Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about the contest.

General Information - FAQ

  • Libbey Inc. has been supporting the creativity and vision of bar professionals around the world for over 200 years. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Libbey provides the complete tabletop experience to retail, foodservice and B2B customers in over 100 countries. Along with its namesake glassware, Libbey’s global brand portfolio includes Libbey Signature®, Master’s Reserve®, Crisa®, Royal Leerdam®, World® Tableware, Syracuse® China and Crisal Glass®. Learn more about Libbey and our products at

  • Choosing the right glass for a cocktail has become just as important as the drink itself. That is why glassmaker Libbey created Glassology, an online community where bar professionals from around the world can learn, connect, meet up with peers and be inspired. In 2015, Libbey offered the first Glassology design contest, giving community members a chance to have their own glass design taken into production worldwide. The contest is now in its third iteration.

  • Libbey needs your personal information to communicate with you about the contest. During the contest we will send you updates, information and surprises. We also request your consent upon entering into the contest to update you with personalized news, offers, promotions, and other marketing materials Libbey believes would interest you by email. If you have specific data privacy questions or requests related to your personal data, please contact our data privacy office listed in our privacy policy here.

  • You can send in your submission by creating an account at

  • The Glassology design contest is open to bar professionals from all over the world. If you have the urge to sketch an idea that can turn into the world’s next iconic glass, just put your creativity, innovation and industry knowledge to work and jump onboard.

  • This competition is about creativity. The design of your glass doesn’t need to be technically correct (yet). If your design is chosen for the semifinals, Libbey’s experts will help you make your design technically feasible.

  • Your design will be judged on the following selection criteria:

    Is it an unique glass/shape?
    Does it fit any cocktail trends?
    Does the glass look nice?
    Does the glass have specific glass features


    Which drinks can be made in the glass?
    Is it more than just a cocktail glass?

    Is it sellable / based on market needs or trends / target audience / longevity / extendable?

    Libbey core values:
    Does it fit the Libbey standards?

    Does the cocktail fit the glass?
    Quality of the cocktail.

    Presentation of the glass, cocktail, personality, understandability, etc.

    Name of the glass.

  • There is no fee to enter the Glassology contest, but you are responsible for any costs incurred while creating your initial design.

About the Contest - FAQ

  • The Glassology design contest is open to bar professionals from all over the world. If you have the urge to sketch an idea that can turn into the world’s next iconic glass, just put your creativity, innovation and industry knowledge to work and jump onboard.

  • For a complete timeline of the contest, visit the How-it-works page.

  • The semifinals will be held over three days in June and July 2022 at three different locations around the world. More information will be shared as the competition progresses.

  • Yes! We are looking for the best total drinking experience. This means the drink and the glass should complement each other. If you feel it’s necessary to create a completely new drink to compliment your glass, then: go for it! However, it could also be your much-loved soy-latté recipe, a smoothie recipe from your favorite chef, or your variation on an old-fashioned.

  • Your design must be unique and be your own creation. We cannot accept your submission to the contest if we find out that someone else has already thought of your design or holds the rights to it.

  • The winning Glassology design will be produced by Libbey and be distributed all over the world. Your name (and the name of your glass) will be used to promote your design. You’ll also receive free pieces of your glassware, an all-expenses-paid trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and the opportunity to be a judge during our next Glassology design contest.

About the Design - FAQ

  • Your design does not have to be a professional design; it’s more about your creativity and the story behind your design. It can be a scribble on a coaster or a full InDesign document – whatever gets you going. If your design is chosen for to the semifinals, Libbey’s technical experts will help you make the design technically feasible.

  • We want to hear the story behind your glass. Why do you think this combination of drink and glass is so remarkable? Why is there nothing like this out there yet? Give us the details in 1,100 words or less. And don’t forget to name your glass design!

  • You can submit your documents in .jpg, .doc, .pdf, .jpeg, .gif or .xls format, with a max of 10MB.

  • You can define the boundaries of your own design. Go crazy or keep it modest. The only requirements are that it needs to hold your drink and one should be able to drink from it. And, of course, it needs to be made of glass.

  • You will get a confirmation email when we receive your submission.

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  • All finalists’ designs will be owned by Libbey. The winning glass will be taken into production and distributed all over the globe. It will be named as the winner proposed and there will also be a referral to the winner.

  • Libbey will craft the molds for the design for production and will be the owner of the molds. Unfortunately, participants cannot claim ownership regarding the design, mold or sales.

  • Libbey will be the intellectual owner of the six finalists’ designs.

  • We encourage social sharing, but don’t give away too much, because it’s a tough race!

Semi-Final & the Final - FAQ

  • After all entries are received, 36 will be chosen for the semifinal round.

  • No. We are looking for the best designs regardless of country.

  • Semifinalists will work with Libbey experts to finalize their design before the finals in Greece in November.

  • We will send you a personal email and your status on your Glassology account will be updated to “semifinalist.”

  • Semifinalists will visit Libbey sites in the Netherlands, Portugal and the U.S. to be inspired by Libbey’s production possibilities and techniques. You’ll tour one of our glass plants and meet with our marketing and design teams to finalize your concept and drawing. Together, we will prepare your design for actual production in our factory.

  • The semifinals will be held at Libbey production locations in Portugal, the Netherlands and the U.S.

  • Yes, Libbey will organize and pay for all travel arrangements.

  • The finals will be in Athens, Greece, at the Athens Bar Show, in November 2022.

  • At the final you will showcase your design and present your concept of the ultimate drink experience.

  • There is a good chance you will be filmed or photographed during the contest. By signing up for this contest, you agree to participate in any publicity associated with Glassology. Any photographs, images or film that feature you in connection with Glassology belong to Libbey and can be used in any media across the world, at any time, without restriction.