EXHIBITOR Magazine's Exhibit Design Awards honor the world's best trade show exhibit designs. The most coveted design award in the industry, the competition draws domestic and international entrants from countries such as Turkey, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Trade show exhibit designs debuting between Nov. 14, 2011, and Nov. 14, 2013, are eligible for the 2014 competition.



(For biographies, click on jurors' names.)

Margo Chase
founder and executive creative director,
Chase Design Group,
Los Angeles
John Clark
founder and
design director,
El Segundo, CA
Curt Doty
senior vice president,
West Coast digital and creative services, Weber Shandwick, Los Angeles
Wayne Hunt
founding principal,
Hunt Design Associates,
Pasadena, CA
Michael Hodgson
partner, Ph.D,
Santa Monica, CA
Robin Perkins
Selbert Perkins Design,
Playa Del Ray, CA
James Robie
James Robie Design Associates, Los Angeles
Regina Rubino
Image: Global Vision,
Santa Monica, CA
Simon Adlam
director of exhibits,
Natural History Museum
of Los Angeles County,
Los Angeles

See the Judges page for details.

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  • Before and After — Exhibit refurbishment projects, showing “before” and “after” views. More than 50 percent of “before” exhibits must be reused in “after” projects. List reused components in synopsis, and label images “before” and “after.”
  • Double-Deck
  • Excellent Elements — Innovative elements or materials that are part of a larger exhibit. While not subcategories, the following types of elements are eligible. Written summaries should indicate which element you want judges to consider and should include descriptions pertaining to these specific components.
  • Components — Examples include a stairway, lounge, reception desk, product display, light fixture, conference room, ceiling, etc.
  • Graphics — Graphic design for the entire exhibit, and/or individual applications or purposes, such as the use of info graphics, way-finding systems, use of photography, product-display graphics, overhead-signage design, etc.
  • Materials — Innovative use of materials within an exhibit. This includes everything from the way in which the material is used to the material itself.
  • Product/Service Demonstration — In-booth product- or service-demo stations, kiosks, displays, etc.
  • Technology — Innovative and effective use of technology throughout the majority of the exhibit.
  • Experiential Exhibits — Exhibits expressly designed to create an experience for attendees, i.e., an exhibit design that activates attendees' senses and goes above and beyond a static architectural structure.
  • Green Exhibits — Exhibits that reduce the negative impact on the environment, as realized through sustainability, eco-friendly or recycled materials, and/or a reduction of energy consumption. List all Green elements and practices involved in the entry.
  • In-Line
  • Interactive Exhibits — Exhibits designed to actively engage attendees and provide an environment within which they can interact with the product, the structure, technology, other attendees, staffers, etc.
  • International Designer — Exhibits designed by companies located outside the United States.
  • International Exhibit — Exhibits designed by U.S. companies for trade shows outside the United States.
  • Island
  • Lighting Design — Lighting design for the entire exhibit.
  • Peninsula
  • Self-Promotion — Exhibits that promote exhibit designers, producers, or manufacturers.
  • Small Booths — Exhibits 200 square feet or less.
  • Small Budgets — Exhibits designed and built using less than $75 per square foot.
  • Use of Storytelling — An exhibit that's specifically designed to tell the story of a product, users, brand, etc.

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Awards / Feature Articles

One EDGE Award (for Exhibit Design and Graphic Excellence) and multiple Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards are offered.

Each winner receives a feature in EXHIBITOR's May issue, read by 30,000 corporate marketing professionals who manage trade show exhibits, corporate events, and meetings. Winning entrants also receive a trophy and recognition at the EXHIBITOR Show.

All entries are considered for use in features and portfolios unrelated to the competition.

View articles featuring winners from the 2013 Exhibit Design Awards.

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How to Enter

Entry Form

Download the entry form for complete information about entry requirements (entry form, project summary, visuals, floorplan, and entry fee).

Eligible Entrants

Exhibit designers, fabricators, and their clients may enter.

Deadline / Fees

Nov. 15, 2013 ($150); Nov. 29, 2013 ($190)

Summary Examples / Do's and Don'ts

To improve your chances of winning, see examples of well-written project summaries, including a helpful list of do's and don'ts.

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Contact Us

Contact program manager Linda Armstrong at larmstrong@exhibitormagazine.com if you have additional questions.

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