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International Design Competition for Students
"Design for Happiness"

Announcement of the prize winners

The International Design Competition is organized in association with CUMULUS KYOTO 2008 International Design Conference, which will be held in Kyoto in March 2008. This competition is open to students of Cumulus member schools and students of undergraduate, graduate and advanced vocational schools for art and design in the host country Japan.

"Regardless of genre, 'Happiness' is the ultimate goal behind designs which are continuously being submitted from all over the world." This is the overall theme of the competition, under which the organizer invites proposals that include the student's point of view, and presents awards to those students who come up with revolutionary, enterprising, and innovative proposals. These design proposals should not relate just to forms, styles, descriptions or expressions. It is expected that they are worth being exhibited in public at the International Design Conference and will have some impact on the international design market.

Sections and Themes

Section A : for ECOLOGY

Theme: Co-exist with the Earth, then …

"Humans and the global environment." Ecological issues are now attracting general attention, but what is needed both physically (water, air, etc.) and psychologically? And what kind of designs are in required?

Section B: for TRADITION

Theme: Put life into a tradition and hand it down, then …

Traditional crafts in Japan and other countries of the world − in what "form" do people hand down their techniques and materials and create new traditions? Universality, change, evolution … And what are the challenges being faced in the world of design?

Section C: for SAFETY

Theme: Protect people and cities, then …

Impermissible acts of terrorism and unpredictable natural disasters − people are now confronting these potential dangers. What safety measures can be taken by people and cities? And what kind of designs are especially needed?

Application requirements

Application requirements

  1. Students of Cumulus member schools
    see a list of Cumulus member institutions
  2. Students of undergraduate, graduate and advanced vocational schools for art and design in Japan

The Work

The work must be a newly created, unpublished work. There is no limitation on the number of works, but one work cannot be submitted to more than one section.

Application Categories

Application categories range widely over graphics, products, interiors, textiles, crafts, environments, architectures, media, images, and so on. The categories are not established design categories. Fresh design proposals under the above themes are welcomed.

Awards

Grand Prix "Design for Happiness Prize"
1 work 6,250Euro with Certificate and Commemoratives

* The winner of the Grand Prix Award will be invited to the award ceremony, which will take place during CUMULUS KYOTO 2008 International Design Conference. All transportation costs shall be borne by CUMULUS KYOTO Organizing Office.

Prize for Ecology
Section Prize 1work 1,875 Euro with Certificate and Commemoratives
Corporate Prize 1work 625 Euro with Certificate and Commemoratives
Prize for Tradition
Section Prize 1work 1,875 Euro with Certificate and Commemoratives
Corporate Prize 1work 625 Euro with Certificate and Commemoratives
Prize for Safety
Section Prize 1work 1,875 Euro with Certificate and Commemoratives
Corporate Prize 1work 625 Euro with Certificate and Commemoratives

* The winner in each section will be asked to attend the award ceremony, which will take place during CUMULUS KYOTO 2008 International Design Conference. Part of the transportation costs shall be borne by CUMULUS KYOTO Organizing Office.

* The Corporate Prize will be specially chosen by the sponsor corporations.

Corporate Internship Prize
Several works 625 Euro with Certificate and Commemoratives

* The Corporate Internship Prizes will be specially chosen from all the works by the sponsor corporations. The prizewinners will be provided with the opportunity of obtaining practical experience or participating in an on-the-job training program as a designer for partner corporations, which may lead to future employment. The period of internship shall be decided by mutual agreement between the winner and the partner corporation.
* The prizewinners will be asked to attend the award ceremony, which will take place during CUMULUS KYOTO 2008 International Design Conference. Part of the transportation costs shall be borne by CUMULUS KYOTO Organizing Office.


* University accommodation will be provided for the award-winners. The accommodation costs of other facilities such as hotels should be borne by the individual.
* The prize-winners described above will be selected after fair and unbiased judging. As a result, there may be cases where no-one qualifies for a prize.
* The withholding tax will be deducted from the cash prize.

Judges

Preliminary Judging

Chief Judge: MATSUI Keizo
(Osaka University of Arts Graduate School, Art Director)
Judges: ONJI Atsushi
(Ecological Designer, GK Kyoto Inc. Director)
  IKEZAKI Yoshio
(Professor of Art Center College of Design)
  HATTORI Shigeki
("graf" decorative mode no.3 design products.inc. )
Corporate Judge: Design Section, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

Final Judging

Chief Judge: SHIMAMOTO Kan
(President, Kyoto Seika University)
Judges: ASABA Katsumi
(Art Director)
  SUDO Reiko
(Textile Designer)
  TAKAMATSU Shin
(Architect, Professor of Kyoto University)
  FUKASAWA Naoto
(Professor of Musashino Art University)
  WADA Tatsuya
(Professor of Tama Art University)
Corporate Judge: Design Section, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.

Application Process

Preliminary Judging

No application fee is required.
Applications are accepted only from the web site.
>> Submit projects here! "Application Form"

BY Sep. 28, 2007, please send the application form and your work from the web site. Later you will receive an application confirmation and your application number by email. If you submit more than one work, please make sure that you complete an application and receive an application number for each of your works.

The following items must be submitted:

  1. The title of the work: 20 word limit in English, or 40 character limit in Japanese
  2. A synopsis of the work’s concept, structure and so on: 100 word limit in English, or 200 character limit in Japanese
  3. The images to submit can be represented freely, using the followings as references.
    1. For 3D works; completion outlook, mockup pictures, freehand sketches with explanation, computer representations etc.
    2. For 2D works; completion outlook, freehand sketches with explanation, computer representations etc.
    3. For image works; rough movies, storyboards, computer representations etc.
  4. The images to submit (above a-c) should be in maximum of five files in total.
    Files for one work should be limited to a total of 2.5MB. Files should be submitted in the specified format;
    • Still image: 640 x 480 (or 480 x 640) pixel, 144 dpi, RGB mode, JPEG format
    • Moving image: 360 x 480 pixel, .swf, .mov, .avi format

* Do not include any information in any of the images submitted from which the applicant can be identified.

* Photographs etc. must be produced by the applicant or be copyright-free. Photographs etc. from the Internet are not acceptable.

Notification of the preliminary judging:

All applicants will be notified of the results of the judging.
All the works going through to the final judging (the selected works) will be introduced at the exhibition in Japan. The selection of a work may be revoked if it fails to be submitted to the final judging.

Final Judging

The final judging is only for the works that passed the preliminary judging.

After you pass the preliminary judging, please send the following to the organizing office. The cost for producing and sending your work for the final judging shall be born by the applicants. The judges will finalize the awards at the final judging.

The following items must be submitted:

    1. 3D work (prototype, miniature model, actual work) which is within 1000mm x 1000mm x 1000mm.
    2. 2D work (visual work, poster, actual work) which is roughly A1 size.
    3. Image works should be presented as a motion picture (on a CD-R/DVD). Please be sure to store the data on a different disk from that of item 3.
  1. Explanation panel up to three sheets of A1 size. This includes a caption (400 word limit in English, or 800 character limit in Japanese). This explanation panel is not required for an applicant who submits a 2D work only.
  2. A CD-R on which the panel data of item 2 is in PDF format.
  3. Applicants will be individually informed of other requirements, if any, when their works go through to the final judging.

* Selected works shall not be returned as a rule. The applicant should specify on the entry sheet if he/she wishes to get his/her work returned. The cost of the return shall be borne by the applicant.

* Photographs etc., must be produced by the applicant or be copyright-free. Photographs etc., copied from the Internet are not acceptable.

Application Period and Judging Schedule
(Times and dates are Japan standard time)

Work submission period for the preliminary judging July 23 (Mon.)-September 28(Fri.), 2007
Preliminary judging
(The selection of works for the final judging)
October 1 (Mon.)-15 (Mon.), 2007
Notification of the preliminary judging November 15 (Thu.), 2007
Deadline for the final judging January 15 (Tue.), 2008
Final judging
(The selection of award-winning works)
January 15 (Tue.)-30 (Wed.), 2008
Notification of the judging results End of January, 2008
Exhibition March 28 (Fri.)-April 13 (Sun.), 2008

Exhibition/Awarding Ceremony + Party

The award ceremony will be held at the opening ceremony of the International Design Symposium on Mar. 28.

The works which go through to the final judging will be displayed at the selected work exhibition "Design for Happiness." There may be cases where the contents of a work are not made public because of the possibility of their commercialization. In such cases, the designers may be notified for consent in advance.

venue: COCON Karasuma
Period: March 27 (Thu.) - April 3 (Thu.), 2008
The number of works to be displayed: 15 selected works for each section, a total of 45 works
Exhibition Party: March 29, 2008 at SOHOLM Café

Others

(1) Rights

As a rule, intellectual property rights (copyrights, design rights, etc.) will remain property of the applicant. The applicant must take all necessary steps. In this regard, nothing will be managed by CUMULUS KYOTO Organizing Office. in charge. Regardless of whether an entry has won a prize, the organizing office will hold preferential rights for negotiating exclusive intellectual property license for all entries for a period of one year from the announcement of the results of the final judging. Only in the case of a Corporate Prize winning work, when a sponsor negotiates the right for its commercialization or other forms of transfer of rights, will the procedures be carried out by the sponsor and the designer. If the designer does not apply for intellectual property rights, his/her rights will be fully transferred to the sponsor. While the organizing office holds exclusive licensing rights, the organizing office and sponsors have full rights to make all submitted works public, whether through websites, magazines, or any other form of publication.

(2) Revocation of Awards

An award may be revoked even after the announcement of the winners, if it becomes clear that a submitted work has been introduced to the public in the past or if there is suspicion that a work violates intellectual property rights (plagiarism etc.).

(3)Handling of Personal Information

Personal information passed on when an entry is submitted will not be offered to any third party outside the organizing office and sponsors. Great care will be taken to protect personal information.

(4) Inquiries

To make inquiries regarding the competition, please send an email to the organizing office at the address given on the website. Direct inquiries to sponsors are unacceptable. Only in cases where contacts should be made between a sponsor and a designer for the commercialization etc. of a Corporate Prize winning work, will the necessary information to establish those contacts in the appropriate manner be individually provided to all parties concerned.