The Best of 2023 project is part of an ongoing initiative by AIGA Arizona to catalog and chronicle the people and creativity that make up Arizona's vibrant design community. Each year since 2014, the Best Of exhibition has been shown in person and virtually during the Phoenix Design Week conference, and we’re thrilled to be on display again this year at Phoenix Art Museum.
Every entry (space permitting) will be presented in a physical display during the PHXDW conference on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, as well as in an online gallery for digital entries that will open for viewing on October 2.
BEST OF 2023 VOTING: Community & Conference
Unlike a traditional design competition, there are no official judges and no categories — this is a "people's choice" voting process. Pre-pandemic, only PHXDW attendees were eligible to vote, but now that we have online galleries (thank you Incentive Pilot!) in addition to an in-person display, we'll be conducting both a Community online vote as well as an in-person Conference vote.
Once the Best of 2023 online gallery goes live on October 2, anyone anywhere will be able to view, log in, and vote for their favorites until Friday, October 6. We'll compile that tally as the Community winner.
Then, during the PHXDW UNITE Conference from October 7-8, only in-person attendees will be able to view the physical display at Phoenix Art Museum and cast their votes. Both the Community and the Conference Best of 2023 winners will be announced from the stage on Sunday, October 8. Will the winner be the same entry in both votes? Hmmm, you'll have to wait and see!
The Best Of 2023 winner receives a free pass to next year’s Phoenix Design Week, a blog profile on our website, and is included in the graphics for the following year.
In the voting, viewers are asked to evaluate each entry and vote for the one(s) that exhibit the best that design can be. When deciding what to submit, consider how your project:
- Solves a challenge in a unique way
- Communicates a message effectively
- Demonstrates an inspired degree of creativity, talent, and skill
- Makes excellent use of the medium – printed or digital
- Marks a significant milestone or point in time
- Surprises and delights your audience
- Is a source of pride for you!
The rules are easy: There is no entry fee – yay! The only requirements are (a) you must have been a resident of Arizona at the time the piece was created, (b) the project was first created between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023, and (c) there is a limit of 2 entries per person/firm (for items such as a brand project or a campaign, please submit multiple related executions as a single entry). Form submission deadline is Friday, September 8, 2023 at midnight.
Hint: Don’t get hung up on the “Best Of” title – if you have worked on something that you are justifiably proud of, please send it in. The true goal of this initiative is to build AIGA Arizona’s historical archive of the designers that live and work in our state, the clients and organizations we work for, and the design trends over the years. And having your work displayed IRL at Phoenix Art Museum this year – hello, how awesome is that?
No matter who you are — individual designer, agency, in-house group, and students — we want to see and show off what you have been working on this year. Ready, set, go: show us YOUR best of 2023!
Have a previous year's project to contribute to the ongoing AIGA AZ Design Archive?
Go ahead and use this form to send it in — just enter the original date it was created or launched in the Date Created field. We're gradually building online galleries categorized by year from all previous Best Of submissions, and we'd love to represent your noteworthy work as part of Arizona's design legacy, too! For more information, contact Kathy Morgan.