May Briefing – Dateline: New York

Business Unusual
We know you are working hard to carry on your design businesses and studies in these highly unusual times.
Spark is too—we’re forming high-level VIP juries and with a few changes for safety reasons, expect another
great crop of design entries and jury selections. The Spark team continues to work from home offices and
knowing these folks, they’re doing a great job—like you! Please take care and stay well.

Things To Come
We’re on schedule with 11 active competition categories and deadlines are coming up.

Spark Spring Student Final Deadline is June 14 and judging follows soon after.

For all our “Pro” disciplines, September 30 is the Standard deadline.

This is for the following Pro entry categories:
Graphic Design
Health, Medical & Universal Design
Product & Industrial Design
Spaces Design
Transport & Mobility Design
Concept Pro
Experience & Service Design
Digital Design
Packaging Design
CleanTech Design

Recently one of our favorite designers asked if they could enter and pay for a piece prior to the
deadline (and secure the pricing), but submit the entry materials later in the year.
Answer—absolutely. Designers have until November 10 to submit their final materials.

Spark Will No Longer Require Physical Samples
For several reasons, the Spark Awards are converting to an entirely virtual entry system.
First, the Pandemic requires us to judge via teleconference this year, so the jurors who are
normally delighted to examine your entries just won’t be in the same room. But we’ll still
have a lively debate about every finalist design in real-time. After winners have been selected,
we may be asking for physical designs for our upcoming exhibitions. Hope so!

This new policy will also save you some stress in an already stressful time—and save our planet
from all that shipping back and forth. So—win-win!

We’ve Updated The Events Pages At The Sparksite
Spark had a year of wonderful juries, exhibitions, Celebrations, workshops, panels and conferences.
If you participated or are just interested, check out the fun at

Two other interesting pages are: and

We’ve Added a Terrific New Social Marketing Manager
So you might have noticed Spark’s growing visibility on Instagram, Twitter, FB, Linked and Pinterest.
Hope you like us!

All Best Until Next Time!
–Peter Kuchnicki
Spark Founder


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