to winning entries?

Other than the entry fee, a Publication and Promotion Fee is applied for the winning entry:   

Publication and Promotion Fee (mandatory for winning entry)
Grand Award, Grand Award for Culture / Sustainability /Technology : HK$5,500
Grand Award with Special Mention: HK$3,000
Gold Award: HK$4,500
Silver Award: HK$3,500
Bronze Award: HK$3,500
Merit: HK$2,500

 

Q18. What are the benefits of a winner?

Design for Asia Awards is a significant event for the international design community. Winners will have the privileges of the following:

  • Invitation to the DFA Awards Presentation Ceremony in early December
  • One trophy (except Grand Award with Special Mention & Merit Award)
  • One certificate
  • Authorized to use the DFADesign for Asia Awards endorsement mark for promotion
  • Featured in DFA Awards book 2017 with one complimentary copy
  • Showcased in the DFA Awards Exhibition
  • Opportunity to be invited as a speaker of Business of Design Week (BODW) or other design forum 
  • Opportunity to be invited as a speaker of Business of Design Week (BODW) or other design forum