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Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions

Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions

Statistics and Survey results on the organizers, sponsors and main sponsors of design awards and competitions.

This section analyse the organizers and sponsors of design competitions. 341 Design Competitions answered the questions regarding the origins of the events, and their sponsors, and these charts provides us further insights regarding to design competition phenomenon in different sectors, countries and fields.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
It is interesting to note that Italy, United States, England and Germany account for about the 70 percent of all design competitions organized in the world (or at least the ones that are trying to communicate it by entering their data to This data explains that these countries have a tradition of competition organization and participation more than any others in the world.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
Major Design Competition Organizer chart tell us who organized design competitions most. The answer is: Companies or Businesses. This is a hint that: Either competitions are profitable or they really provide big returns for publicity, or provide good returns for procuring design services etc. If we compare this data to past, we would have seen that Governments or Government Institutions would be the highest; while today, they only represent 5 percent of the competitions.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
These are the unusual suspects; i.e. organizers that involve in competitions but are not the most common organizers. For instance 5 percent of the competitions are organized by event organization companies, this reinforces the hypothesis that design competition phenomenon is indeed turning into a business of its own.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
The Minor Design Competition Organizers data is interesting as it shows us that many other actors are getting involved with design competitions. From this perspective it could be concluded that design competitions has multitudes of business models that are incorporated within them.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
This data is further interesting, the chart above demonstrates organizes who represent less then 3 percent voice each, Museums, Universities, Advertising Agencies, Trade-shows, Marking Agencies, Celebrities, and Even common individuals are organizing design competitions. Designers are advised to spend a bit time on which of those competitions are really worthy to join.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
The Number of Sponsors data also includes the patrons of design competitions, as clearly seen one third of the design competitions do have only a single sponsor, while only 20 percent of the competitions have more than or equal to 5 sponsors. Prestigious competitions usually have more than 10 partners or sponsors; i.e. less than 7 percent of the events.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
This data above shows the Main Sponsors i.e. the big partners of design competitions and events, we see that companies and governments role has increased, followed by associations, press and design companies and agencies. 5 percent of the entries did not fit any categories, while 25 percent had very small percentage.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
This data explains other actors in design competition scenery; literally speaking, every institution or organization is organizing design competitions, therefore it is more important for designers than ever to try to understand the motives of such organizers in order to invest their talents and time correctly.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
Major Competition Sponsors data is aggregated data for all sponsors, here it is interesting to note that competitions involve companies for money, press for coverage, non-profit associations and government level initiatives for patronage and prestige, universities and education for judging and many others for other models.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
That many others are varied, and includes advertising agencies, exhibition and art centers, event organization companies, consultancy companies, design incubator centers and more. Sponsors motives can almost always be fitted into the 30 plus reasons and business models of competition organization.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
This data shows the minor sponsors; i.e. those sponsors that are represented less than 1.5 percent. The data is presented to further show the richness and variety of the design competition sponsors, i.e. ordinary people, famous people, universities, research centers, conferences, marketing agencies somehow find a value within.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
Therefore, the question is why these institutions do sponsor design competitions, and what it is for them. Most of the sponsors are present as a collaborators, partners or co-organizers i.e. they do sponsor, because they are part of it. a significant portion is there for promoting the event (such as media partners), and less than 5 percent of the sponsors are patrons.
Statistics on Sponsors and Organizers of Design Competitions
To go back to our initial data and graphic regarding the organizers, if we consider the top 5 design competition organizers we would find: Companies, Non-Profit Associations, Design Oriented Companies, Design Agencies, Governments. The fact that design agencies organize competitions means that they are indeed crowdsourcing the innovation process.

This article was added on Monday, 27th of January, 2014 at 05.44 am by author Onur Cobanli Tags: design award sponsor, competition sponsors, design award organizers. Read our copyright policy here.




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