The 2023 Sprudge Design Awards finalists have been announced. Winners will be announced in early December!
Honoring the very best in coffee and drinks design and consumable art.
Welcome to the Sprudge Design Awards, a user submitted global platform honoring the best in coffee and drinks design, with a focus on original packaging design, products, and art. Awarding truly outstanding work being done by creatives and companies working in and around coffee.
Submission deadline: 10/19/23
Outstanding Packaging - Whole Bean / Loose Leaf
This award honors outstanding design in the field of whole-bean coffee and loose-leaf tea. Considerations include original label art, descriptive text, and physical presentation.
Outstanding Packaging - Ready To Drink
This award honors outstanding design in the field of ready-to-drink coffee/coffee-adjacent products, including canned and bottled cold brew, teas, coffee beer. Considerations include original label art, descriptive text, and physical presentation.
Outstanding Packaging — Seasonal or Limited Edition
This award honors outstanding design for any seasonal or limited edition product, including holiday blends, limited edition seasonal offerings, or other featured small production designs.
Outstanding Design Achievement — Vessels
This award honors outstanding design of mugs, travel tumblers, demitasse, or any form of vessel out of which coffee can be served. Vessels must be available for purchase, used in a cafe, or otherwise offered for public use.
Outstanding Design Achievement — Goods and Garments
This award honors outstanding design pertaining to promotional goods in the coffee industry. T-shirts, hats, pennants, coasters, aprons, socks, writing implements, spoons, charms, or any other form of merchandise designed to promote and support the enjoyment of coffee is eligible for consideration.
Outstanding Design Achievement — Print Materials
This award honors outstanding design pertaining to print materials. Printed menus, posters, one-sheets, handbooks, zines, magazines, flyers, and other forms of printed material are eligible for consideration.
Outstanding Design Achievement — Event Exhibition
This award honors outstanding design related to physical event exhibitions. This includes trade show booth design, pop-up cafe design, curated coffee service at special events, limited edition event appearances, live guerilla coffee theater and all other forms of coffee event exhibition.
Outstanding Design Achievement — Commercial Product
This award honors outstanding design related to commercial products. This includes packaging for green coffee, alternative milks, traditional milks, sauces and syrups, water treatment and cleaning products, and other forms of commercial products that serve the field of coffee.
Outstanding Social Media
This award honors companies exhibiting outstanding curation and attention to design detail in the field of social media. All major social media platforms are eligible. Coffee roasters, cafes, coffee product manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and coffee industry purveyors are eligible for consideration.
Outstanding E-Commerce / Web Site
This award honors companies exhibiting outstanding curation and attention to design detail on their websites or e-commerce platforms. Coffee roasters, cafes, coffee product manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and coffee industry purveyors are eligible for consideration.
Outstanding Design Agency
This award honors outstanding design and artistic contributions of an independent design agency to the field of design within the scope of the coffee industry. Any genre of coffee industry adjacent product is eligible for consideration.
Outstanding In-House Design Team
This award honors an in-house design team's outstanding design and artistic contributions. Any genre of product in the scope of the wider coffee industry is eligible for consideration.
Outstanding Design Collaboration
This award will be given to the best brand collaboration project involving at least two entities. Any genre of coffee product, artwork, or creative collaboration is eligible for consideration.
This award honors an outstanding individual designer working in the field of coffee. Their work can include packaging design, original illustration, digital design, event design, or other stirring examples of design as it intersects with the coffee world.
Outstanding Design in Support of a Social Impact Campaign
This award honors outstanding original design in support of social impact. This includes design, social media campaigning, digital production, and any other facet of design that supports a charitable cause, fundraising initiative, crowdfunding campaign or awareness effort. Entry fees are waived for this category.
Submission deadline 10/19/23
This year's submission period has ended.
Get Featured On Sprudge
- All winners receive their own dedicated design feature on Sprudge, the world’s most popular coffee website.
- Finalists will receive a feature article written by Sprudge’s editorial team.
- All semi-finalists included in the winner’s announcement feature.
- All semi-finalists, finalists and winners included in the Sprudge Design Award Gallery.
Additional Media Coverage
- All Sprudge Coffee Design Award semi-finalists and finalists will be featured on across Sprudge social media platforms
- Semi-finalists will be recognized in press releases and promotional activities in October 2023.
- Finalists and winners will be recognized in press releases and promotional activities in November 2023.
- All semi-finalists, finalists and winners will receive a complimentary promotional pack, including digital awards.
- All semi-finalists, finalists and winners have the opportunity to purchase Sprudge Coffee Design Awards stickers.
All winners have the opportunity to receive a Sprudge Coffee Design Awards trophy.
Submissions are open from September 19, 2023 until October 19, 2023 11:59PM PST
Up to twenty semi-finalists will be selected in each category from the initial pool of entrants.
5 finalists will be selected in each category, and enter into a second public vote.
Winners in each category will be announced in early December.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you launching these awards now?
Because the field of coffee design has never been more vibrant and meaningful. We're at an all-time high for readership and interest in our Coffee Design series, a benchmark feature series published on Sprudge since 2010, and we want to do even more to platform and honor the extraordinary work we see in the field of coffee design every day.
How will semi-finalists, finalists, and winners be determined?
Worldwide public entry is open through October 19th. Once this period closes, up to 20 semi-finalists will be selected in each category. These semi-finalists will then enter into a public vote via the Sprudge website. The top 5 from each category are then selected as Finalists. 5 Finalists in each category will again go through a second public vote to determine the winner.
Can my company enter multiple designs, or in multiple categories?
Yes, there is no limit to how many times a company or individual can enter the Sprudge Design Awards. A single project - or line of products (for example, a project involving a new line of whole bean bags—counts as one submission.)
A new line of ceramic mugs, cups, and saucers = one project/submission
New bags of whole bean coffee in different colors = one project/submission
What benefits do entrants in this competition receive?
Semi-finalists receive promotions, digital awards, promotional tools, placement in our digital gallery, and Sprudge features across our website and social media network, as well as access to printed promotional materials for use in-store or on coffee bags. Finalists receive additional promotions, digital awards, and coverage. Winners receive coveted trophies for display, spotlight features, and ongoing promotion throughout the life of the Awards.
Why is there an entry fee?
Due to demand, administrative costs, and in keeping with best practices across awards platforms in both the coffee and design industries, an entry fee is required for the Sprudge Design Awards. Submission fees are waived for the Outstanding Design In Support of a Social Impact Campaign.
How are these awards different from the Sprudgie Awards?
Sometimes called "the Oscars of Coffee", the Sprudgie Awards are an annual awards initiative we've produced since 2009, honoring the best in coffee across a broad spectrum of platforms. The Sprudgie Awards will continue in 2023 and beyond.
The Sprudge Design Awards is focused specifically on design, consumable art, coffee packaging, and branding, offering the ability to go deeper on these meaningful works and honor more outstanding work in the field of coffee design.
How can I sponsor or support the Sprudge Design Awards?
We would be thrilled to have your support as a sponsor the Sprudge Design Awards. Please contact us directly to learn more via email at email@example.com.
Will you do this every year?
Yes, the Sprudge Design Awards is a new annual initiative on the Sprudge Media Network, held each autumn.
Who is eligible for the Sprudge Design Awards?
Illustrators, artists, design teams, design firms, independent collaborators, in-house creators, or anyone else working in the visual medium of coffee design is eligible for the Sprudge Design Awards. Please refer to our entry categories to learn more about where your work might best fit.