Established in 1974 by an anonymous donor, the Digital Design Prize (formerly named the Computer Graphics Prize) is presented by the Graduate School of Design to the student who has demonstrated the most imaginative and creative use of computer graphics in relation to the design professions.

Recent recipients include:

2021: Matthew Pugh (MArch II ’21) for “Animated Spaces, Creature-Like Objects: Animistic Interactions With Smart Buildings + IOT Objects” and Ana Gabriela Loayza Nolasco (MArch II ’21) for “Center – Periphery: Encoding New Processes in Shenzhen’s Boundaries
2020: Gia Jung (MArch I ’20)
2019: Andrew Bako (MArch I AP ’19)
2018: Alexander Searle Porter (MArch I ’18)
2017: Manuel Martinez Alonso (MDes ’17) and Namju Lee (MDes ’17)
2016: Spyridon Ampanavos (MDes ’16, DDes ’21)
2015: Carlos Raspall Galli (DDes ’15)

The Digital Design Prize call for applications is currently closed. Please check back in Spring 2022 for updated application instructions.

For reference, the last cycle's instructions were as follows:

  • Students should submit projects that advance their understanding and demonstrate the use of digital media in the design professions. Ordinary uses of digital media or projects that use digital media as the choice of representation should not be submitted. Submitted project(s) should be innovative, push the envelope and provide new paradigms.
  • You must include a written statement (up to 600 words) with your prize submission and explain your approach to digital media as demonstrated by the submitted project(s). This must be submitted as a separate file to the provided file upload link, even if the rest of your project is viewable on a website.
  • All submissions must be electronic.
  • Please label your files as follows:
    • ProjectTitle_PrizeName_Statement
    • ProjectTitle_PrizeName_1ofX, ProjectTitle_PrizeName_2ofX, etc. (X is the total number of files, not counting your statement, you are uploading)
  • The link to upload will be provided in the Qualtrics form. The upload will automatically add your name to the file when you submit it.
  • You may submit work from group projects. In those cases, please include the names and programs of all collaborators in your written statement, and have them ready to submit in the Qualtrics form as well.
  • You should prepare your prize materials fully before you apply using the link above. You will need to provide the link to your website, if applicable, and be prepared to upload your statement and any project files. All file uploads are also due by the application deadline.

Winners will be announced at the GSD Awards & Diploma Ceremony as part of Commencement.

Questions may be submitted to Erica George in the Office of Student Affairs.