The European Design Awards 2014

Europe’s best publicised Design Awards

The European Design Awards is the comprehensive annual awards organization celebrating the best of graphic design, illustration and digital design in Europe. A joint effort by 15 communication design magazines from across the continent, the ED-Awards boast the most qualified jury around, composed of representatives from leading European design magazines.

The ED Awards, now in their eighth year, are constantly evolving to embrace the changes in the world of printed and digital communication design. An ever-expanding digital jury composed of editors of online design magazines was introduced in 2013 and new categories are being added to better suit designers’ needs.

The entry deadline is 21 February 2014!





Muuto is looking for new exciting design talent in the Nordic region!
Please apply through the Muuto Talent Award 2011, a design competition for students of design schools in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

Qualifications required:
Personality, creativity and a good idea for a new Muuto product within furniture, lighting or home accessories!

Send your “application” to as a pdf presentation!

Muuto Talent Award was initiated in 2009, and so far we have had fantastic interest and support from students of more than 20 different schools. Obviously we hope that it will be even better this year!

Previous winners of the competition include Thörne & Johnsson with their Keep table that was subsequently launched in 2010 and last year’s winner Whatswhat Collective that submitted the floor lamp Pull that is due to be launched early 2012.

This year, we are hoping that even more students will participate and that we will, once again, find another new Muuto designer (or perhaps more).

We (and our potential new designers) would greatly appreciate if you could help us spread the word through your website, blog, facebook feed, twitter etc.

For more information, have a look at or contact us directly.

Venlig hilsen / Best regards,

Morten Kaaber
Brand Manager
Peder Hvitfeldts Stræde 4, 3. sal
DK-1173 København K
Mobile: +45 60 88 89 09
Office: +45 32 96 98 99
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Clio DYO Shaver Contest

[Clio DYO Shaver Contest](
Deadline: June 30 2010

Design your own patterns for Clio’s palmperfect¨ shaver. Most votes wins $500 and their work featured on the #1 selling electric shaver for women.


BaseKit throws down the gauntlet for budding web designers

Web design software developer BaseKit has teamed up with iStockphoto to launch a competition for web designers and Photoshop enthusiasts alike. The prizes include: shiny new Apple iPads, Wacom Tablets and a stack of credits for iStockphoto. The challenge: to create a tasty original website design using BaseKit.

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The competition is live now, and entries can be submitted up until 2nd May 2010. After this, the judges will deliberate over the entries and create a shortlist, from which the eventual winners will be selected.

Judges include Jay Hathaway, a blogger for AOL’s tech news website Download Squad, and Oliver Lindberg, deputy editor of .NET magazine, as well as Ian Harding of iStockphoto, and members of the BaseKit team.

“BaseKit has been in beta for a couple of months now,” said Richard Best, a founder of BaseKit. “We’ve had some excellent feedback from early adopters, and we’ve made tweaks here and there accordingly. Now it’s time to open up the arena to all web designers, to really see what they can do with BaseKit as a design tool.”

BaseKit is web design software which is based in an internet browser. It lets designers upload Photoshop PSD files as templates for the site’s design, then drop ‘widgets’ onto the design from within the editor to add anything from text windows to RSS feeds. Widgets can be customised using built in options, or edited in more detail with the drop-down CSS console. Designers can preview their sites live in their browser, and then publish them instantly, without having to worry about FTP content.

To enter the competition, all you have to do is build a website on BaseKit and then submit it to the judges through the BaseKit website. To sign up for a BaseKit account and start building your award-winning site click[ HERE](




The Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award is presented by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia. The Powerhouse Museum is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia’s leading cultural institution dedicated to celebrating human ingenuity.

Lace offers a subtle interplay of space, light and shadows and the mystery of concealment. The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, has an extraordinary and well documented collection of approximately 3,000 items of lace dating from the sixteenth century to the present. The Museum’s Lace Study Centre has three hundred handmade examples of lace on display daily.

The triennial Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award seeks to encourage contemporary work of exceptional visual impact and originality, and to challenge conventional notions of lace and its applications.


  • To encourage the creation of contemporary lace of exceptional quality and visual impact.
  • To promote innovation in the use of materials and techniques.
  • To redefine traditional expressions of lace making and its design applications.
  • To gather a wide range of entries to reflect both the affinity and diversity of global cultures.

For the purposes of this award we define lace as:

‘an openwork structure in which the pattern of spaces is as important as the solid areas.’


  • Using the above definition as inspiration, create an original work in lace that can be worn, or used in the built environment, or a digital multi media interpretation of lace. Materials are limited only by your imagination. Works can range from large spatial pieces to tiny filigrees or multi media creations.
  • The work must be original and reflect a sense of the maker’s identity and cultural origins.
  • Both traditional and non-traditional lace making techniques and materials are acceptable. Lace can be hand-constructed and decorated, machine-constructed and decorated, or a combination of both.
  • It can be two- or three-dimensional.
  • There are categories for traditional techniques, fashion, built environment and digital multi media lace design.
  • Finalists will be chosen from expressions of interest and their work must be made and completed in 2010.
  • An entry can be submitted by up to two people who will then be credited equally.


The work will be judged by a panel of international and Australian experts drawn from traditional and contemporary disciplines of lace, fashion, design and architecture with reference to:

  • Visual impact
  • Originality and creativity
  • Innovation in design, materials and/or technique
  • Conceptual interpretation of ‘place’ or origin
  • Skill in execution

Works will be selected for consideration for exhibition in June 2011.
Overall winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition.


There are two award categories:

1. Open Category

    International artists, designers and practitioners (professional or amateur)

2. Tertiary students of design in Australia and New Zealand

    Students enrolled in Australia or New Zealand at the time they submit their expression of interest

PRIZES (only one prize will be awarded to each entry)

Category 1: Open

Winner: overall
(from any category 1 entry)
Winner: traditional techniques
(includes: needle lace, bobbin lace, crochet, knitting, knotting, netting and mixed laces)
Winner: fashion
(includes: garment, jewellery or accessory)
Winner: built environment
(includes: interior design, product design,or architecture)
Winner: digital multi media
(includes: computer generated virtuallace design)

Category 2: Tertiary students in Australia and New Zealand

Winner AU$4,000

People’s Choice Award

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to select a work to be awarded the People’s Choice Award at the close of the exhibition.


29 March 2010 Completed expressions of interest received electronically from all entrants. Judges complete the selection process.
12 May 2010 Selected finalists notified by email.
12 May – 25 November 2010 Selected finalists proceed with work.
25 November 2010 Selected finalists’ work delivered to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
July/August 2011 SydneyDesign11 exhibition opens.

Call for Entries: Enter the most prestigious juried competition for illustration.


Introduce your work to the world. Enter Communication Arts magazine’s 51st Illustration Competition. Hundreds of award-winning images are selected for their creative excellence—by an esteemed jury of designers and art directors—in editorial, advertising, institutional, for sale and unpublished categories.

Why enter?
CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession. Ask any creative director which competitions rank as the most influential, and they’ll place Communication Arts at the top of the list.

* Entries submitted after January 8, 2010 require a $10 per entry late fee. No entries will be accepted after January 22, 2010.

To Enter Online NOW:


New identity for Aalto University

Aalto University is a newly created university resulting from the merger of three Finnish universities the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Art and Design and the Helsinki University of Technology – all leading and renowned institutions in their respective fields and in their own right. Aalto University will begin operating in January 2010, and open up a new world of possibilities for multidisciplinary education and research.

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Recently Aalto University got its identity, selected after competition, and winning bid triggered a [fierce discussion]( among members of, a local forum of graphic designers. Unfortunately this site is in Finnish, so maybe []( will do a trick.

[Here the link]( to the original identity file.


Swedish design student wins Electrolux Design Lab 2009 with his concept “Cocoon”

Electrolux, a global leader in home and professional appliances, selected Cocoon as
the Electrolux Design Lab ’09 winner. The announcement was made at the finals in
London on September 24, 2009, at 100% Design London, the UK’s leading
architecture and design event.

“Cocoon” is a sustainable response to the
world’s growing population and its desire to
consume meat and fish. Similar to heating
popcorn in a microwave, Cocoon prepares
genetically engineered and pre-packaged meat
and fish dishes by heating muscle cells
identified by radio frequency identification
(RFID) signals. The signals detect the specific
dish and then suggest the required cooking
time. This process uses science to create food,
lifting a burden on the planet by reducing the
need for further intensive farming and fishing.
The negative effects of this process, including the mass transportation of food around
the world, clearing of land and distortion of ecosystems, are
then negated.

**Jury motivation**

A jury of internationally-recognized designers judged the entries
based on intuitive design, innovation, and consumer insight.
Their motivation: “Cocoon addresses a controversial issue that
is very real: humankind’s continued desire to eat meat and fish.
A great design concept polarizes opinion, and this is exactly
what Cocoon achieves by exploring this issue. An inviting,
tactile design, the Cocoon resembles a gemstone with a metal
accent reflecting the heritage of the Swedish art-glass industry.
Cocoon meets all of the brief’s criteria: it is daring, cutting edge
and truly innovative in its focus on social and environmental issues.


How to use 500 Pencils?


How to use 500 Pencils?

Brief: How would YOU use 500 Colored Pencils?

We’re looking for the most ingenious and imaginative ways to use the 500 Colored Pencils – ways to go beyond everyday use. Think creatively!

Prize: $1,000 and a set of 500 Colored Pencils

Deadline: October 5th, 2009

[Click Here]( for details on the competition and the 500 Colored Pencils project.

500 colors, names, stories.



Electrolux: Ergorapido competition

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Electrolux launched promotional campaign for their Ergorapido Cyclonic 2 in 1, in this time it’s a competition, where participants submits photos of their homes to have a chance to win Ergorapido or grand prize – a trip to London, Nice, or Istanbul and 5000€ worth of furnishing goods.

I was proudly accepted the invitation of Electrolux to participate in Jury, and started to vote on submissions. In jury also participating well known bloggers and designers:



KIM LIM, Studio Chief Designer of Electrolux Industrial Design Centre Stockholm.

So what do you waiting for? Go to competition site and submit photos of your inspiring interior design at Ergorapido site: [](

You can also follow Ergorapido blog: [](