The Best Design Competition List on the Internet — November Edition

24 design competitions worth your time.


• Threadless/Tron Legacy T-shirt Contest — 17 October 2010
Enter this one fast kids, you’ve got less than 2 days. I wouldn’t have even mentioned it, but the winner gets a custom TRON Motorcycle Suit, which would pretty much guarantee you winning every Halloween costume contest.

• Amplify Business Pitch Competition — 5 November 2010
Girls In Tech is sponsoring the opportunity for start-up companies under female leadership to present their business ideas at the Amplify event held in San Francisco on 18 November. 15 finalists will be selected to present to a group of influential professionals, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. Submissions are in the form of a Vator company profile.

• Halloween Contest from Instructables — 7 November 2010
Would you rather have a Tootsie Roll or a CarveWright compact CNC system? How about a deluxe Singer sewing machine? Or a $250 making voucher from Ponoko? These are just a few of the way-better-than-candy prizes on offer at Instructables for their Halloween Contest. Anyone can enter, and you can submit multiple entries. The creativite categories are: • Slideshow • Food • Props • Green • Video • Costumes • Decorations

*= previous Editor’s Pick


• Carry Me! Lucite Purse Design — 29 October 2010
Submit your design for a handbag incorporating the LuciteLux material. Designs can be presented on paper or as a 3D model.
via No Rococo

• Furoshiki Student Design Contest — 29 October
Furoshiki, or wrapping cloths, are stylish and distinctive everyday items emblematic of the Japanese tradition of wrapping things. Since they are reusable and therefore do not impose a burden on the environment, furoshiki have attracted renewed interest in recent years, both in Japan and elsewhere. Design your own Furoshiki using Adobe Illustrator. Open to college students in the USA.

• Cut&Paste Competition — 29 October/ 5 November
So you know you can design, you think you can handle the pressure, and you want to take on the world. We’re all about that. The 2010 Call for Competitors is open for entries in 2D, 3D, and Motion Design — send us your work and take a crack at it!

• PAVE 2010 Student Design Competition — 3 November 2010
There are 2 competitions. The Visual Merchandising Competition challenge is to design modular and perimeter fixtures, including one wall presentation for chocolate bars and tablets, along with a cashwrap area for Godiva Chocolatier Inc. The Overall Store Design is to design a 1,000-sq.-ft. chocolate environment for Godiva Chocolatier Inc.

• ChicoBag Trick or Treat Contest — 5 November
This one is for kids, and it’s super cute. Create a design that best captures the “Spirit of a Green Halloween” using the ChicoBag™ design template.

• Dangerous Prototypes T-Shirt Design — aprox 7 November 2010
Design a t-shirt for Dangerous Prototypes, a community of makers that post a new open source hardware project every month.

• Baltimore Local Currency — 11 November 2010
If you haven’t heard of local currency, read this. The Baltimore Green Currency Association is holding a contest to design the local BNote.
via Richard Smith

• agldeas 2011 newStar — 15 November 2010
The competition is open to full time students enrolled in secondary and tertiary education courses anywhere in the world. Students can submit their three best pieces of design work in 2D, 3D or Multimedia for a chance to win international traveling scholarships.

• Play For All! — registration deadline 17 November 2010
A design competition to build an innovative playground in the developing world.

• PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge — 19 Novemeber 2010
Design, develop, and construct a branded store fixture (no larger than 36-inch square footprint and 60 inches high) to display pet specific products. The fixture should communicate the attributes of the merchandise that it houses and highlights. You may choose any species: dogs, cats, fish, birds, horses, reptiles, or any pet. Open only to students who are enrolled in accredited store design, interior design, visual merchandising, and industrial design programs. Finalists will create a prototype for GlobalShop 2010; cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention.

• 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.

• 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.


• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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.

• 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.

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