World Design Impact Prize 2021 Trophy Competition

World Design Organization (WDO)® has opened a competition for design students to submit, individually or as part of a team, a proposal for the World Design Impact Prize trophy.

This call is open to all design students (Bachelor, Masters or PhD) currently enrolled at a WDO Educational Member institution. The deadline to submit is 31 May 2021. The winner of this student competition will be awarded a monetary prize of € 1000 EUR. The winning design will also be produced and presented to the winner of the World Design Impact Prize 2021 winner.

Members of WDO’s Board of Directors, namely those comprising the Education Committee, will judge the competition and select a winner. This jury represents a distinguished group with varied expertise in the areas of design and education.

Srini Srinivasan
President
WDO

Yongqi Lou
Dean and Professor
College of Design and Innovation
Tongji University (China)

Pier Paolo Peruccio
Associate Professor of Design
Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Pradyumna Vyas
Senior Advisor
Confederation of Indian Industry (India)

Martha Zarza
Professor and Head of the School of Architecture and Design
Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (Mexico)

Eligibility

  1. This competition is open exclusively to design students currently enrolled at a WDO Education Member Institution in good standing.
  2. Both individual and group submissions are accepted. There is no limit to the number of group members, but all must attend the same WDO Member academic institution.

Competition process

  1. The competition will be run in accordance with WDO’s Design Competition Guidelines
  2. There is no fee to enter the competition.

Submission details

  1. Only one design entry will be accepted per submission. 
  2. Only digital submissions of trophy models will be accepted.
  3. Entries must be submitted electronically no later than 31 May 2021 via the competition entry form.
    Each submission must include:
    a. A brief description of the trophy design concept (500 words or less)
    b. At least five (5) high-resolution images/renderings of the trophy, specifically images of the front, back, sides, base and aerial view of the design. A 3D rendering can be submitted, but is not mandatory.
    c. A description of the design’s specifications, including, but not limited to: size, weight, components, materials, manufacturing specifications
    d. A proof of enrolment confirming current status at one of WDO’s Educational Member institutions
    e. A quote from a manufacturer that confirms pricing, feasibility and timeline of the trophy production. Manufacturer can be based anywhere.

All submissions will be treated anonymously. 

The inclusion of any personal information or markings (i.e. name, region, academic institution) in the submission will be reason for exclusion.

Production guidelines

  1. The trophy size and weight should be such that it may be easily transported by one person in carry-on luggage and does not conflict with most international airline policies. As such:
    a.
    The design should be no larger than 10″ tall x 6″ wide x 6″ deep
    b. Trophy and presentation box must not exceed 10 lbs (4.5kg)
    c. The trophy must be accompanied by a presentation box or carrying case, developed and customized to securely fit the trophy. Visuals on the presentation box can include the World Design Impact Prize logo, WDO branding and/or logos relating to the designer or funding partner(s), pending approval from WDO
    d. Production for both the trophy and presentation box must not exceed a value beyond the local equivalent of € 1200 EUR
  2. Furthermore, the trophy must:
    a.
    include a flat base and be able to stand upright independently
    b. incorporate the following text: ‘World Design Impact Prize 2021’ ‘World Design Organization’.
    c. include the WDO logo, and WDIP logo
    d. no design submitted should be signed or bear any distinguishing marks

Judging process

Members of WDO’s Board of Directors, namely those comprising the Education Committee, will judge the competition and select a winner. This jury represents a distinguished group with varied expertise in the areas of design and education. 

The jury will consist of (in alphabetic order):  

  • Thomas Garvey, Associate Professor, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University (Canada)
  • Yongqi Lou, Dean and Professor at the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University (China)
  • Pier Paolo Peruccio, Associate Professor of Design, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Pradyumna Vyas, Senior Advisor, Confederation of Indian Industry (India)
  • Martha Zarza, Professor and Head of the School of Architecture and Design, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (Mexico)

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to technical specifications 
  • Reference to general themes of the World Design Impact Prize
  • Originality of design or innovative concept
  • Artistic merit
  • Creative use of 3D space 
  • Use of renewable, recycled and/or low impact material

Selection of winning submission

  • One (1) winning trophy design will be selected
  • The winner will be announced on 29 June 2021

Prize

In addition to the production of the trophy for the World Design Impact Prize 2021, the selected winner(s) will be awarded a monetary prize of € 1000 EUR, to be split between team members, if applicable.

Rights and reproduction

The designer(s) shall retain trademark rights to the trophy design but cannot reproduce the design without WDO’s written permission. The winner will grant an unrestricted licence to WDO, so that the trophy can be referenced and utilized by WDO in the relevant promotional contexts. WDO agrees not to alter, or amend in any way, the work submitted without written agreement of the designer(s).

The WDO logo, and associated programme logos, are integral to the World Design Organization brand. For the purposes of this competition, appropriate use and reproduction of the World Design Organization (WDO) and World Design Impact Prize (WDIP) logos is only approved for concept work as it relates to the World Design Impact Prize trophy. WDO claims sole ownership of the logos and under no circumstances can it be replicated or shared.

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: Monday, 31 May 2021
  • Deliberation: June 2021
  • Announcement of winner: Tuesday, 29 June 2021
  • Production: July-September 2021
  • World Design Impact Prize winner announcement and presentation of trophy: October 2021