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Deadline: January 31, 2015
SEGD Global Design Awards 2015
The SEGD Global Design Awards, since 1987 the standard of excellence for environmental and experiential graphic design, have launched for 2015 with new entry categories reflecting the shifts that digital technology is creating in design for public spaces.

Entries to the awards program are due January 31, 2015, through SEGD's online entry system. Winners will be honored during the 2015 SEGD Conference June 4–6 in Chicago, as well as on and in SEGD's award-winning eg magazine and other media outlets.

Various Deadlines by Category: January 16 – February 2, 2015
ADC Awards Season 2015
This season combines the rich history of the ADC 94th Annual Awards, the oldest continuous international advertising and design award show in the world; the forward-thinking ADC Tomorrow Awards 2015, where creativity and technology come together to blaze a path to the future; and the 13th class of ADC Young Guns, an international portfolio competition for creative professionals 30 years of age and under.

Deadline: February 9
Wheelwright Prize
The Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant that is awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work.

Throughout its history, Harvard GSD has had a strong global outlook, attracting deans, faculty, and students from all over the world. Moreover, a mainstay of the GSD curriculum is its traveling studio, which emphasizes the acceptance of ideas and practices with a diversity of origins. The Wheelwright Prize extends the school's ethos, encouraging a broad-minded approach to architecture that seeks inspiration from unexpected quarters.

Deadline: February 16
2015 International Design Excellence Awards
Celebrating its 35th year, IDEA recognizes design excellence in products, interaction design, service design, strategy, research, concepts and student designs in several categories, including automotive. Entry is open to all, and winners are chosen based on a list of seven criteria, which includes innovation, benefit to the user and responsibility.

This year's Jury Chair, Matthew Marzynski, IDSA, of the University of Washington, will lead a panel of 24 design experts, who are all chosen for their industry leadership. There are two judging stages: at the second stage finalists are judged live at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, where Gold, Silver and Bronze winners are chosen. Last year, nearly 2,000 entries were received from around the world. Previous IDEA winners include the Tesla Model S, the Nest Thermostat and the Ultimate Ear Boom Speaker.

Competition results will be revealed live at the IDSA International Conference on August 22 in Seattle.

Deadline: March 24, 2015
Velocity by FIM LAM Foldable Bike Design Contest
FIM LAM and Desall are reinventing the bike with the new Velocity contest, looking for a ultralight, foldable, portable and with a very captivating design. Increased commuting needs, growing traffic along with high fuel prices and environmental concerns call for new solutions to the mobility needs of a raising number of people throughout the world.

FIM LAM is calling all creative minds of Desall to develop an innovative bicycle for city commuters and travelers of the world to move with ease and comfort. The newly designed bike shall be ultralight, foldable, "draggable" and portable.

January 19–25
IMM Cologne
—Cologne, Germany

The first interiors show of the year presents the trends that will be shaping the furniture and interiors sector—and the products that are good for business. At the imm cologne, you'll find a unique variety of interior design ideas for every room, every style and every requirement—from the basics all the way to designer items and luxury furnishings.

January 22–25
Interior Design Show
—Toronto, Cananda

The Interior Design Show is Canada's premier showcase of new products, innovative designers and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond. For one weekend each January, the city of Toronto is filled with industry superstars, cutting-edge emerging names, design-savvy consumers and top media outlets. And for 3.5 action-packed days, the Interior Design Show shapes the design world for the year to come.

January 23–27
—Paris, France

MAISON&OBJET is the major event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions. The lifestyle show brings together a 360° product offering. Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, the world of children, tableware… The styles coexist in a multifaceted way, throughout the inventive show design which enlivens the spaces. This extraordinary diversity is in line with the varied expectations of global markets. With each session, the great lifestyle platform, at the intersection of business and creativity, reveals solutions to visitors from around the world in search of uniqueness.

January 31–February 4
—New York, NY

Drawing 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 80+ countries, NY NOW is produced twice annually and is open to the trade only. The tradeshow hosts 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum.

February 9–11
IxDA Annual Conference
—San Francsico, CA

Join the IxDA community in San Francisco for three days of talks, workshops and activities exploring the past, present and future of interaction design.

February 9–12
RISE and N3M
—Miami, FL

RISE, INDA's Research, Innovative & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference offers three days to explore "what's next" and "what's needed" from industry's most prescient leaders in materials research, and innovative science as applied to engineered fabrics.

New this year, RISE devotes one day to present Nanofibers for the Third Millennium (N3M) highlighting the major nanofiber application areas and manufacturing processes.

February 19
Yeh IDeology's 5th Annual Design Summit
—New York, NY

It’s been a banner year for the Creative Economy, and now, more than ever, businesses want in. This February 2015, Yeh IDeology celebrates 9 years in the industry with our 5th annual Design Summit. Join us for our recap of 2014, informal cocktails and a wide-ranging panel discussion on hot-button topics for 2015.

February 25–27
Design Indaba
—Cape Town, South Africa

The annual Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town features the best of global creativity on one stage. It is also simulcast live to cities around South Africa.

Every year the programme features a sterling lineup of international speakers from all corners of the world, coming together on the Design Indaba stage to present an up-to-the-minute survey on design and innovation from across the creative sectors. Surprise elements of dialogue, performance and music intersperse the speaker programme for an inimitable experience that makes Design Indaba what has been said by many to be the best creative conference in the world.

March 7–9
—Mumbai, India

Typography Day features a day of workshops on Typography and Calligraphy followed by two days of conference dedicated to this year's theme, 'typography, Sensitivity and Fineness.' The international conference is devoted to addressing issues faced by type designers, type users and type educators. The conference includes presentations by invited keynote speakers, eminent academicians, blind juried papers, industry professionals, research scholars and students. The event will also host an exhibition of selected posters and typographic works of students and faculty members from Design Institutes.

Classes & Workshops

Competitions | Conferences | Classes | Events & Exhibitions

February 11, 2015
IIT Institute of Design Open House
—Chicago, IL

IIT Institute of Design students have the opportunity to solve real business problems, learn the fundamentals of design in a single foundation year, conduct research around the world with our global immersion program, and join a close-knit network of alumni in leadership roles at innovative organizations. You could too.

We invite you to join us for an evening cocktail reception, short presentations featuring alumni, students, and faculty, campus tours, and information on how you can join our graduate program. We welcome prospective students and the curious to learn more about IIT Institute of Design and our role in the design community today.

February 14–16
PENSOLE Professional Development Courses
—Las Vegas, NV

PENSOLE, in partnership with DN PLATFORM tradeshow will be hosting a series of professional development courses timed with the industry's larges footwear tradeshow in North America. Created to increase the knowledge of footwear professionals and develop future leaders, CAPSOLES are targeted at footwear designers, material designers, color designers, material developers, product developers, product managers and product merchandisers with zero to five years experience.

February 19, 2015
SEGD Business of Design Summit
—Denver, CO
SEGD's "Business of Design" is a leadership summit on building, managing and sustaining your practice for your future in EGD/XGD. Four sessions include content on transitioning your practice to new ownership and team leadership structures, attracting, engaging and retaining the next generation of designers, emerging business models and platforms for servicing clients, and increasing your value and the future of your practice and thinking about the possibilities that innovation, strategy and looking outside design can offer.

March 10, 2015
CX Customer Experiences Workshop
—Las Vegas, NV

SEGD's CX Workshop is offered in partnership with the Digital Signage Expo on using design to connect your customers to products, services and places. The workshop format offers one jam-packed day with ample time for networking, exploring the technology showcase and more! Four sessions examine the latest trends in CX, creating seamless experiences across multiple platforms, best practices in integrating engaging digital signage, new models of immersive media for public space. An additional breakout will allow attendees to discuss and visualize best practices for integrating display technologies in a hands-on session.

May 24 – June 7, 2015
Masters Workshop: Design History, Theory & Practice in Rome
—Rome, Italy

The Masters Workshop in Rome is an exciting way to learn about type and typography, book and lettering design, as well as architecture, art, archaeology, epigraphy, and even Italian cuisine. Study with the best typographers and designers in Italy. Visit the Trajan Column and partake in exclusive guided visits to the Roman and Imperial Forums, and "behind-the-stacks" tour of Biblioteca Angelica, the oldest library in Europe that houses original Bodoni type books. Examine the inscriptions on Roman structures that have long been accepted as a typographic ideal.

This intensive hands-on workshop enables you to research and analyze the roots of typography. You will print on a vintage letterpress, and draw type and letters from the classic models while practicing contemporary design, along with a faculty of Italian and American designers, and historians. Taught by leading design professionals, this workshop emphasizes the multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial nature of contemporary design.

Through February 8, 2015
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
—The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is a groundbreaking reassessment of this important body of work from the late 1940s. The largest and most extensive presentation of the cut-outs ever mounted, the exhibition includes approximately 100 cut-outs—borrowed from public and private collections around the globe—along with a selection of related drawings, prints, illustrated books, stained glass, and textiles. The last time New York audiences were treated to an in-depth look at the cut-outs was in 1961.

Through March 8, 2015
Designers in Residence 2014: Disruption
—Design Museum, London, United Kingdom

Discover the design stars of the future. This year, James Christian, Ilona Gaynor, Torsten Sherwood and Patrick Stevenson-Keating have responded to the theme of Disruption by exploring future housing, judicial system loopholes, construction as play and the financial systems.

Designers in Residence is about more than good design, or even innovation in design. It is about creating time and space in the form of a seven-month residency—and giving four UK-based designers a period of reflection, research and critical rigor away from their normal routine.

Through March 21
—Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY

An exhibition of 50 works by artists and architects on a trip of self-reflection in the literal and metaphorical form of a blueprint. With works by a diverse group of voices from Adamo Faiden, Alix Lambent, Vik Muniz, Reiser-Umemoto to Vito Acconci, BLUEPRINT is an exhibition bound by aporias.

Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu with an installation by SO-IL, BLUEPRINT leaves the Storefront gallery totally open, yet perpetually closed and fixed. Wrapped in time and in space, the Acconci-Holl facade opens its doors permanently to the works that—while present in the show by reference—are outside the gallery walls.

Through April 6, 2015
New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America
—The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Organized by the Museum of Arts and Design's Chief Curator Lowery Stokes Sims, the exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America examines globalized society in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today. New Territories explores the collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers, and demonstrates how the resulting work addresses not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability. The exhibition will explore a number of key themes, including: the dialogue between contemporary trends and artistic legacies in Latin American art; the use of repurposed materials in strategies of upcycling; the blending of digital and traditional skills; and the reclamation of personal and public space.

Through May 10, 2015
Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities
—The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

Uneven Growth seeks to challenge current assumptions about the relationships between formal and informal, bottom-up and top-down urban development, and to address potential changes in the roles architects and urban designers might assume vis-à-vis the increasing inequality of current urban development. The resulting proposals, which will be presented at MoMA in November 2014, will consider how emergent forms of tactical urbanism can respond to alterations in the nature of public space, housing, mobility, spatial justice, environmental conditions, and other major issues in near-future urban contexts.

Through May 25, 2015
Tools: Extending Our Reach
—Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, New York

Often, we think of tools as complex creations involving technology or engineering, but some are actually simple things we use every day. Some save us time and help make our lives easier, while others have helped us achieve amazing feats; some inventions forever change the way we do certain things, and many more have remained nearly the same for centuries.

Selected from Cooper Hewitt and nine other Smithsonian collections, the 175 objects in Tools span diverse cultures, places, and time periods. The 1.85 million years of tool use and design represented in the exhibition provide an opportunity to consider tools as classic examples of design, and reveal the fundamental role they play in shaping our lives.