Call for applications: Better Together Exhibition
Better Together, hosted by IDSA and AIGA is now accepting entries! “Better Together” will celebrate the diversity and excellence of the design practice within the Bay Area, and aims to recognize Bay Area designers of all disciplines - not limited to industrial, graphic, product. This exhibit will be displayed for two months at the Center for Architecture and Design, and is free to the general public during business hours. Ballots will be cast by all exhibition attendees for the Better Together: People's Choice Award, which will recognize one stand out Bay Area designer.

Deadline extended to March 29th, 2017
11:59 PM PST Deadline for submission

April 6, 2017
Application fees due

April 10, 2017
Announcement of acceptance

May 4, 2017
Opening night event

May 4 - June 29, 2017
Exhibition open to the public

June 30, 2017
People’s Choice award announced
Exhibition ends

Open to all Bay Area professionals, students and design enthusiasts with a background or work experience in design. Nominated work can be conceptual, in full production, or anything in between.

Non member of IDSA & AIGA
$20 submission
$75 participation fee

Member of IDSA & AIGA
Free submission
$50 participation fee

How to Enter:
Please read the Submission Guidelines below before entering:
  1. Send Entry to
  2. Up to 5 low resolution samples of the work you would display in exhibition
  3. Total attachment must not exceed 5MB.
  4. JPG, PDF, GIF accepted
  5. Do not include your name or any pictures of yourself in any of the submissions. Entries with designer identification in the Work will be disqualified.
  6. Include the following information in plain text:

    - Name
    - Email
    - Phone
    - Address

    - Minimum dimension of space you will need if selected, and what artifacts you would showcase (2D poster, 3D models, etc)

    - Company OR school with your major (if you are a student)

    - Are you available to attend the Opening Show on May 3, 2017? This does not affect the work selection.

    - Please type: “I understand that in the event my work is selected for the Show, I am responsible for my own show setup and take down following the show that complies with Better Together Design Show. (Your Name and Date here)”

To merit consideration as a Qualified Entry, the Work must meet all of the following criteria (“Entry Requirements”):

  • Entrant must be a design professional in the Bay area that includes East Bay, San Jose, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and North Bay, with a background or work experience in design.

  • The work to be submitted to the show must be in digital format and sent to Entries will NOT be accepted via physical delivery.

  • The work may be produced in any medium but must be submitted to the show as JPEG (or JPG) format, GIF format, or PDF format up to 5 JPG/PDF/GIF. The total size of the files must be 5Mb or smaller. (Do not send 5 JPGS that are 5Mb each.)

  • The Work must not be inappropriate, libelous or defamatory, harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, excessively violent, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or offensive, obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit.

  • All submissions must be designed by the Entrant or belong to a team in which Entrant is the design lead. By entering the Show, the Entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted work is the work designed by the Entrant, that the work does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the work. Entries that are accepted for the show that contain brand names, trademarks or company logos require permission from the company to exhibit.

  • The work must not involve physical harm to any person or animal.The work may not use any watermarks or artist signatures.

  • Security and Liability - The displays will be in set up in a secure office/ gallery space and open during office hours M-F 9-5pm however IDSA-SF and AIGA are not responsible for damage to work if incurred.

  • In the event the work is accepted, the Entrant accepts full responsibility for the setup and take down of their work for the show that complies with the Show regulations. The Entrant does not have to be present for the show, though it is strongly encouraged.

    All works submitted will remain the exclusive property of the Entrant. IDSA and AIGA (further defined as Sponsor and Producer respectively) will have the right to use all of the Works submitted as part of the Show, and all images depicted therein, in any promotion or for any non-commercial purpose. By submitting the Work, the Entrant grants the Sponsor and Producer the non-exclusive, unlimited and royalty-free rights to publish in all media now known or hereafter discovered, and publicly display all Work for an unlimited period and worldwide.

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