Design Week Awards 2023 judges revealed

Collins vice president Astrid Stavro, ANNA chief design officer Daljit Singh, Dell Technologies Principal product designer Ruben Cespedes and Special Projects co-founder Clara Gaggero Westaway are among those named so far.

We are delighted to announce the first wave of expert judges who will form part of the independent panel selecting this year’s Design Week Award shortlist and winners.

Collins vice president Astrid Stavro

Collins vice president Astrid Stavro will be joined by the likes of Koto CEO and co-founder James Greenfield, How&How co-founder and CEO Cat How and Design Bridge executive creative director Yvonne Eng-Hall in the Communication section. This covers our Identity awards, Packaging, Brand Campaigns, Brand Strategy, Writing for Design, Sonic Identities and much more.

Design Bridge executive creative director Yvonne Eng-Hall

In the Digital section, our judges include Special Projects co-founder and creative director Clara Gaggero Westaway, ANNA chief design officer Daljit Singh, Superunion creative director Jessica Tan and Dell Technologies principal product designer Ruben Cespedes. Digital takes in: Interaction Design; App Design; TV, Film and Video Graphics and much more.

ANNA chief design officer Daljit Singh

So far our Spaces section includes Universal Design Studio director Paul Gulati, Nissen Richards director Pippa Nissen and DNCO wayfinding strategist Alan Stevenson. In this section you’ll find everything from Exhibition Design, Retail Interiors and Hospitality Interiors to Wayfinding and Environmental Graphics.

Universal Design Studio director Paul Gulati

On Products and Furniture we already have Blond founder and creative director James Melia, Morrama creative lead Léa Berger and McCloy + Muchenwa co-founder Bongani Muchemwa among others. Both Consumer and Industrial Product design will be under the microscope along with Furniture and Lighting design.

Morrama creative lead Léa Berger

In the Landmark section you’ll find our Design, Climate, Action: Designing Sustainably award, inspired by this content series of the same name as well as Social Design, Service Design and best in-house design team. We’ll be announcing who’s judging in this section very soon.

By assigning judges to particular category groups it ensures that a healthy debate is encouraged as they are placed alongside others with similar expertise. This means that our scoring system is representative and a set of fair results is achieved at the end of the process, which is helped by the fact that we expect to have around 45 judges. Browse the full list of categories here.

We’re still confirming many more names for each section behind the scenes and will be announcing these in due course, so stay tuned. You can read about all the judges as they’re confirmed here.

You can read more about what we’re trying to do with this year’s awards here.

If you want to enter the awards, everything you need to know is here.





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