Spark Concept & Student Design HQ
Spark’s seventh annual Official Call For Entry began March 1, 2013. Come, join in the fun!
The Spark Concept & Student Awards are for work that is in the idea stage, and are the home for all student entries. For example, this could include architectural concepts, concept automobiles and design student work. It is not for spec work, nor work intended for production or commercial realization. The emphasis is on ideas.
Work that is built, produced, built on spec or as part of a proposal, or is in pre-production, should be entered into our other dedicated competitions– Spark:Communication, Spark:Product, Spark:Mobility and Spark:Space.
Spark:Concept & Student is for any discipline of design. This includes graphic design, product, UX, motion, architecture, interiors, transportation 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!
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. Entries are then gathered and are all judged together in the Phase 1 online judging, and the Phase 2 live judging at the Autodesk Design Gallery in San Francisco.
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 (i.e., in the past 24 months, with status provable via student ID or copy of degree to win a Spark).
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.
Entrants will also supply a 50-word, short description (for caption and display purposes), and a longer description of up to 250 words (where you concisely describe your design strategy, unique properties and the problem it solves). 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.
If you have an APP, entrants must provide a link to their published app in the Play Store, App Store etc. If the app is not free, make sure to provide a link to a trial offer, sample or sponsored application.
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 for winners. Finalists may also purchase the trophy. To learn more go >HERE