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December 7, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)

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Grand Prize: $1,000


We all know strong presentation skills are an incredibly important part of being a designer. It doesn't matter whether you design buildings, apps, or even simple products; the ability to present your work with confidence is essential. So then the question arises, "Why are presentation skills so poorly taught in school and largely undeveloped in professional life?"

Could it be that we are afraid to put ourselves out there, experiment, make mistakes, and thereby improve? Without the chance to learn and practice we think, "Well, I'm not a good public speaker." It becomes tempting and easy to never practice, never share, and inadvertently hurt your career.

What would you do if you could present anything with confidence? What if you could explain your vision for your design in a few minutes and have the listener go, "Wow, that's amazing." The question then becomes, how can you progress towards that future, today?

This brings us to the Design Presentation Competition.

This is your challenge, deliver an inspiring 3-5 minute presentation of something you've created. To showcase your efforts, you'll be recording your presentation to submit for award consideration.

Step 1

The first step is to decide on what design you will be presenting. It must be something you created and something in the design field. It can be architecture, art, a product, app, etc. 

Step 2

Prepare for your presentation. Pretend that you are presenting to someone important. Your presentation must be between 3-5 minutes. 

Step 3

Record yourself delivering the presentation. You can use slides, printed boards, an iPad, books, photographs, screens, etc. Just remember, this is not a video making contest, it is a gauge of how well you present. We should be able to see your face nearly the entire time, no voice overs. (View Video Guidelines for complete rules list.)

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Submission Guidelines

Challenge: Record yourself presenting a design you have worked on and are passionate about for 3 -5 minutes.

Details: The purpose of this challenge is to see how you can present your design, in a few minutes, in an inspirational way.

Submission Items

  • Youtube or Vimeo link to your presentation video
  • Written Design Description: Provide some brief details about the design you presented and why you selected it for this competition. Must be in English. 500 words or fewer.
  • Banner Image: One image of the design you presented. Must be 16x9 landscape orientation. We prefer 1920x1080 pixels. 3MB file size limit.
  • Optional: 1-3 bonus images of your design that bring it to life.

Video Guidelines

  • Presentation video must be in English
  • No excessive cuts or edits allowed in the video. Must be straightforward
  • The video should contain nothing except the designer(s) talking.
  • We must be able to see your face. No voice overs.
  • No post-production wizardry please; this is not a video making contest, it is a gauge of how well you present. If you’re going to spend time making something cool, put it into your design.
  • No music or weird sound effects.
  • You may use tools like slides, printed boards, an iPad, books, photographs, etc.

Award Criteria

All submissions will be shared with the anonymous jury who will select the Grand Prize Winner. 

All approved videos will be opened to public voting. This public voting will be live on until December 28. The submission with the most verified votes will be deemed the Designer's Choice Award winner.

All winners and finalists will be announced on December 31.


Submission deadline: December 7, 2020

Winners announced by: December 31, 2020


  • Presentation video must be in English
  • All text must be in English
  • Must be an original work, created by the submitter
  • You may work as an individual or in a group or team
  • DesignClass reserves the right to suspend the competition and refund entry fees.
  • Participants retain rights to their submissions.
  • Participants grant DesignClass & GoArchitect license to publish submissions online and in print.
  • Open to anyone from anywhere


  • When is the submission deadline?

    December 7, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)

  • When is the winner announced?

    December 31, 2020 (11:59 PM PST)

  • Can I participate as a team?

    Yes, the competition is open to individuals and teams.

  • What is the maximum size of a team?

    No limit on the number of team members. However, each person must have a role in the presentation.

  • What is the entry fee?

    $34.99 for professionals and professional teams. $14.99 for students and student teams.

  • Can I register with a mixed team of students and professionals?

    Yes, however you must register using the Professional Team option of $34.99

  • Do I really have to submit a video?

    Yes, you must submit a video of your presentation.

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