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The Design 730 Competition

Every 730 days, AIGA Cleveland hosts a biennial competition which inevitably discovers and celebrates the best of the best in design. This competition is a part of AIGA Cleveland’s ongoing effort to promote and support the work of exceptional design talent residing in Northeast Ohio. Not only does the contest spread a positive message about the benefits of design, our chapter believes the competition plays a significant role in demonstrating the important contributions that design provides our community.

The panel of esteemed judges made up of the industry’s top creative professionals, are invited to Cleveland to evaluate the competition entries. The panel is entrusted with the task of choosing select pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing and effective at solving challenges in the following categories: Integrated Campaigns, Identity, 2D Design, 3D Design, Interactive, and Student Work.

This competition was formerly named “Cleveland Design Competition” but is now known as AIGA Cleveland’s Design 730 Competition. The competition is held in the spring, one month prior to the exhibition of the selected entries and presentation of awards.

The Exhibition and Awards Presentation

The night of the exhibition kicks off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception while guests preview the judges’ selection of entries on display in a local gallery. Once the program begins, the Judges’ Choice and Best in Show awards are presented to the recipients. The evening concludes with rounds of congratulations and cocktails. In 2013, the exhibition was held at The Galleries at Cleveland State University.

AIGA Cleveland is honored to host the biennial competition for the Cleveland design community through the gracious support of yearly partnerships and sponsors.

2015 Competition Dates

  • Deadline to submit entries: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
  • Meet the Judges event at the Transformer Station: Saturday April 18, 2015
  • Awards Reception at SPACES: Friday May 8, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENDED: We’ve extended the Design 730 submission deadline to MONDAY, APRIL 6th. All entries must be completed and received by this date in order to be considered.

In addition to the drop off times already announced, entries can be dropped off at Blue Star Design Monday & Tuesday (March 30, 31st and April 6th) between 12:30pm and 4:30pm.

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The Identity

Design 730 Identity
2015 Design 730 identity by
Katie Daugherty
2013 Judges’ Choice Student Award recipient