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Weaving Love, Creating "Hope": Product design

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Competition Rules and Regulations

Prepare to qualify! General rules and a step-by-step guide on how to compete.

You should also read the challenge rules and procedures contained in the Brief. Wherever the general Rules and the Brief conflict, the Brief rules and procedures supercede the general Rules.

Who Can Enter

Challenges are open to all registered members of the Network who are at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry.

How to Enter

Choose a challenge you're interested in and note the submission deadline. You can enter as many challenges as you're interested in, and if you have more than one idea for a single challenge, you can also submit more than one entry – however, we advise you to keep variations of one idea to ONE entry. Do not create multiple entries for multiple variations of one concept. Entry is free!

Once you select Enter, you will be taken to a page where you can upload your images. Read the individual challenge description to know if there is a particular submission format for that contest.

Technical Requirements:

  • Photos must be jpeg only, resolution 72 dpi, with maximum picture dimensions of 550 x 550 pixels and a file size no greater than 1 MB (uncompressed). You can upload up to six images.
  • Your entry must include a project description in English with a maximum of 400 words. Jurors will be reviewing multiple entries so remember to keep your description as concise and readable as possible.

Upload your images in the that order you wish them to be displayed. The first image in the series will be turned into a thumbnail image for display in the gallery. See the Gallery display of past challenges for examples. If you created your entry with other individuals, list their names in the Co-Authors field. Check your entry carefully prior to submitting as there is no way to retrieve your entry once it has been submitted.

Entries that direct users away from the DESIGN21 website will be disqualified.

Dates may be subject to change, so check for updates.

Submission Deadline

Please make sure that your entry is in working order and on time.

All deadlines are listed in UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) on the date specified in the Submission Deadline section of the Brief. UTC means a different local time for every timezone, so check what that means for you.

No responsibility is assumed on our part for late entries or corrupted files. Incomplete entries or entries that do not comply with the above format specifications will be automatically disqualified.

Note: Due to the high volume of last-minute entries, and the technical problems can that arise, we strongly advise you to submit your entry well in advance of the submission deadline.

Dates may be subject to change. Any change of date will be posted to the website News section and to the specific Challenge Brief.

Public Vote

While jurors are selecting their favorites in the initial phase of judging, all members of DESIGN 21 will have the opportunity to vote for their own favorites during a public voting period. During this phase, entries will appear randomly to ensure that all entries have equal chance of being viewed. You can vote for as many entries as you like, but you can only vote once for each entry. The entry with the most votes will be recognized as the Most Popular and will move on to the final round of judging. There is no obligation on the jury to award the Most Popular a prize unless they deem that entry worthy of the additional prize. All results will remain confidential until the conclusion of the judging period.

Display of Results

Entries will not be displayed until after the entry submission deadline when the public voting phase begins. Once judging is complete and all results have been determined, all entries will be displayed in the Challenges Gallery. Check the individual challenge briefs for the announcement dates for each challenge.

All prize winners and award recipients will be revealed in the Winners section of the gallery along with all remaining finalists.

All entries will be attributed to the entrant's username. Any names that were listed in the Co-Authors field of an entry will be listed in the detail view of the entry. The full names of the winners and their location will be published in the jury comments

Notification of Winners

All prize winners and award recipients will be contacted by email at the conclusion of the challenge.

Publication & Copyright

All entries will appear on the website for voting, judging and promotional purposes. Felissimo assumes all entries are original and are the works and/or property of the entrant with all rights granted therein. Neither DESIGN 21 nor Felissimo is liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. Winners will be notified and may be asked to provide high-resolution scaleable vector graphics version of their submission. Winners will not be asked to provide a prototype.

Winner(s) agree to transfer all rights associated with the design to Felissimo, including its copyright and production licensing.

About Competitions

The DESIGN 21 series challenges designers of all disciplines to find solutions to social and global issues. It’s guided by UNESCO’s premise that education, science, technology, culture and communication are tools to spread knowledge and information, build awareness and foster dialogue.

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