Macau Design Award 2021
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Call for Entries
18 May 2021
Free of charge for this stage
A. Online registration:
B. Finish application form and upload works: image (max. 5) can be JPEG or PNG / 72 dpi or above / no larger than 2MB for each;
C. Product, Packaging, Type, Publication, Poster, Illustration and Animation Entries (Category C/S3, D/S4, E/S5, F/S6, G/S7, H/S8, I/S9): Single and Series work are allowed, max. 5 works per series;
D. Edited film is suggested for User Interface Design (Category J/S10), video should be provided for online assessment;
E. The video will be only used for assessment.
Jury Online Sharing
15-30 Aug 2021
International Jurors Online Sharing
End of Application
31 Aug 2021
Macau time zone 23:59 (GMT +08:00)
First Assessment Result
15 Sep 2021
Applicants can check the result through the
Additional Information Submission
15 Sep-15 Oct 2021
(Early Bird session until 30 Sep 2021)
A. Printed works do not needed for assessment this year.
B. Applicant should download and fill in the application form, submit the real photo and video to;
C. The real photo should taken by the real work, rendering or effect photos would not be accepted;
D. The video should not be mentioned any information outside the design works, including but not limited to the entrant’s information and appearance;
E. Payment of participation fee should be finished and receipt should be uploaded to the entrant’s personal account on the website to finish the application process;
F. If there is any violation, the Organizer reserve the right to disqualify the Entries.
Winning Works Collection
16 Nov-25 Dec 2021
A. Winners will be notified for the details of mailing the winning works for exhibition1;
B. Winners or interested parties could register for the pre-order of Award Trophy, Award Certificate, Award Book and souvenirs2;
Exhibition and Award Ceremony
January 2022
Winners will be invited to the Exhibition and Award Ceremony
1. All the winners will be notified by the registered email, which should be confirmed accurate;
Works should be sent by courier according the instructions, all mailing expenses are responsible by the winners, freight collect is not accepted.
2. Award Trophy and Award Certificate are only opened for purchase for the Award Winners;
mailing expenses are differed from regions and should be selected together with the order;
Ordering system:
The above regulations may be subject to change. Any updates will be announced on the official website.


  • Thomas Widdershoven,
    Nikki Gonnissen
  • Kazunari Hattori
  • Jaemin Lee
  • Mei Shuzhi
  • Hong Chong Ip
  • Thomas Widdershoven & Nikki Gonnissen, Thonik

    Thomas Widdershoven & Nikki Gonnissen, Thonik(The Netherland)

    Nikki Gonnissen and Thomas Widdershoven are founders of Thonik. Thonik is a design studio based in Amsterdam, focused on change. We like to empower our clients with a bold visibility. We combine research and experiments to connect online, offline and on site communication. In 2019 we published a monograph ‘Why We Design’ (in English, available through Lars Müller publishers and in Chinese, available through the Power Station of Art (PSA) in Shanghai). At the PSA we had an exhibition under the same title that attracted a record-breaking 150,000 visitors.

    Thonik did many prize-winning projects in culture, politics and governance, teaming up with clients that reflect our values. At the moment we work on the visual identity of the Museum M+ in Hong Kong, as well as on the communication of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The city of Amsterdam, The University of Amsterdam and The Holland Festival. Thonik’s work is collected by major museums world wide like the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

    Nikki Gonnissen and Thomas Widdershoven are active in design research and education. Nikki Gonnissen was international president of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). Thomas Widdershoven was creative director and chair of the Design Academy Eindhoven. He curated 4 exhibitions at Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven on the current state of design.

    Last year thonik moved into their new studio building. The six storey was self-designed and developed. The black and white stripes on the façade refer to the 1968 Mexico Olympics graphics by Lance Wyman.

  • Kazunari Hattori

    Kazunari Hattori(Japan)

    Born in Tokyo in 1964. Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (the present-day Tokyo University of the Arts) in 1988 with a degree in Design. In that year, he joined Light Publicity Co., Ltd. Since 2001, he has actively worked as an independent graphic designer and art director.

    Major Works: Advertisement Director for the Kewpie Corporation and East Japan Railway Company. Conducted art direction for magazines “Mayonaka,” “Ryuko Tsushin,” and “here and there.” Designed logos and visual identities for the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, Niigata City Museum, and Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art. Designed exhibition posters and announcements for the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Yokohama Museum of Art, and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. Designed book covers for dictionaries, including the “PETIT ROYAL French-Japanese Dictionary,” all published by Obunsha Co., Ltd.

    Major Awards: Mainichi Design Award, Tokyo ADC Award, Tokyo ADC Members’ Award, Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, Memorial Prize of Hiromu Hara, Tokyo TDC Members’ Award, and Tokyo TDC Grand Prix.

  • Jaemin Lee, studio fnt

    Jaemin Lee, studio fnt(Korea)

    Graphic designer. Jaemin Lee graduated from Seoul National University and founded a graphic design studio fnt in 2006. As an art director, he plays a key role in managing the visual aspects of many projects. He took part in several exhibitions such as Korea: Design + Poster (Munich, Germany), Typojanchi 2015: The 4th International Typography Biennale (Seoul, South Korea), Weltformat 15 (Luzern, Switzerland), and Korea Now! Craft, Design, Fashion and Graphic Design in Korea (Paris, France) and worked with clients like National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, National Theater of Korea, and Seoul Record Fair Organizing Committee on many cultural events and concerts.

    He also teaches Visual Communication Design at University of Seoul. He is an AGI(Alliance Graphique Internationale) member since 2016 and a full-time dad of two beautiful cats.

  • Mei Shuzhi, 702 design

    Mei Shuzhi, 702 design(Beijing)

    In 2010, Mei Shuzhi founded 702design in Beijing and serves as an art director. He is looking for freshness and interest from life, to make design explore more possibilities in life.

    Awards: New York ADC 96th Annual Awards Gold Award, Tokyo TDC 2019/2020 TDC Prize, DFA Design for Asia Awards 2019 Grand Award with Special Mention/Gold Award, GDC 2017/2020 Best Awards/Judge’s Choice Award, The 9th National Exhibition of Book Design in China Gold Award/Judge’s Choice Award, HKDA Global Design Awards 2019 Gold Award, etc. Originator and co-curated exhibitions: “SUPER PHOTO” exhibition 、“Big, or Small” exhibition, etc.

  • Hong Chong Ip, MO-Design

    Hong Chong Ip, MO-Design(Macau)

    Macao designer and brand consultant, Hong Chong Ip founded MO-DESIGN with partner Chao Sio Leong in 2010. With professional and creative merits on branding consultation through visual identity and spatial design, MO-DESIGN is the first Chinese design company invited by Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) to be the chief designer of the overall visual identity of the Design Awards held in Tokyo and Osaka in 2010. Hong and Chao have led the company to obtaining worldwide honours and awards in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, New York and Chicago.

    Since 2012, MO-DESIGN has expanded into various retail disciplines from designer products to fashion in Macao. The lifestyle brand “MOD Design Store" initiates innovative designs while "C" serves as an independent fashion boutique. In 2017, Hong further grew the retail business by establishing "The Grey Green"-a three-storey floral concept and lifestyle boutique.

    Hong specializes in creative reinterpretation of traditional culture and crafts in a modern way. Hong and Chao are frequently invited by renowned local and overseas companies and universities to hold workshops, seminars and training courses, all of which have promoted dialogues and bridged cooperation between Macao and international commercial and design industries.


Public Group

  • One Gold and Five Finalist of Category will be awarded for outstanding works in each category.
  • MDA Grand Prize, the highest honour, will be given to the best work among the Gold Awards of all categories.
  • Best New Macau Designer of the Year, given to the new talented Macau designer(s) under 39 years old.
  • Best of Printing Design Award by Polytrade Paper, the best printing work that significantly utilize techniques for printing.
  • Best of Macau Branding Design Award, given to Design Team and Client Partner respectively for outstanding work in Macau that significantly brought out the value of branding design.
  • The Lead of Macau Design, will be given to Five Design Teams and their Client Partners respectively for influential outstanding works in Macau.
  • Jury Awards, will be given to works favoured by each juror respectively.
If any work in a category is deemed to fall below award-winning standards set by the jury, part or all of the awards will be withheld.

Student Group

  • One Gold and Five Finalist of Category will be awarded for outstanding works in each category.
  • MDA Prize, the highest honour in Student Group, will be given to the best work among the Gold Awards of all categories and the winner will be awarded with MOP 10,000.
If any work in a category is deemed to fall below award-winning standards set by the jury, part or all of the awards will be withheld.
Public Group Serial
Student Group Serial
Corporate and Brand Identity Design
Event Identity Design
Product Design
Packaging Design
Type Design
Publication Design
Poster Design
Interface Design

Submission Fee and Payment


Macau entrants or Overseas entrants?
Public or Student group?
Number of single works
Number of series works

Sum of Admission fee

Please select your region, category and number of works

Payment method

Please select your region
Series works is not applicable to Corporate and Brand Identity Design, Event Identity Design & Interface Design
30% off discount will be given to payment finished within Early Bird Session.
All charges occurred due to payment should be responsible solely by the Entrant, and receipt should be uploaded to the official website. Incomplete submission could be regarded as abstention.

Contact us

Macau Designers Association
Rua Cinco do Bairro da Areia Preta, Edf. Industrial Veng Fong 7 Andar C, Macau
Contact: Ms. Wong
Phone: +853 2843 2814
Macau Designers Association
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Website designed by K2

Terms And Conditions

Terms and condition

1. Entry must be original work of Applicant; if plagiarizing, counterfeiting or stealing is found, the Organizer reserve the right to disqualify the Entrant’s entry; if the entry is already awarded, the reward as well as the award will be cancelled and returned.

2. The Organizer reserve the right of exhibits reproduction for promotional and recording purposes, and publishing exhibits in printed materials and collections of works;

3. When damage due to poor production or transportation that leads to impossible exhibit occurred, Entrant will need to arrange the transportation again and the extra expenses should be responsible solely and fully by the Entrant;

4. The Organizer will provide proper protect of the entry works, however, full risk and costs including but not limited to losses or potential damage due to theft, fire or transportation should be borne solely and fully by the Entrant;

5. The Organizer reserve the right to enter part of or all entries of shortlisted candidates into other regional or international exhibitions;

6. Entries will not be returned to Applicant;

7. The Organizer will not involved in the assignment of authorities for Entrant in group, including but not limited to the receipt of reward or award;

8. In submitting the Entrant’s Registration Application, the Entrant fully and unreservedly agrees to all the terms, clauses and conditions as above;

9. The Organizer reserve right of interpretation and final jurisdiction of rules of this competition.



Founded by the Macau Designers Association, the Macau Design Biennial has been held for twelve editions. It is a historical and professional design competition seeking for enhancing public appreciation of creative design and the importance of building a good corporate image for future economic and cultural development. The creativity and practicality of design enhances the inherent value of traditional culture and art, adding value to the cultural and creative industries.

Since 2017, the Macau Design Biennial turned from cross-strait platform to the new position of exploring international design new power. From policy to operation, we have tried many innovations and gradually aligned with international design competitions. In order to bring together the world's new superior design power, promote local design power in Macau, and shift the focus of activities from past exhibitions to the competition itself, the Macau Design Biennial will be officially renamed to "Macau Design Award" from now on.

The Macau Design Award will focus on the recognition of designers and customers, the promotion of design concepts, the exchange of regions and other platforms and also continue sticking to its tenet: find out talents in Macau, respond actively to the creative cultural policy from Macau government, and set up a cultural exchange platform.


Application is opened to the public. Designers, design team or company as well as student from all over the world are welcome to participate. For the student group, entrant must be a current student of a design institution with a registration proof. All work must be created and published no earlier than 1 May 2019 and no later than 30 April 2021. There is no theme restriction.

MDA 2021 Exhibition

Selected and winning works will be shown in January 2022.


Macau Designers Association


Macau Design Centre,
Macau Illustrators Association,
Macau Poster Design Association,
Macao Product Design Association,
Macao Association of Animators


Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government,
Polytrade Paper Corporation Limited

Supporting Organizations

Macao Polytechnic Institute,
Macau University of Science and Technology,
University of Saint Joseph (Macao),
Beijing Institute of Technology,

12th Macau Design Biennial is in preparation, follow our website or social network for up-to-date information, stay tuned!