Prints from Cambio el Mundo, visual communication professional runner up

There’s no shortage of design awards hosted by major players all over the world—from the London Design Museum to the Cooper Hewitt in NYC, and of course AIGA’s own Cased. To stand out from the slew of competitions vying for designers’ best work, an organization has to set itself apart in some way, like going super niche or big and broad. The Core77 Design Awards skew towards the latter, and manages to hit 14 key categories—all with separate, specialized juries—and all without watering down its vision.

Another reason the Core77 Design Awards is tops on our list each year is because it throws students in along with the pros and judges them on equal ground. In fact, this year the jurors noted how impressed they were by the high level of research and execution they saw from student entries, often even eclipsing the work by the pros. Also of note: the rise in socially minded projects that focused “on creating a lasting positive impact rather than on more superficial design elements.”

There’s another change to the 2015 lineup worth noting, too: it’s the first time Core77 is opening voting up to the public to pick the winner of the inaugural Core77 Community Choice Prize. Scan through the scads of excellent honorees and pick one—just one—grand prize entry. The winner will get a trip to the 2015 Core77 Conference in L.A., and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of three free tickets, too.

Voting closes on June 22; pick your fave now.

Clifton Engagement Ring Case packaging, professional notable
Clifton Engagement Ring Case packaging, professional notable