solidThinking is pleased to announce their eponymous solidThinking Design Competition 2011, honoring the best design concepts created completely using solidThinking 8.5 software. Any student over the age of 18 can enter any original design: consumer goods, electronics, furniture, jewelry, fashion, medical products, packaging, toys, transportation, etc.
"Through the solidThinking Design Competition 2011, we want to give an opportunity to young designers to express their creativity while learning our 3D software, with the additional benefits of gaining exposure for their talents, being evaluated by global design thought leaders and—why not—winning nice prizes," said Alex Mazzardo, solidThinking's vice president of product strategy and marketing. "solidThinking tools are inspired by and used by some of the world's most creative product designers, and we are certainly eager for up-and-coming designers to apply their talents and techniques to our concept-creation software."
An international jury of high-profile designers, academics and writers—including Core77's own Stuart Constantine—will judge the entries on aesthetic qualities and form innovation, function innovation and feasibility and presentation techniques (see the full breakdown on the competition page).
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions—$5,000 and a solidThinking 8.5 Inspired commercial license for first place— while all entries published on the solidThinking.com website will receive a 24-month solidThinking Inspired educational license.