On top of making an outstanding impact on your loyal and potential clients, boosting your team’s morale and attracting top talent, participating in a competition like the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN opens up global recognition opportunities and creates visibility and media coverage.
Whether your project ends up winning or not, you will have won in more ways than one!
1. GLOBAL RECOGNITION
An award granted by the prestigious GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards is a stamp of excellence, a reference in its own that will lead to worldwide coverage, notoriety, and visibility.
The impressive list of award-winning laureates in the first 16 editions of the competition includes promising young studios as well as leading firms responsible for some of the most praised projects and products with world-renowned design.
A LIFETIME RIGHT OF USE
The GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN award logo is a useful tool to highlight the quality of your design. You will receive a lifetime license to use and integrate the contest logo into your own communication tools.
Studies show that the integration of a prestigious contest logo into a firm’s presentation plays a favourable role in influencing clients’ decision making.
THE GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN AWARDS TROPHY, ICONIC IN EVERY WAY
The uniquely designed GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN trophy is an inspiring piece bringing pride of place in your office or studio. Each year, a new color is introduced inside the emblematic box.
Start or build your collection now!
SHAPE YOUR FATE
Winning a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award has the potential to help you gain recognition as a leading design expert in your field.
This could lead to the freedom to choose to work with the clients you want and eventually reach new heights.
A CAREER JUMP-STARTER LIKE NO OTHER
For young studios working on making their brand known and on earning a reputation in their field, entering design competitions is an efficient marketing strategy and a smart way to make connections in the community. There simply is no better credibility-builder than an award granted by a prestigious and renowned international trade contest.
2. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION
PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE AND BE SEEN
Participating in the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards will get you press coverage and online exposure, not to mention something new and exciting to post on your social media feeds.
MAKE YOUR WIN THE CENTERPIECE OF YOUR MARKETING PLAN
› Print your winning certificate and display it proudly
› Add “Award-winning” to all company/product descriptions
› Insert the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN logo to your email signature
› Spread the word about your nomination by contacting media in your industry and region. Inform the blogs that are covering the fields relevant to your industry.
3. GUARANTEED MEDIA COVERAGE
A TRIBUNE ON THE INT.DESIGN PORTAL
Each entry participant will benefit from visibility on the INT.design portal, an online content platform aimed at promoting excellence in design and architecture.
All images of submitted projects and products as well as applicants’ firm contact information will be added free of charge onto the GET INSPIRED search engine of the resourceful Web portal.
Platinum, Grands Winners and Award of the Year winners will be published, bringing awarded project and product visibility to a broader audience. INTÉRIEURS is distributed, on the Web and in print, to a wide range of professionals, businesses, and potentials clients. A presence in this publication ensures lasting coverage and prestige to winners.
YOUR PROFILE FEATURED ON THE GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN AWARDS WEBSITE
Each certified and winning project and product will receive visibility and a page in the CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS section of the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN website.
4. IMPRESS YOUR LOYAL AND POTENTIAL CLIENTS
Whether it be to maintain current clients or win over new ones, the “GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award-winning” tag and logo that winners are licenced to use validate the excellence of your work and give your clients and prospects the confidence boost often needed to commit to choosing and investing in your services.
SEE AN INCREASE IN DEMAND
Award-winning designs obtain the kind of exposure that tends to increase product sales and project orders significantly. The GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Winner logo helps undecided prospects make a reliable decision to invest more easily.
Participating in such a renowned competition is an investment that you can rely on throughout your firm’s life. More recognition and fame means more business and success.
MAKE YOUR BRAND STAND OUT
The GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards is an independent endorsement and an outstanding indicator of success. Becoming a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards winner will set you apart from the competition. Whether applying for your project design or for a sustainable concept, by carefully selecting the category you enter, you can create a niche that will make you stand out from your competitors and increase your chances of winning an award.
INCREASE YOUR CREDIBILITY
The GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards act as a third-party endorsement for your business and a reputable indicator of excellence. Our Winner logo acts as a stamp of quality for potential customers and can become an effective part of your sales strategy.
Winning an award such as the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN and having it known is a great way of differentiating your company from competitors.
YOUR CLIENTS WILL LOVE IT!
Clients love validation too. To have their project or product win an award not only validates their design choices, but their choice of designer. Being quoted in an industry publication, seeing their name on a project credit list or, better yet, being able to show their boss that a company project has been recognized by others, is a valued achievement for your client. Even simply submitting the work to a competition signifies that you are confident and proud of the work you did for them. That can only strengthen your ties and often leads to more work and contracts.
5. TEAM RECOGNITION
BOOST MORALE AND POP THE CHAMPAGNE
Winning a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award is a very public way of recognizing your team’s hard work and achievements. Awards simply are the best excuse to celebrate the hard work paying off! It is an efficient way to boost your troops’ morale and fuel them up for new challenges to overcome on the design battlefield.
ATTRACT THE BEST TALENTS
Let’s be honest, designers and architects all want to work for firms where they can see their creativity shine and have the chance to receive awards and distinctions. Perfection attracts perfection. Award-winning firms usually have the opportunity to work with the best talents, who will want to join forces with a winning team.
LIVE-ON-STAGE MOMENT OF GLORY
During the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Galas held in Québec City and Montréal, award winners will be announced live and Grand Prix, Grand Prix International and Award of the Year winners will be welcomed onstage. They will receive their award trophy in front of industry VIPs and fellow award nominees.
Connect with industry professionals worldwide and forge new opportunities by networking at our Gala evenings.
The GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN awards Gala is a great opportunity to celebrate with peers!
Embrace the public recognition you deserve as we honour the individuals and teams whose collective imaginations create the products and spaces that inspire us every day.
Being recognized as a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards winner will help build and strengthen your brand, attracting new talents and interesting potential investors and collaborators.
6. WHETHER YOU WIN OR NOT
Winning, of course, brings validation and acclaim, but it’s not all about the glory. There is actually a business case to be made for entering design competitions – whether you win or not. Sure, there’s nothing better than receiving an award for your work and being respected and recognized for it. But even if external validation is great, there are other benefits to putting your work “out there” for evaluation. They may seem like lesser benefits than those associated with an award, but they most certainly are real and unneglectable. Here are just a few:
A VALUABLE BUSINESS EXERCISE
The act of preparing an entry for a competition requires revisiting a project and writing a design narrative that validates the visuals. This is often a difficult exercise for creative team members but is actually essential in understanding the underlying value of design.
Preparing design competition entries is good practice for presenting your work to clients, community organizations, funders, and other stakeholders. And since practice makes perfect, applying will heighten your skills!
MORALE BOOSTER, MOTIVATOR AND TEAM BUILDER
Submitting work to a design competition sends a loud and strong message to your team. It says: “We’re proud of what we do together!” This can be very motivating for the team members involved, especially if you go out of your way to acknowledge everyone in the organization who contributed to the project’s success.
If done as a team exercise, working on competition entries brings even more benefits. In a team meeting, you can contribute and compare ideas about how the work was innovative, powerful, or highly effective in solving the client’s problem. And again, it’s good practice for articulating core values to your clients and prospects.
Preparing competition entries is good practice for articulating your team’s core values and subsequently communicating them to your clients and prospects.
■ The winners ■ Gala ■ Photo Gallery