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Greetings Designers and Aspiring Designers!

We know that lots of you want to come to New York City to attend our November 13th Open House and Info Session in person (learn more about the day and check out photos of last year's event here), but we also know getting here can be a major expense. So today we’re proud to announce our fourth annual “Open House Design Challenge.” The challenge gives us a way to help you out with airfare to New York City, along with expert portfolio reviews and other surprises while you’re here!

CHALLENGE QUESTIONS (pick one)

A. If IKEA and Adidas launched a new initiative together, what would it be?

B. Design a device for your dog or cat to take a selfie.

C. Sketch an app that changes the mind of a climate crisis denier.

HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS

STEP 1:

Pick your Challenge. We have 3 different design challenges for you to choose from. Select the one that most appeals to the kind of design you’re interested in, and dig right in.

STEP 2:

Prepare your entry. If you draw, draw something. If you build, build it and then photograph it. If you diagram, diagram it. And if you can mock-up mobile apps, do that, and then send us a comp. This isn’t a skills competition—really it’s going to be the best idea that wins—but by all means use all of your talents to put together the best entry possible. Each entry must consist of at least 1 image (jpg format; 1920 px wide x 1080px tall) along with a 2-paragraph description of your idea. (Maximum 3 images.)

STEP 3:

Compose an email (details below) where you'll enter your contact information, paste in your 2-paragraph description, and attach your image(s). Important: Be sure to put your last name in the file name of your image. For instance, if your last name is Porticalis, name your file porticalis.productsofdesignchallenge1.jpg

PRIZES
The winner will receive up to $750.00 reimbursement in airfare or train fare to New York City to attend the Products of Design Open House on November 14th. (We will not be able to provide accommodations, food, or other compensation, so participants will be responsible for those costs.) The two (2) runners up will each receive portfolio reviews and application consultations via Skype during the month of December.

DEADLINE
All entries must be received by 12:00 midnight EST at the end of Friday, October 24th. We’ll let the winners know the following week, so you can plan your NYC trip!

JUDGING CRITERIA
Judging will be done by select students, staff, and faculty of the MFA in Products of Design program, and all entry reviews will be “blind” (all participant names, gender, country of origin will be hidden). Entries will be judged on creativity, execution, and ingenuity.

ELIGIBILITY
This challenge is open to person's interested in attending the 2018 MFA Products of Design Open House. There is no requirement that participants and/or winners formally apply to the program to be a part of the class of 2021. However, in the spirit of this contest, we ask that only those with a genuine interest in learning about the culture and pedagogy of our MFA program enter the contest. (Limit 2 entries per person.)

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

You will be sending your work in a simple email to the following address: openhousedesignchallenge@sva.edu

The subject line of your email must be: OPEN HOUSE DESIGN CHALLENGE ENTRY: YOUR NAME. (Be sure that you replace “YOUR NAME” with your actual name!)

In the body of the email, you must in the information below, in the following format:

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NAME:
CITY:
COUNTRY:
EMAIL ADDRESS:
THE DESIGN QUESTION I ANSWERED IS:
HERE IS THE 2-PARAGRAPH DESCRIPTION OF MY DESIGN:

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Finally, attach the jpgs or PDF of your solution to the email, and be sure that the images are 1920px wide. (We will NOT accept DropBox. GoogleDoc, or WeTransfer links. You must attach your image to the email.)

Have fun, good luck, and we hope to see you in NYC in November!