The Best Design Competition List on the Internet — December Edition

25 design contests & competitions


• Design a Giant Robot — 30 November 2010
NortHACKton, a hackerspace in Northhampton UK,  is attempting to make a large robot sculpture to generate publicity and raise awareness of the hackerspace within the local community. And they want you to design the robot! The winning design will be assembled throughout January and February 2011, with a regularly updated blog about the construction process. As part of the finalist stage several robot designs may be turned into 3D models suitable for construction as paper craft robots. Those designs will be made available for download for all people to create their own miniature robot model.
via Make:

• Prix Émile Hermès — 30 November 2010
Candidates are invited to submit designs for an object, machine, utensil, piece of furniture, architectural concept etc. This year’s theme is “heat, me-heat, re-heat”. (Maybe that makes more sense when translated to French?) But seriously, this is a big deal competition.

• Ottobre Apparel Design — 10 December 2010
Finnish fashion and pattern design magazine is hosting a competition to design an outfit for a child or teenager. The winning designs and the patterns will be published in 2011 issues of Ottobre.


• Loving Outdoors! Product Design Competition — 30 Novemeber 2010
Design a seat, table, and shading system for enjoying the outdoors. Winners get a good bit of cash and presentation space at the Sun&Shadow 2010 Expo. Only open to designers age 32 and under. via Contest Watchers

• Catalyst Seeks Great Design Stories — 30 November 2010
Design firms, client companies, academic institutions or any other interested parties may nominate a design success story worthy of study, documentation and preservation. The submission must clearly demonstrate the positive impact of industrial design and how it raises the visibility of design’s global effectiveness in delivering value to businesses, communities and society.

• Copper and the Home — 30 November 2010
Design a decorative object for the home using copper or copper alloys that exploit the intrinsic qualities of these metals. Separate categories for students and professionals under 40 years of age. (p.s. The site is pretty clunky. To read the competition details go to News>newsletter>#07)

• Design in the Cloud — 30 November 2010
It’s simple: build an interactive site on the HammerKit platform.

• Icon La Logo Design & Tagline — 30 November 2010
Imaging service company Icon LA needs a new logo and a new tagline. Logo winner receives $1500 and tagline winner gets $500.

• ArtWater Skin the Bottle — 30 November 2010
Designer Jason Castriota, famous for his part in designing the Ferrari P4/5, Bertone Mantide, Rolls Royce Hyperion, Maserati Birdcage, Ferrari 599GTB and the Maserati Gran Turismo, has designed a bottle for ArtWater, a bottled water brand. But they need you to supply the artwork wrap for the bottle.

• Magic of Mohair — 1 December 2010
Vogue Knitting and Mohair South Africa are sponsoring a design competition for hand-knit, women’s fashion garments. “Crochet is allowed in trim only.” : ) Yarn must be at least 25% mohair. Prizes include a bunch of knitting stuff and a grand prize trip to South Africa. Open to knitters of all experience levels. Separate student category.
via Waggle Dancing

• Smart Grid Initiative — 1 December 2010
The Chicago suburb of Naperville is seeking talented and creative individuals to enter a design contest to create the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative Logo, which will be rolled out to the community in early 2011 and showcased throughout the project.
via Design News Next

• Mother’s Day Greeting Card — 2 December 2010
Tigerprint is looking for classic designs with in line with Spring 2012 trend for a Mother’s Day greeting card.

• Smile for London — 3 December 2010
From January 17, 2011, just at a time when Londoners are feeling the January blues and in need of a lift, Smile for London will be taking over the platform screens for two weeks on weekday mornings with a creative intermission; a programme of film, art and animation, exhibiting the best of London’s emerging and established artistic talent. The brief is to create a twenty second silent piece of moving image with a view to pushing the boundaries of the medium.

• SXSW Film Title & Poster Design Competition — 9 December 2010
SXSW Film Design Awards are calling for title sequence submissions as well as movie posters.

• Re-Invent the Goose — 30 December 2010
The once revered Canadian Goose’s image has become tarnished by its very own excrement. Save the Canada Goose’s image by designing your own clever re-launch solution. Your solution could be a re-branding, an interactive video, a marketing piece or a product. Any solution you feel effectively saves the image of the bird is relevant.
via Creative Cultures Scotland


• National Stem Video Game Challenge — 5 January 2011
Kids in grades 5-8 are encouraged to create their own videogames. Kids can either make a playable game “playable on a browser or personal computer” or submit a written description of their game.
via Nintendo World

• Kitchen Tools Design Competition — 7 January 2011
World Kitchen invites you to redefine the kitchen tools for preparing, cooking and serving food, making them more space-efficient, time sensitive and versatile for today’s home chef and their cooking needs.

• Jump the Gap, Roca International Design Contest — registration closes 14 January 2011
The competition offers talented designers across the world the opportunity to showcase work based on innovation and design within the bathroom area. The winning project will receive a prize of 5000 Euros which will be presented at 100% Design 2011.
via Despoke

• Becker Contest — 31 January 2011
Students and young designers within two years of graduation are invited to submit designs that include moulded wood. Prizes include serious cash and the making of your design into a prototype.
via Dexigner

• PZFlex Student Design Competition — 31 January 2011
Students are invited to submit a proposal for investigation of a technology using PZFlex®, Weidlinger’s 3D virtual prototyping simulation software package. The competition is intended to inspire novel uses for PZFlex® in solving complex engineering problems. The winner will receive a personal Dell laptop computer, while the student’s academic institution will receive a year’s free license of PZFlex with which to conduct his or her research.
via Edageek

• Fujitsu Design Award — 31 January 2011
The award is composed of two categories:  the LIFEBOOK category which studies what PCs will be like in 2013, the near future, and the LIFE-DESIGN category which studies what ICT computing will be like (including service concepts) ten years from now in 2020.

• Living City Design Competition — 1 February 2011
The international living Building institute, in partnership with the national Trust for Historic Preservation, invites the world’s most talented and daring designers, planners, artists and animators to create a new global vision: a breathtaking, compelling model for the future of civilization.

• ICFF Studio — 1 February 2011
ICFF Studio invites submissions of product prototypes from designers working on any and all the product categories exhibited at the ICFF: furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath. Selected designers win a spot to display their prototypes on the ICFF exhibition floor at ICFF Studio, a group area with individual booths designed by TRUCK Product Architecture. Winners will be assisted in making connections with potential manufacturers, retailers, and the press.

• Surtex Student Design Competition — 24 February, 2011
Students are invited to create a collection (minimum of 6, maximum of 9) of original surface designs to be used in a commercial interior in the year 2020.

• STM32 Microcontroller Design/Development Competition — 15 September 2011
Make something awesome with an STM32 microcontroller and win a Harley Davidson. Register for the competition and get a free STM32 Discovery Kit. Open to residents of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
via Hack a Day

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