6 graphic design competitions you might want to enter
Participating in a design competition is always a good thing. Not only you will have something different to work on but also it is a good way to see what other designers are doing around the world. Entering a competition will give you the opportunity to widen your horizons and learn something new. It is also good for developing your skills and racking your brains a little bit. If you are a designer on a full-time or part-time job with some spare time you might consider entering a design competition as sometimes the work you usually make you feel a bit a stuck in a rut.
For example, if you are not familiar about some aspect of design you would never take a client project as you will be unsure of the result and you can’t give the client any guarantees of the final outcome. So with the competition you are stress-free and the main advantage is that you can learn a lot of new stuff. The best part is that there is a chance of winning and you can get a recognition you never anticipated in your regular job. And also there is a cash prize included.
Tempting? So choose a competition and roll up your sleeves. You will find it amusing and enriching.
Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest
Deadline: June 15, 2014
Contest’s Website: http://www.triestecontemporanea.it/index.php?l=e
Trieste Contemporanea is a committee created in June 1995 with the objective of bringing out the role of Trieste as a hinge between Western Europe, the countries of Eastern Europe and the countries of the Mediterranean area.
The focal points of the activity of the Committee is the Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest, a biennial event that now attracts the interest of designers from 23 European countries, and the ’CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators’, another biennial event that deals with the topics of cultural promotion and the exchange of curatorial experiences in occasion of the opening of the Venice Biennale.
Contestants are to choose a subject (a physical or intangible cultural asset) which is an original and distinctive feature (whether a well-proven or potential value) of a place in one of the countries within the purview of the competition, with the aim of highlighting its cultural and touristic value.
There is no entry fee.
The competition is open to all designers born in CEI member states (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine) in compliance with its stated purposes, and to designers born in Estonia, Germany, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey as well.
Any groups competing should consist exclusively of members born in the countries listed above.
• BEBA Prize – for the youngest designer among those selected: 1000 Euros.
• TRIESTE Prize – for the best design on the set theme: 1000 Euros.
• CEI Prize 2014 – for the best design from one of the non-EU CEI countries: 3000 Euros.
• GILLO DORFLES PRIZE / First Prize Trieste Contemporanea 2014 – for the best design 2014: 4000 Euros.
Pinup 2014 Design Competition
Deadline: June 9, 2014
Contest’s Website: http://www.mymorpholio.com/site.php/home/pinup2014
Do you have a studio project that was exceptional? Have you experimented with 3d printing? Do you have un-built work worthy of being awarded?Pinup 2014 invites students and young professionals from all over the world to submit a collection of their studio, 3d printed or un-built work comprised of up to three digital images. By submitting your work, they invite you to share your voice with the collective intelligence of a community of visual thinkers.
There are two main categories:
• Future Voices (students only)
• Emerging Talent (young professionals or enthusiasts)
The proliferation of device culture, social networking, and cloud technology are changing the way we create, and connect on a daily basis. For design, this means that technology is not only transforming the process of production, but also the processes through which we share, critique, and organize ourselves around the work we do.
The competition poses the following questions: What are the aspirations by which we evaluate design today? In an increasingly networked culture, what makes a project capable of cutting through the virtual noise, and starting a new conversation? How do evolving forms of media affect the way in which your message reaches its destination? What is your message?
The competition challenges you to confront the world with your work. By sending it out into the field you will test yourself and your projects. You are the designer, the curator and the critic.
Pinup 2014 was assembled by designers, professors and students as a means to publically promote the research, exploration and investigation currently happening in academia and amongst today’s emerging talent.
There is no entry fee.
Future Voices aims to discover upcoming design voices within academia. To be eligible, students must currently be under-graduate or post-graduate students at universities or tertiary institutions. (Tertiary institutions include: junior colleges, colleges of technology, and other relevant vocational schools.)
Emerging Talent is oriented to all young professionals and upcoming practices. To be eligible, young professionals must be 40 years of age or under if submitting as an individual. If the work was completed by practice, then the practice must be 15 years old or younger.
For each category there will be a winner selected from the finalists.
Moreover, this year Pinup2014 will give a separate recognition to the projects that explore excellence in 3d Printing amongst today’s young talent.
Taipei International Design Award 2014
Deadline: July 31, 2014
Contest’s Website: http://taipeidaward.tw/en/
In order to show the world their commitment to encourage good design in Taipei, Taipei City Government organized the Taipei International Design Award and invites designers around the globe to create design works with commercial potential.
Taipei City Government hopes to not only publicly select outstanding international design works but also serve as a major platform for international design creation and industry vitalization.
They would like to encourage using design to improve the city’s economic, social, environmental, and cultural development by providing its users with a safer, harmonious, and more convenient lifestyle.
The organizers are looking for innovative works in the categories:
• Industrial Design – Industrial design refers to works that can be mass-produced, including transportation tools, equipments, daily utilities and household goods, IT and home appliances, fashionables, etc.
• Visual Communication Design – Visual communication includes identity, posters, packaging and publications.
• Public Space Design – Encompass spaces for public usage, governmental buildings and certain private establishments.
Entries must be original creations of the contestants completed after June 30, 2012.
There is no entry fee.
Everyone around the world are welcomed to participate individually or as a group (each group is limited to five members) with one member as main correspondent.
The Top Winner will receive prizes amounting NTD 500,000 (approx. 16,500 USD).
Apart from the cash prize, the Golden/Silver/Bronze winners will also receive a trophy and a certificate of recognition.
Taiwan International Design Competition 2014
Deadline: July 11, 2014
Contest’s Website: http://tidc.boco.com.tw/2014/
The Taiwan International Design Competition is now striding into its 13th year, and with its different themes set annually in response to global trends and changing circumstances in the social environment, it presents the perfect opportunity for designers around the globe to present their creative designs.
In addition to encouraging more imaginative and innovative creations, it also hopes to use current trends to inspire designers to engage in more profound philosophical and humanistic reflection. This will allow designers to not just be confined to an ’object’ itself, but to incorporate a return to life’s subtleties of life in design concepts.
Theme of this year is “Vivifying“:
All things under the heavens are naturally in a state between movement and stillness. Movement and stillness are complementary energies, and energy circulates between the states of movement and stillness. If design follows the example of nature, then the will to live and the energy to adapt to the environment and society can be sought in movement.
While in stillness, the changes in all things can be observed, allowing one to catch a glimpse of the trends of the times and explore the balance between movement and stillness. This then, is a method of applying design. We can create numerous opportunities and surprises, engage imagination and creativity, conjure up the magic of objects, and unlock the potential to create infinite possibilities to reclaim the will to live.
• Product Design
• Packaging Design
• Visual Communication Design
• Digital Multimedia Design
Participants can join the competition as individuals or in team. There is no limit on the number of entries. Design drawings should be on no more than two A3 size (420X297mm) paper board(s) and should include text description. The description must be in English but may include some Chinese. Descriptions in both English and Chinese are limited to 50-100 words.
There is no entry fee.
Open to designers, teachers or students of design related fields, people who are interested in design. There is no restrictions on nationality and age.
• Gold Award: NT$500,000 (approx. US$15,000), a trophy, and a certificate
• Silver Award: NT$200,000 (approx. US$6,000), a trophy, and a certificate
• Bronze Award: NT$100,000 (approx. US$3,000), a trophy, and a certificate
• DIGITAL Award: NTD $50,000 (approx. USD $1,500) and a certificate
• CPC Award (2 winners): NT$50,000 (approx. US$1,500) and a certificate
• Hands Tailung Award (2 winners): NT$50,000 (approx. US$1,500) and a certificate
• Honorable Mention: NT$10,000 (approx. US$300) and a certificate
The winners will be announced on the dedicated website and in international media.
3rd International Reggae Poster Contest 2014
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Contest’s Website: http://www.reggaepostercontest.com/
International Reggae Poster Contest announces its 3rd annual call for entries for social communication reggae poster designs. They are very excited to see what designers can come up with in their original poster designs that will capture the energy and vibe of Reggae Music. The goal is simple: create a poster about Reggae Music – the rest is up to your imagination. Feel free to explore topics of Reggae covering any one of the genres. In addition, incorporate the contest theme as part of the poster design.
Theme of the 2014 edition: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame, Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.
The objective of the 3rd International Reggae Poster Contest is to continue to build awareness for Reggae music and to celebrate the global achievements of Reggae and its positive impact on the world. The term Reggae encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres; Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the unique Jamaican Sound System. The Poster competition is part of a bigger vision that seek to establish a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston, Jamaica.
Moreover, the contest is also an opportunity to raise funds to support the amazing work of a historic and wonderful Jamaican institution, the Alpha Boys’ School. The Alpha Boys’ School is a jewel in the center of Kingston, and it shines all over Jamaica and, through its graduates, in the music they create, throughout the world. Alpha decades of success with young Jamaicans, entering raw and emerging world-renown musicians themselves is testimony to the storied success. Without this amazing institution and its successful music program; Ska, Rocksteady, Dub and Roots Reggae music may not have been invented.
Posters may be designed by a single artist or by a team. Designers are allowed to submit any number of original posters. Posters should be original artworks and should not have been published in prints, internet, social media etc.
There is no entry fee.
The 3rd International Reggae Poster Contest 2014 is open to designers all over the world.
International Reggae Poster Contest 2014 will reward the best 100 designs by including them in various exhibitions all over the world. In addition, a book with all 100 posters will be published.
There will be also an Ipad for the 1st winner, Wacom Tablet for the 2nd winner and for all 3 winners DVD’s, books or music dedicated to Reggae.
International Visual Identity Awards 2014
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Contest’s Website: http://www.visualidentityawards.com/
Ever wish you could get your work a little more noticed? Be rewarded for your efforts a little more? The International Visual Identity Awards have been created to offer you precisely that.
For too long, visual and brand identity awards have been handed out as part of larger creative competitions and we felt that it was time for a change.
We are the first independent international design competition dedicated to visual identity. Our mission is to give good visual identity design the exposure it deserves and formally recognise and celebrate the world’s most outstanding brand work.
There are 20 categories:
• Media and publishing
• Transport and automotive
• Financial services
• Food and drink
• Hospitality, travel and leisure
• Charity and non-profit
• Professional services
• Consumer products
• Public sector
Entries must include not just a logo but also examples of its application across different items as part of a brand’s visual identity system. Concept or speculative work is not accepted, with the exception of the student category. Student entries are only valid if the entrant is registered as a full-time student in a recognised educational institution.
Early bird entry closes on 15th May 2014. The final deadline is September 30th 2014.
Entries are eligible from any country worldwide from both client and agency teams and we accept design work from agencies both big and small, as well as freelance designers. Students in full-time education may submit their work into the student category.
Each category will have one winner and a second and third place finalist.
One winner from across all categories will be awarded the prestigious title of International Visual Identity of the Year 2014. Winners will be announced by the end of December 2014.