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2020 YOUNG DESIGNERS’ ONLINE EXHIBITION (YODEX)

May 22, 2020 - April 30, 2021
Taipei, Taiwan
YODEX is the world’s largest exchange platform for design talents and creative exhibitions, which was established in 1982 and is now in its 39th year. It is an important stage for Taiwan’s design students to showcase the results of their education, as well as a platform for companies to discover outstanding design talents and promote exchanges between industry and academia. Due to the influence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the 2020 YODEX which now take place as an online exhibition, more than 4,000 design works from 138 departments at 64 schools have shown at YODEX this year.
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WDO Member: TDRI
Category: Exhibition

THE BIOMIMICRY GLOBAL DESIGN CHALLENGE

September 1, 2020 - September 1, 2021
United States
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge calls for design concepts addressing any issue(s) outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals. We know that the SDGs are vast and expand across many subject areas, but this diversity means there are also just as many solutions out there waiting to be discovered. Successful teams will define a concrete, well researched area of focus for their design efforts and apply the core concepts and methods of biomimicry in developing a solution. We are especially interested in projects that go beyond familiar approaches by identifying unique leverage points for change, removing barriers to the adoption and spread of existing solutions, and/or clearly demonstrating how biomimicry can lead to new, novel, or more effective solutions. Website
Category: Challenge

RED DOT AWARD: PRODUCT DESIGN

October 12, 2020 - February 19, 2021
Munich, Germany
The Red Dot Award: Product Design, whose origins date back to 1955, appraises the best products created every year. In roughly 50 categories, manufacturers and designers can enter their innovations in the competition. On Young Professionals Application Day, graduates of design courses who have obtained their academic qualifications within the past five years have the opportunity to take part in the draw for one of 50 free registration places. According to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, the jury evaluates the entries and only awards a Red Dot to products that win them over with their high design quality.

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Category: Awards

AED NEULAND 2021 COMPETITION FOR YOUNG DESIGNERS

October 13, 2020 - March 31, 2021
Germany,
We are very pleased that our "neuland" competition for young talent will be back in 2021. This is made possible by the generous support of the Karl Schlecht Foundation. The registration is now available, the closing date for entries is 31 March 2021. Eligible to participate are students and graduates of colleges, academies and universities who, at the time of not older than 28 years (01.03.1993 or later).

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Category: Competition

PILL PROTECT QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE

November 9, 2020 - January 29, 2021
Visionaries are invited to submit ideas aiming to prevent or reduce the accidental accessing by children of medications in pill minders, pill organizers or pill dispensers. The innovator(s) with the best idea, potential technology, or potential solution will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding, access to the global JLABS network and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

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Category: Challenge

GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN AWARDS 14TH EDITION

December 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021
Montreal, Canada
The GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards celebrates and rewards the work of designers and architects who improve our quality of life and the built environment, as well as private and public clients who entrust them with their design needs. Enhancing the appreciation and promotion of excellence in design, the awards provide international recognition and exposure to its winners. The competition is open to all design and architecture professionals and students, as well as to real estate developers, contractors, manufacturers, and clients who have called upon these professionals to design their projects and products, in several disciplines and categories Website
Category: Awards

HIGASHIKAWA KAGU DESIGN COMPETITION

December 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021
Hokkaido, Japan
Launching a competition aimed at fostering human resources, proposing new ways of life, and promoting local industry Higashikawa, a major producer of Asahikawa furniture, has established the "Kengo Kuma & Higashikawa" KAGU Design Competition in collaboration with architect Kengo Kuma, and is currently accepting applications for the competition. We are seeking designs for "KAGU" that will lead to the creation of a new, careful lifestyle for the young people who will lead the next generation. The theme of the first call for entries is "Wooden Chair Designs". Participants must be students and 30 or younger at the time of submission. The deadline for submissions is March 31st (advance registration required by February 27). Ten works will be selected from among the entries, and a public presentation will be held in Higashikawa in June for the final selection. Website
Category: Competition

AZ AWARDS 2021 – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

January 4 - February 25
Toronto, Canada
The AZ Awards is acknowledged for its influence and significance within the global design and architecture sphere and is a unique opportunity for architects and designers to receive the international exposure and acknowledgement that their exceptional work deserves.Entries are juried by a panel of internationally renowned practitioners in the areas of product design, architecture, landscape architecture and interiors. Finalists and winners will be celebrated at the AZ Awards Gala in June 2021, and published in print and online. Website
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

RESHAPE THE TOWER OF MEMORY – JIAXING NANHU WATER TOWER DESIGN COMPETITION

January 13 - January 27
Jiaxing, China
To reconstruct the water tower, fully consider the water tower itself and its surrounding conditions of architecture and historical culture, merely reconstruct the façade (including but not limit to art installation embedding or overlapping, micro renewal of façade, façade painting, new outer skin covering, etc.) to make it reborn in two layers – image and cultural context. Website
Category: Competition

WORLD DESIGN IMPACT PRIZE 2021 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

January 13 - April 30
WDO’s World Design Impact Prize aims to recognize and elevate industrial design-driven projects that have a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural or environmental quality of life. Open internationally, projects can either be submitted directly by 30 April 2021 or nominated by a third party before 31 March 2021. In addition to being thoughtfully designed and socially beneficial, submissions must strive to demonstrate an understanding of local environments, communities and cultures. Terms and conditions for this award as well as the form to submit can be accessed at wdo.org/wdip Website
Category: Competition, World Design Impact Prize

DIA 2021

January 20 - June 25
Hangzhou, China
Design Intelligence Award (DIA) is an international academic award in industrial design established in China, 2015. It is a platform for evaluation, promotion and communication of design, an accelerator bringing innovation to the industry and the future. There is no application fee to be charged, and the total bonus is as much as 5 million RMB. Website
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

DESIGNTO FESTIVAL 2021

January 22 - January 31
Toronto, Canada
DesignTO Festival is Canada’s leading (and largest) annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making, with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 22-31, 2021. Since 2011, DesignTO has been bringing communities together to celebrate design, by taking art and design out of the studio and into the urban realm.

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Category: Festival

NO WASTE CHALLENGE

January 27 - April 1
What Design Can Do, in partnership with the IKEA Foundation, has launched 'No Waste Challenge' - asking designers and creatives everywhere to reduce waste and rethink consumerism. No Waste Challenge aims to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: waste. This global design competition calls on all creatives and innovators to submit innovative solutions to reduce waste and re-design the way we extract, produce, and consume resources on the planet. Each winner will receive €10.000 in funding and enter a tailor-made development program that propels their projects through 2022. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2021.

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Category: Challenge

DESIGN TREND 2021

January 29
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
The Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) is hosting DESIGN TREND Webinar 2021, free of charge. Invited design and trend experts will share their insights and perspectives on the latest trends on design, technology and CMF, as well as challenges we are faced with and the counter strategies. Please note that pre-registration is required to join this webinar.
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WDO Member: Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP)
Category: Seminar/Webinar

BANGKOK DESIGN WEEK 2021

January 31 - February 7
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Design Week 2021 (BKKDW2021), the fourth edition of all, will be held from January 30th to February 7th, 2021 under the theme “Resurgence of Possibilities”. Explore new opportunities and possibilities emerging from urban revival amid crises and challenges the world is currently facing to overcome and grow through in the future. Organized in creative districts throughout Bangkok such as Charoenkrung-Talad Noi, Samyan, Ari-Pradipat, and Thonglor-Ekkamai.

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Category: Design week

ASIA DESIGN PRIZE 2020 AWARDS

February 4
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
This competition is open to anyone in the world and will host designs from four different categories; Industrial, Space/Architecture, Communication, and Social Impact. Designers, design institutes, design studios, and students can all partake in this event. The competition will have 40 judges from 13 different countries around the world. All of them are renowned designers eager to see your creativity and ten percent of the entries will be selected by them as final winners. Projects will be valued using three different criteria; aesthetics, uniqueness, and practicality.

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Category: Awards

STOCKHOLM DESIGN WEEK

February 8 - February 14
Stockholm, Sweden
The most important weeks for Scandinavian design. Exhibitions. Openings. Dinner parties. Design talks. Cocktails. Two weeks a year with hundreds of events by some of the most interesting and important players within design. Join designers, architects, creators, buyers, journalists and design enthusiasts during the most important weeks for Scandinavian design. See you there.

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Category: Design week

OUTDOOR DESIGN AWARD

February 26
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
The Outdoor Design Award is a global award hosted by Designsori Co.,Ltd, a design content marketing group known for having the best screening and judging system in Asia. Our goal is to discover and promote novel and practical outdoor product designs, environment designs, and services in compliance with Glocalization in the post-COVID19 world. Professor Ken Nah, from the Graduate School of International Design (IDAS) at Hongik University will lead our screening committee and conduct fair and high-quality screening.

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Category: Awards

C-IDEA DESIGN AWARD 2020

February 28
The C-IDEA Design Award is the Worlds’ annual juried design competition that aims to recognize and promote visionary talents in a wide array of categories ranging from communication design, industrial design, architecture, interior design, fashion design, and new media. The C-IDEA Design Award aims to recognize outstanding design with social value, excavate more farsighted, and responsible excellent design forces to help the development of the design industry! The C-IDEA Design Award hopes to create more opportunities for excellent designers to communicate and cooperate with exhibitions, awards ceremonies, and international events. Website
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

BOGOTA DESIGN FESTIVAL

March 2 - March 6
Bogota, Colombia
The Bogota Design Festival - BDF is a 4-day event that promotes and brings together creativity, innovation and design in all its states, whether in industrial and artisan objects, artistic, graphic, digital, gastronomic, visual, interior design or fashion, where the creative industries and design are the transversal subjects, that impact both commercially and culturally, as well as our identity as a city.

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Category: Design week
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