Spark Concept & Student

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Spark Concept & Student Design HQ

Spark’s eighth annual Official Call For Entry is live. Come on in, join the fun!

Definitions
The Spark Concept & Student Awards are for work that is in the idea stage, and are the primary home for student entries. It is not for spec work, nor work intended for production or commercial realization. The emphasis is on ideas.

Spark Concept & Student is for any discipline of design. This includes graphic design, product, UX, motion, architecture, interiors and others.

This competition continues Spark’s mission, criteria and categories. All Design, and all designers are welcome at Spark. All Spark events are international in scope and accept entries from all designers, everywhere.

Thanks for your interest in Spark. Please tell your friends–there’s a new home for Good Design!

Timeframe
Because concept design entries are often student work, Spark Concept events are timed to facilitate entries from the main school semesters. That means we have a set of deadlines for both Spring and Fall semesters. Spring entries be gathered from January until June, and then will go into a phase 1, finalist judging in late June. Fall semester entries begin August 1 and deadline in early October, when Fall Finalists are selected. Following that, all Spring and Fall Finalists are then gathered and are all judged together in the Phase 2 live judging session. (Pro-level entrants may enter at any time, Spring or Fall.)

The Spark Concept Design competition is currently accepting entries. The final deadline will be October 10, 2014. If the entry is chosen as a Finalist, the entrant will confirm and pay Phase 2 fees to Spark from October 14-31. The Phase 2 live jury will take place November 1. The Spark Awards Celebration will follow in January/February.

Important note: work may be entered that was created anytime during the last 24 months. Student entries must be provable via student ID or copy of degree to win a Spark. All fees—primary entry fee, finalist fee and winners circle fee, must be fully paid to become an official Spark Winner.

Process
The Competitions are judged along the same lines as earlier Spark events—same Criteria, Categories, website and registration system. They are multi-disciplinary and multi-level. They are two-phase competitions.

There are two pricing tiers—one for organizations, companies and professional designers, and a second for students and recent graduates .

Spark Concept is entirely “virtual.” That is, it is entered and conducted online, over the Spark website. No materials, boards or designs are delivered to Spark Concept. All entries are via the website and first phase judging takes place online as well.

All Spark juries are international and come from across the spectrum of design disciplines, media, educators and experts.

Entrants upload three images of their work (up to 1mb each).  At least one of the high-res images must be completely free of any text, call-out lines, boxes or blurbs, and ideally, float on a white background. We recommend that your first image have a square format, so it shows correctly in the Spark Gallery (the other photos can be any shape.)

Entrants will also supply a 50-word, short description (for caption and display purposes).  All entries and their descriptions must be in English.

If you have additional team members, put their names in the new “Additional Team Members” box.

You will also find a box on the entry form for a Youtube video link. It can be up to three minutes in length. This is highly recommended—however, it is an option, not a requirement. Sorry, only Youtube links are currently allowed. No Vimeo, et al.

The Jury will see and judge from the the images, videos or App (if provided) and descriptions. Pick your best shots!

The Phase One jury will begin to review entries at the Standard deadline.

Important pricing notes: Phase Two Finalists will pay a “hanging fee” to proceed in the competition. Phase Two judging will review all confirmed Finalists after the Late Deadline. There is a Winners Circle Fee and the option to purchase a trophy or paper certificate for winners (the PDF Certificate is provided free upon request). Finalists may also purchase the trophy. To learn more go >HERE