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Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award

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AIGA Medalist Sylvia Harris (1953–2011) is widely recognized as a pioneer, a generous mentor and a vital inspiration to the field of social impact design. In that spirit, the graphic design competition Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award has been established to honor her legacy by supporting other vanguards dedicated to public design.


The project must address a pressing social issue within the designer’s community (or a community in which the designer is deeply embedded), can be implemented within that community in a timely manner, deliver positive results that can be measured, and applicants must clearly demonstrate the ability to execute and follow through with the implementation process.

All award applications will be reviewed by an independent committee of creative professionals, business, civic and nonprofit leaders. Projects will be evaluated on concept, viability and potential for impact.

All concepts remain the intellectual property of the applicants.

There is no entry fee for this graphic design competition.

The Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award is for practicing professionals based in the United States from all design disciplines (graphic, product, architecture, interior, interactive, service design, etc.).

It's free to enter!


The winning project will be announced approximately one month after the deadline, and it will receive 10,000 USD toward its implementation.

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