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ANDREU WORLD 20TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST

April 23 - November 27
Valencia, Spain
The Andreu World International Design Contest has been held annually since 2001, which surely makes it one of the oldest in the world, and is unique in its specialty, the design of seats and tables. The figures accumulated in the editions that have been made until today are spectacular, with tens of thousands of participants from more than a hundred countries.  To compete, participants must present a sustainable seat and/or table design that meets all the specifications that Andreu World presents in the product briefing, solving its technical and formal problems in the terms indicated for its production in series.

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WDO Member: Andreu World
Category: Competition

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

DUPONT UNDERGROUND: RETHINK DUPONT

August 20 - December 4
WA United States
Building on the success of our first international competition, the Dupont Underground is launching a second competition: Re-Think Dupont Circle. One of the key public spaces in Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s famous urban plan for the nations capital, Dupont Circle was not built out until the late 19th century and has not seen a significant redesign since the 1940’s when the automobile was ascendant. We feel it’s well past time to rethink Dupont Circle as a social, human-centered, public space.

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Category: Competition

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

August 29 - December 8
Amsterdam, Netherlands
La Biennale di Venezia, to mark the 125th anniversary of its foundation, is presenting Le muse inquiete (The Disquieted Muses). When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History, an exhibition by Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC), held in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini della Biennale from Saturday, August 29 to Tuesday, December 8, 2020. For the exhibition, the directors have selected rare footage, first-hand accounts, and a range of artworks, following various lines of research to examine the many times when the history of La Biennale has overlapped with the history of the world—revealing or generating institutional rifts and political and ethical crises, but also new creative languages.

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Category: Biennial, 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

EXPO DUBAI 2020

October 20, 2020 - April 10, 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s going to be fun. We’re talking eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun. Come along, or spend a lifetime telling less interesting stories.

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Category: Exhibition

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

FRINGE FURNITURE 2020

November 12 - November 29
Abbotsford, Australia
Fringe Furniture is a key forum for experimental, emerging and independent practices – over its 34 years, it has become a rite of passage for young designers and a barometer for the cutting edge of the design industry. This year, designers are encouraged to make new work in response to this year’s provocation, Bettermorphosis, but you can also exhibit work that’s already finished or new work that doesn’t respond to this theme. Designers can register work that isn’t yet finished – or even started. Provisional and sculptural works are welcome, as is any kind of object design. We want to see how designers have responded to the conditions of 2020.

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Category: Call for proposals

QI LU INTERNATIONAL DESIGN WEEK

November 27 - November 29
Shandong Province, China
Relying on four major sections of special exhibitions, awards and events, forum activities, and Qilu Culture tourism, the design week integrates four elements of “Chinese elements + exclusive design trends + innovation + fashion”, gathers top design resources, brand enterprises and industry elites at home and abroad, and strives to build an exhibition platform and exchange level between Chinese and foreign design industries. The show will attract hundreds of domestic and foreign industry big names and more than 100,000 high-end designers to attend the show, aiming to provide you the best information about furniture pieces, architecture, interior design projects, design boutiques, China culture events. Website
Category: Design week

DESIGN INSPIRE CONFERENCE 2020

November 28
Design Inspire conference is a platform that culminates this year’s journey of Design Inspire talk series and honors all the ten inspiring young designers recognized by us for the year 2020. The event will be virtual this year with key design leaders as the speakers and a design hackathon for the design students. The theme for this year is “hope & resilience”. In testing times like the one which our world faces today, the setbacks have to be overcome by building resilience in us and systems we design. Nature has been most successful to imbibe this strength into its system for millions of years. Human beings also have an innate sense of resilience which has been a cornerstone in our development. This can be cited as the ability to be flexible and supple to overcome difficult times. The challenge today is how we rebuild our systems to be resilient and which are inspired by the right ideals.

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Category: Conference

BUSINESS OF DESIGN WEEK 2020

November 30 - December 5
Hong Kong, China

VISION 20/21 is about finding clarity in uncertainty. It calls for a creative vision that makes a difference in times of change and ambiguity. BODW 2020 (themed on VISION 20/21) is Asia’s flagship event on design, innovation and brands. As our first hybrid event, complemented with LIVE simulcast on TV and social media, it brings together visionaries, innovators and creative leaders across sectors and industries from around the world to help redesign a better future. Join us for a series of high-level forums, discussions and other creative happenings across Hong Kong for timely insights into trends, leadership and the future of design.


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WDO Member: Hong Kong Design Centre
Category: Design week

RADO DESIGN WEEK 2020

November 30 - December 4
Rado Design Week is a collaboration between Dezeen and Rado celebrating the launch of a collection of unique watches that the Swiss brand has created in partnership with designers YOY, Tej Chauhan, Formafantasma and Thukral&Tagra. Every day throughout Rado Design Week, we will feature a short video revealing each new watch, which will be followed by a live panel discussion with the designer and Rado’s CEO Adrian Bosshard moderated by Dezeen’s editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.
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Category: Design week

BECOMING A WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL

December 2

WDO will host a unique information session towards 'Becoming a World Design Capital'. During this 90-minute, interactive Zoom session, we'll share insights and tips for preparing your bid, as well as provide answers to some of your most pressing questions regarding the programme and the impact that the WDC designation has had on other cities.

Category: Seminar/Webinar

WORLD DESIGN TALKS: DESIGN AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

December 9
As part of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, WDO and UN Women Asia and the Pacific will be hosting a virtual World Design Talk on 9 December 2020. With the goal of stimulating open dialogue around the value of design on the issue of VAWG, this event will showcase the work being done around the world by designers, activists and innovators to end gender-based violence and injustice.

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Category: World Design Talk

GOLDEN PIN DESIGN AWARD 2020

December 11
Taipei, Taiwan
Established in 1981, Taiwan’s Golden Pin Design Award is the most influential design award in the global Huaren market. The planning and handling of the awards, the prize-giving ceremony, and all other related events are executed by Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI). The 2020 Golden Pin Design Award (GPDA) and Golden Pin Concept Design Award (GPCDA) are now accepting submissions until July 9 and 15. GPDA will accept submissions of works that have already been commercialized and sold on the market while GPCDA accept works that will not be manufactured or sold on the market. In addition, GPCDA offer grand prize award monies totaling NT$ 1.2 million for innovative design ideas. Website WDO Member: TDRI
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

L A M P AWARDS

December 14
Barcelona, Spain
L A M P is a small organization that devotes itself to promoting and connecting emerging talents to new markets in lighting design. Our submission fees and sponsorships go directly into operating costs. This is an opportunity to showcase your work online, essentially free marketing. Participation in L A M P as a finalist affords you the following benefits: Winners of each Category will receive our custom made L A M P trophy, online feature on the L A M P website for the duration of one year following finalist announcement. As a finalist your design will be promoted through our newsletters and social media, opportunity to be featured through our exclusive partner, Design Milk across their various media channels. Design Milk’s audience has over 500k+ readers monthly and more than 8 million social media followers.

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Category: Awards

8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH IN DESIGN ICORD21

January 7, 2021 - January 9, 2021
Mumbai, India
ICoRD’21 is the eighth in a series of conferences intended to be held every two years in India to bring together the international community from diverse areas of design practice, education and research.It will be held during 7th to 9th January 2021 at the IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai. It aims to showcase cutting edge research about design to the stakeholders; aid the ongoing process of developing and extending the collective vision through emerging research challenges and questions; and provide a platform for interaction, collaboration and development of the community in order for it to take up the challenges to realize the vision. The conference is intended for all stakeholders of design, and in particular for its practitioners, researchers, pupils and educators.

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WDO Member: IIT Bombay
Category: Conference

DESIGNTO FESTIVAL 2021

January 22, 2021 - January 31, 2021
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
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