Deadline: December 6
Appleton Coated's U360 Design Competition
U360 is a celebration of the role print plays in today's marketing mix. U360 embraces excellence in communication, design, and execution of projects. '360' reflects that the judging reflects a more holistic or 'all around' assessment of the project—from concept and writing, imagery and design and finally quality of print and bindery execution. Winners will be included in a showbook distributed throughout North America, the Utopia website and in press releases.
Deadline: December 10
H-Farm ventures launches "reDock," a product design contest aimed at designing an iPad stand that works in combo with the new mPOS devices (mobile point-of-sale).
Deadline: December 12
Concrete in Design
ITALCEMENTI and ALESSI present "#Concrete In Design," a contest dedicated to all creatives interested in researching and experimenting, to create a new design highlighting the properties of i.design EFFIX, the state of the art mortar developed for the latest needs of a cutting-edge design.
Deadline: December 18
Laundry Pods Design Competition
Procter & Gamble has launched a design competition for their 3-in-1 laundry pods*, the multi-chamber laundry detergent that adds a whole new dimension to laundry. This new three-chamber liquid packet form is a convenient laundry product that cleans, fights stains and brightens. The aim is to come up with new product, package and/or system solutions that can leverage the benefits of the laundry pods and address the needs of Young Adults (~20 to 35 years) in developing markets across the world. Participants can win cash prizes with a total value of $20,000.
(*Branded e.g. Ariel 3in1Pods or Tide Pods)
Deadline: December 20
Designers submit CAD designs, jewellery lovers vote and winning designs get manufactured and sold by Gem Privé. The winner will be compensated with 10% royalties on every piece sold, a £500 cash prize, as well as PR and marketing.
Deadline: December 29
Moogfest 2014 and The Media Arts Project Call to Artists
Over the last 50 years, Bob Moog and his company Moog Music have created technology that has given artists the ability to create and express themselves in new and limitless ways. As part of the festivities, Moogfest and The Media Arts Project (MAP) are issuing an invitation to artists, musicians, designers, architects, engineers, innovators, scientists and students to submit proposals for juried selection to contribute to Moogfest 2014.
Design teams are asked to propose a freestanding, rapidly deployable temporary pavilion, structure or installation that embodies the interdisciplinary philosophy and innovation that Moog exemplifies. Designs should enhance the experience of the user by engaging multimedia and multi-sensory experiences of sound, structure, materiality, light and form. The objective is for each entry to emphasize the intersection of art and technology.
Deadline: December 31
Ergonomics Design Award
Do you know someone who has demonstrated excellence in ergonomics/human factors application through the design of a product, system or project in use? The Ergonomics Design Award 2014 is entering its fifth year and is now open for entries until 31st December. The Award is organised by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors with the support of CCD Design and Ergonomics.
Deadline: December 31
2014 VELUX International Design Award
The VELUX International Design Award 2014 is based on the wish to discover the best and most innovative blinds of the future. It seeks to challenge the way we work with product development and encourages students to share their dreams and rethink future blind solutions.
Deadline: January 6, 2014
New Practices New York 2014
The competition identifies firms with unique and innovative strategies in both projects and practices. Architecture and design firms founded since 2004 and located within the five boroughs of New York City are encouraged to submit a practice narrative and a mini-portfolio of built, un-built or theoretical work. An exhibition of works by the winning practices will open at the Center for Architecture on October 1, 2014.
Deadline: Janaury 6, 2014
New Practice New York
New Practices New York is a biennial juried portfolio competition sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter. The competition identifies firms with unique and innovative strategies in both projects and practices. Architecture and design firms founded since 2004 and located within the five boroughs of New York City are encouraged to submit a practice narrative and a mini-portfolio of built, un-built or theoretical work.
Deadline: January 7, 2014
Chicco's Smart Baby Lunch
Chicco invites you to explore the world of childhood developing the new line of products dedicated to mealtime. The challenge consists in identifying smart and innovative solutions able to meet the parents' need of preserving, carrying and giving food outdoors, granting parents and children the same peacefulness and comfort found in the "eating ritual" done at home.
Deadline: January 10, 2014
Call for Artists: Design for the U.S. Mint
The Mint has partnered with the NEA to manage a new application and review process that is open to all U.S. citizens who are established in the fields of professional art or illustration. As part of the new process, the NEA will convene a review panel to examine all applications and recommend artists to submit demonstration designs. The Mint will pay $1,500 to each applicant for their demonstration design of a current coin or medal program. The review panel will make recommendations to the Mint for final selections.
Deadline: January 14, 2014
Architects in Mission Competition
In the past 30 years, China has been marked by its rapid urbanization. Besides the great achievements in economy, as a side effect, there is also a phenomenon of losing the original character of the cities in different region, mainly due to the tendency of copying the Beijing or Shanghai's urban style. How to enhance the quality of village life to match current living standards, but at the same time, setup an effective programming plan and building upgrade strategy to save the traditional culture (both physical and intangible), is the challenge of this year's AIM Competition.
We will use the Snow Mountain Village as this year's competition base model and ask participants to pay close attention to the master planning of the village, and at the same time to develop new business models for local villagers. We are proposing 25 Out of the 100 families in Snow Village will be programmed into a family style hotel, which will be first managed by hotel professional and sales experts, then later run by the villages themselves.
Deadline: January 14, 2014
eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition
eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the worldâ€™s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.
Deadline: January 24, 2014
Moving Education Design Competition
Moving Education is a competition that explores new ways of integrating movement in second level learning environments. We are calling all thinkers and doers, solvers and makers, dreamers and pragmatists to submit ideas that can transform, revolutionize and disrupt the current understanding of second level learning environments.
This competition invites submissions that explore the potential of movement in second level learning environments and how it can support physical and mental wellbeing and enrich the learning experience. We welcome multidisciplinary submissions that could range from product or furniture design, architectural/interior scheme, user interface or app, tools for educators through to a behavioural change strategy, service design solution or a communication campaign.
Deadline: January 30, 2014
Interieur Awards: Spaces
The Interieur Awards is an essential part of the Belgium-based Biennale Interieur program, esablished in Kortriijk in 1968. This competition has acheived a strong internation presence as a launchpad for young designers thanks to an influential internationally acclaimed jury and direct access to design manufactureres and producers. For this competition, create a cutting-edge bar concept for the Biennale Interieur 2014.
Deadline: February 10, 2014
The Future of Money Design Award
The FOM award invites creative practitioners to imagine a future world where identity has become the new money. We are looking for either hopeful or woeful visions of this monetary future, which explore the social impact of this technological trend.
Deadline: February 15, 2014
Master and Protégé Design Competition: Inspiration and Empowerment
As we look to give thanks this holiday season, what a better way to lend a hand to someone in need and give back to the community than by entering the second annual Origomu contest, "Master and Protégé Design Contest: Inspiration and Empowerment," sponsored by Greencard Creative. The contest calls for designers to partner with underprivileged women to work together to transform recycled six-pack rings into unique and beautiful wearable art. Participants have the chance of winning 1 of 3 cash prizes: 1st prize $4,000, 2nd prize $2000, and 3rd prize $1000.
Deadline: February 18, 2014
Graphis Poster Annual 2015
The top international platinum, gold and silver winner in the Americas, Europe and Asia will appear in Graphis' annual. Additional winners will be featured on the website.
Deadline: February 24, 2014
[DUBAI 09]: Architecture School Tower Competition
This new international competition is to offer an alternative environment for studying and training to acquire the vocational and practical skills and knowledge required to become an architect within this global city. The new building should create a strong architectural symbol and statement within the city. Participants are challenged to create and suggest the most desirable vertical educational environment with their design proposal that best serves these students aiming to be part of the unique profession of architecture.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
A' Design Awards & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition is an annual juried design competition that honors best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. The A' Design Accolades are organized and awarded internationally in a wide array of categories ranging from industrial design to architecture. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A' Award to push them further for success.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Interieur Awards: Objects
The Interieur Awards is an essential part of the Belgium-based Biennale Interieur program, esablished in Kortriijk in 1968. This competition has acheived a strong internation presence as a launchpad for young designers thanks to an influential internationally acclaimed jury and direct access to design manufactureres and producers. For this competition, create a new object that is relevant to our livingenvironment and helps us improve daily life.
Through December 6
ICID 2013: International Conference on Interaction Design
ICID goes back to the basics and looks at the nature of interaction design by exploring its attributes and expression of actions. While interaction design is gaining popularity across the globe, there has not been any clear and agreed upon definition of what it is and how to do it. The conference features 12 keynote speakers from eight countries and experience on five continents for a truly international perspective.
Through December 7
Business of Design Week 2013
—Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong, China
Organized by the Hong Kong Design Centre in partnership with the "Belgian Spirit," a Belgian initiative created to strengthen creative links and cultural and economic exchanges between professionals from Belgium and Hong Kong in the fields of architecture, design and fashion. Before the present partnership with Belgium, this event had other leading countries in terms of design and architecture such as the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Japan, Germany and Denmark as partners.
BODW aims to be a platform for sharing ideas and establishing a dialogue between the various stakeholders in the design world. This forum provides the public and creators a unique audience of stakeholders, experts and creators.
Through December 8
Art Miami 2013
—Midtown Miami Complex, Miami, Florida
Art Miami is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during Art Week at the Midtown Miami complex in the renowned Wynwood Arts District. It is one of the most important annual contemporary art events in the United States, attracting more than 65,000 motivated collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe. Entering its 24th year, Art Miami remains committed to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with a selection of the world's most respected galleries.
January 23–26, 2014
Interior Design Show
Now in its 16th year, IDS brings together the newest & most innovative of international and Canadian design. With three full days of inspirational exhibits, influential speakers and leading products, IDS is not just a fair—it's a total design experience.
April 22–May 1, 2014
Florence Design Week
—New York, New York
Florence Design Week - International Design Festival is an event dedicated to design in all its forms, and to art, as means of communication and promotion of culture, along with local identity in a global vision. At the 5th edition in the City of Florence, this year too, there will take place the spontaneous role as catalyst for national and international creative energy as expressed by professionals, companies and institutions that make a way of life, not only a profession, out of design and visual arts.
May 8–11, 2014
2014 Outsider Art Fair New York
—New York, New York
The new dates for New York reflect a major shift for the OAF, which has been held in late January since its inception in 1993. The decision to reposition it concurrently with the New York edition of Britain's Frieze Art Fair is part of Wide Open Arts' mission to increase international awareness of both legendary and newly discovered self-taught artists, whose work is rarely seen at the major fairs.
The Chair That Rocks: Traditional Pottery and Woodcraft Workshop
Attendees will create two projects over the span of seven days: a traditional Tlacotalpan pottery piece and a rocking chair. Area professionals will step students through the traditional pottery-making and woodworking process that the town is known for. Attendance is limited to six people.
Cooper U's Interaction Design Training
—Cooper, San Francisco, California
Learn about Personas and Goal-Directed design from the people who invented them! Our practicum is an intensive, hands-on workshop led by senior Cooper staff. First we'll show you how to practice Goal-Directed Design in more depth than you'll find anywhere else, then you and a small group of professionals from around the world will put it into practice to design an example product. Here's a taste of what you'll learn: how to conduct user research; translate research into personas, goals, and scenarios; develop and prioritize requirements based on user and business goals; turn requirements into a concrete product concept. This course also serves as the foundation for the rest of our Cooper U curriculum.
Through December 7
"Imaginary Landscape No. 9"
—Paris London Hong Kong, 845 W. Washington Blvd. #2R, Chicago, Illinois
Paris London Hong Kong is pleased to invite you to "Imaginary Landscape No. 9," New York artist Tom Meacham's first solo project with the gallery.
This year, the conference will feature the "Belgian Spirit," focusing on Belgium's international importance at the highest level of design and creativity. In selecting Belgium as this year's BODW's partner country, the forum aims to showcase the highly influential Belgian and Flemish perspective in exhibitions, forums and programs, as well as their key role in the growing business of design, innovation and branding.
December 7–January 24, 2014
Exhibit: "Sorry It's Not For You"
—*Subject To Change gallery, Cardiff, Wales
Making art from the contents of the much-maligned doner kebab and screen-printing the Union Flag onto a black bin liner, the work of Mark James is often provocative and occasionally humorous. A collaborator with the likes of Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, Hot Chipâ€™s Joe Goddard and Underworld's Karl Hyde, Jamesâ€™ latest exhibition, "Sorry It's Not For You," opens at the new *Subject To Change gallery.The inaugural *Subject to Change exhibition sees James delve into an extensive archive and choose key pieces from over a decadeâ€™s worth of personal projects and music-related assignments, alongside new works specially created for the show. From work on paper, to vinyl toys and work made from leather—including a wage wallet embossed with the text of a vintage wage slip—the show will demonstrate the impressive breadth of his portfolio.
December 7–February 16, 2014
"Joseph Grigely and Amy Vogel: Inside the Outside"
—Alderman Exhibitions, Chicago, Illinois
This exhibition explores how nature informs the act of representation in various forms of art including paintings, sculpture and even trout flies and automobile air fresheners. The exhibition is presented within the context of a fictionalized northwoods cabin, where nature is unmade, remade, and made over: there is a pot-belly stove remodeled in crystal urethane; beside it is a small pile of split logs cast in zinc; nearby is a mounted deer, with antlers covered with knitted, blaze-orange wool. In the middle of all of this is a fly-tying table, as well as an archive of flies: flatwings, haystacks, Wulffs, and the materials used to make them: muskrat fur, pheasant, partridge, wild turkey, and wood duck feathers, deer hair and an array of hackle.
Like nature itself, Inside the Outside is a mutable exhibition: the art, and the way it is installed, will change over the course of the exhibition challenging conventions and offering alternative modes of engagement within text.
The COFA ANNUAL 2013 exhibition features a stunning array of animation, ceramics, drawing, digital imaging, environments, graphics, installation, interactive media, jewellery, motion graphics, objects, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, textiles and video works by COFA's more than 350 graduating students.
Practicing artists spend a good deal of time coming up with unrealized ideas, filling in applications for grants and awards and public works installations. Many of these end up being preserved in their own filing systems, to remain forever in storage. This is an exhibition of the best of these failed proposals, with each artist represented by a succinct project description, a model or sketch and the accompanying rejection letter.
Through December 14
Environments and Counter Environments. "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape," MoMA, 1972
—Graham Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
This exhibition highlights the lasting significance of MoMA's groundbreaking 1972 exhibition, Italy: The New Domestic Landscape and emphasizes both the dynamic context of radical Italian design and architecture in the 1970s, as well as the innovative exhibition that first presented this work in America.
Curated by Emilio Ambasz in 1972, Italy: The New Domestic Landscape showcased the forefront of Italian design and commissioned a series of experimental domestic "environments" and attendant films by the most vibrant Italian architects and designers of the period. Utilizing a unique organizational method, works in the exhibition were separated into two distinct categories: Objects, which were subdivided into three groups—reformist; conformist; and contestatory—and Environments, which were divided into design as postulation; design as commentary; and counterdesign and postulation.
Presented for the first time since 1972, Environments and Counter Environments brings together these important, previously lost films and returns to the original exhibition, not as a reconstruction, but as an analytical project that attempts to reassess the visionary possibilities of architecture and design. Also on display will be a selection of materials on the prototype Environments, as well as many of the original documents, working drawings, renderings, and primary source images, photographs, and models that went into the making of the MoMA exhibit.
Through December 21
Exhibit: Calder Shadows
—Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Ave., Third Floor, New York City, New York
Along with George Rickey, Alexander Calder was a pioneering figure in the development of abstract kinetic sculpture. Calder is particularly notable for his invention of the "mobile," a free-hanging sculptural form composed of weighted shapes that are attached to finely balanced metal rods.
The Outsiders London enthusiastically welcomes Cyclops for his first solo exhibition with the gallery. The Way of All Flesh features an entirely new suite of paintings displayed for the first time. Nine large canvases depicting striking female figures, painted in oils, acrylic and spray paint, dominate the exhibition. A corresponding selection of still life pieces works demonstrate his skills at the easel and grasp of contemporary culture, featuring for instance a skull wearing a cap from cult NY street wear label Supreme.
Through January 5, 2014
"Objects in Motion"
—Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Joey Ruiter is a designer who excels in creating innovative concepts. He pushes to the limits the idea of what is required for an object to function, searching for new ways of thinking about materials, scale, manufacturing processes and function. His signature is design that meets everyday needs in surprising ways, such as a motorcycle with no visible mechanical parts or a powerboat that makes no noise. The prototypes he creates challenge established expectations and help people start imagining what is possible.
Through January 11, 2014
Roni Horn Exhibit: "Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake"
—Hauser & Wirth New York, New York City, New York
Hauser & Wirth is proud to present an exhibition comprising two new series of works by artist Roni Horn. "Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake" will fill the gallery's West Chelsea space in Manhattan with large format drawings and two multi-part sculptures that continue Horn's exploration of the nature of perception, memory and identity.
Through January 13, 2014
"Room to Live: Recent Acquisitions and Works from the Collection"
—Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, California
With an emphasis on acquisitions made over the past several years, Room to Live features selected room-scale works and in-depth single-artist presentations from MOCA's renowned permanent collection. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, the exhibition includes works spanning fromthe 1960s to the present in a variety of media, including installation, sculpture, painting, drawing photography, and video.
Tranzit, an international organization, will transform the fifth floor gallery of the New Museum into the simulated interior of a spaceship. The vessel will visually recall the iconic Czech science-fiction film Ikarie XB-1 (1963), which melded postwar utopianism with Soviet utilitarianism. On view in and around the spacecraft will be 50+ artworks, mainly video, but also sculpture, print and installation, by artists hailing from cities around Eastern Europe.
February 1–March 2, 2014
Typography Day 2014
—Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, India
Typography Day will be organized for the seventh time on 28th Feb, 1st, 2nd March 2014 at the Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune in collaboration with the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) with support from India Design Association (InDeAs) and Aksharaya. The theme for this year's event is 'Typography and Culture.'
The event will feature a day of workshops on Typography and Calligraphy followed by two days of conference dedicated to typography and culture. The international conference which will be 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.
February 13–23, 2014
—Los Angeles, California
The 2014 SKYLINE presentation will consist of 16 installations crossing many distinct districts in downtown Los Angeles, including the Historic District, Fashion District, Arts District and Broadway District. SKYLINE aims to engage and educate the viewer through interventions specifically designed for individual sites. This results in an experience that draws attention to the architectural past, while providing a fresh, contemporary perspective.
Through February 16, 2014
Exhibit: "Legal Tender" by Emily Erb
—Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Delaware
In her first solo exhibition at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts entitled "Legal Tender," Philadelphia-based artist Emily Erb employs the ancient Indian technique of silk painting to reflect a global perspective on the history of American money. Winner of the People's Choice Award for her textile-based, iconoclastic interpretation of Picasso's Guernica (1937) from the DCCA's 2011 MFA Biennial exhibition, Erb's solo exhibition consists of new flag paintings depicting paper currency produced by the U.S. between 1862 and the present.
Through February 28, 2014
—Hong Kong, China
Southern China, a region which has emerged through industrialization is now moving forward, away from its industrial past and is searching for a form of cultural and architectural renewal. UABB 2013, the Shenzhen biennale, will turn the zone into an international playfield for architects and thinkers on urbanism.
The biennale explores urbanism dynamics of the Pearl River Delta and beyond through architectural, socio-cultural and artistic visions. A first curatorial statement will examine questions of geography, borders and urban life, through an exhibition and national pavilions.
Through March 2, 2014
Body & Soul: New International Ceramics
—Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York
The exhibition will highlight approximately 25 international artists who came to clay as painters, draughtsmen, or sculptors. Many are being shown for the first time in the United States. The range and quality of the works will make this exhibition engaging and provocative, and will bring this special area of creativity into a much-deserved focus.
Through March 22, 2014
Free Wheel Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design
—Design Museum Holon, Holon, Israel
Since its invention in the 19th century, the modest bicycle continues to be the easiest and most simplistic mode of transportation due to its minimal design. Unlike other objects, which go through constant design evolution, the bicycle has seemingly stayed loyal to its original structure over the past 200 years. However, upon closer examination, the different bicycles in this exhibition make apparent the various technological and social developments that the design has undergone.
Free Wheel, comprising of 100 bicycles, examines models from different historic periods to the most innovative models, allowing visitors the opportunity to appreciate the vast diversity of the bicycle's design details both comparatively and through a wide variety of cross sections.
Through March 23, 2014
Observeur du Design 2014
The Observeur du design is an annual award that aims to highlight and reward a selection of the best creations resulting from the collaboration between companies and designers. From the range of creations submitted each year, which runs at around 200 on average, an independent jury of professionals and international experts awards 'Stars' to the most outstanding products.
Through April 27, 2014
The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years
—Anneberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California
Organized in collaboration with National Geographic magazine, the exhibit celebrates the iconic publication's 125 year anniversary. National Geographic magazine is the official journal of the National Geographic Society. Long renowned for its stunning images, the magazine will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a special commemorative October 2013 issue, highlighting its ongoing dedication towards using the power of photography to explore, educate, inspire, document and preserve the world around us. In conjunction with the October issue, the Annenberg Space for Photography will present The Power of Photography, a special print and digital exhibition, as well as two documentaries.
Through July 6, 2014
"Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital"
—Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York
Featuring compelling creations from the past decade, from sculpture and furniture to fashion and transport, this exhibition will explore the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication.
Check out our Q&A with Curator Ron Labaco.
May 23–September 19, 2014
Cecil Beaton at Home
—Salisbury Museum, United Kingdom
Following sellout shows on Whistler and Constable, Salisbury Museum presents an innovative biographical view of legendary designer, photographer and artist, Sir Cecil Beaton, throuhg his two Wiltshire homes. Simultaneously a retreat, an inspiration and a stage for impressive entertaining, they also fueled his passion for gardening and delight in village life.