Just Send Us Your Best Work

Spark has a very open entry system, for every possible type of design within the disciplines covered.  Thus, we have listed a large number of categories and specialties. Sometimes, a design may even fit more than one area. Don’t worry about choosing the “best” one when registering. Everything is judged on its merits.

Designs are judged in the context of our Criteria. There are no rigid divisions—design types are listed here so a designer feels that their work is appropriate and welcome. We can have any number of winners—or none, in any given area. All depends on the work, and the design sensibility of jury. That’s why we work hard to find tough, fair and collegial judges.

Any student design, in any media may be submitted, including designs previously submitted to Spark competitions. Only students may enter this competition.

STUDENT DESIGN CATEGORY GUIDANCE

SPACES– ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, URBAN PLANNING

Buildings
Public Architecture
Interior design, living spaces
Offices, working spaces
Universal access systems
Temporary structures
Infrastructure, urban planning
Arches, bridges, viaducts and gateways
Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials
Public spaces, parks, vistas, plazas
Pedestrian walkways, amenities
Community planning and design

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Identity, logos
Print: publishing, media, books, art books, posters, brochures, documentation, advertising, direct mail
Typography
Corporate and financial, annual reports, internal publications
Wayfinding, signage, informational kiosks and terminals, environmental

PACKAGING

Point-of-sale (POP), sales packaging (all products & services, consumer and industrial)
Boxes, containers, shipping cartons
Promotional displays, exhibitions, 3D graphics
Packaging materials, innovative applications
Packaging graphics, labels, branding
Integration, trans-design (at least two media involved)
Ergonomic
Information system integration, usage

DIGITAL

Multi-media
Games, console, stand-alone, web-based, cloud-based
Apps, software
Motion design, film, advertising
Video: interstitials, PSA’s, station ID, special effects
Digital video effects & animation
Websites, blogs, e-zines, online shopping, social media
Interactive, UX, industrial, telecom, appliance & product interfaces
Electronic communications systems

PRODUCT

Leisure, sports, health and outdoor recreation
Industrial and consumer tools and equipment
General consumer goods and appliances
Kitchen and bath
Electronics—telecom, home entertainment, computers, etc.
Lighting
Toys
Jewelry, timepieces. awards, trophies and luxury goods

FURNITURE & OUTDOOR

Residential
Street furniture and fittings
Office/Work

GREEN

Carbon-lowering and environmental
EcoDesign
Sustainability

SOCIAL CAUSE

Frugal design and design for the other 90%
World-changing
The policies, systems and services needed to design a sustainable existence

HEALTH

Medical devices and related equipment
Heath and welfare
Facilities and infrastructure