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Design Matters competition


April 18, 2007
by Canadian Architect

The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) in association with the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) invites submissions in a design competition to celebrate “Design Matters” throughout 2007.

The purpose is to generate an image that celebrates architecture and design in Toronto, by engaging any, and all of, the design disciplines, including: architects, graphic designers, landscape architects, fashion designers, interior designers, industrial designers, artists, etc.

The backdrop to the competition is the TSAs 120th anniversary, and their ongoing collaboration with DIAC and other professional design associations.

While the submission is in the format of a poster, the design concept should be adaptable to a variety of media: T-shirts, bags, buttons, a website, anything. The TSA will work with the winning designer to adapt the design to different uses, as opportunities emerge.

Everybody is welcome to submit. Once judging takes place, an announcement and an exhibition of winners will be made at the Toronto the Good party at the Distillery District on May 15, 2007. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners selected by the jury: 1st prize receives $1,000; 2nd prize receives $600; and 3rd prize receives $400. Spacing magazine will feature the competition results in their magazine and website, and selected entries will also be exhibited at IIDEX/NEOCON Canada 2007. Competition organizers will also continue to identify other exhibit venues. Selected entries may be exhibited online by the participating design societies, and a certificate will be awarded for each entry selected as a finalist.

The registration form must be received no later than Monday, May 7, 2007, at 5:00pm. Each entry must be registered by sending a competed entry form by mail or e-mail to:

Toronto Society of Architects c/o Design Exchange
234 Bay Street, P.O. Box 18
Toronto Dominion Centre
Toronto, Ontario
M5K 1B2
[email protected]

Upon receipt, a confidential entry number will be issued by e-mail to each registrant as confirmation, to ensure anonymity for judging. This number should be included as the title of the electronic file of the design entry. Only one submission will be accepted per registration. But, any person may register and submit several entries (no limit).

The deadline for questions is also Monday, May 7, 2007, addressed to [email protected] Answers will be distributed to all registrants by e-mail.

Submission requirements dictate an A1 size (594mm x 841mm or 23.4 x 33.1). The words Design Matters must be used. The submission must be uploaded electronically to the Astley-Gilbert FTP site (instructions available with registration). The name(s) of the designer(s), or any other identification, must not be visible. Submissions must be anonymous.

All entries must be received electronically, no later than 12:00 m (noon) on Thursday, May 10, 2007. Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered.

Judging is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2007. The list of jurors will be confirmed and provided to registrants, when available. The jury may include representatives of:
Toronto Society of Architects (TSA)
Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC)
Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO)
Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD)
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO)
Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC)
Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA)
Society of Design Administrators (SDA)
Universities and Colleges with design programs

Submissions received that meet the requirements of the competition will be printed in colour on A3 paper by Astley-Gilbert and reviewed anonymously by the jury. Selected entries will be printed in A1 format for exhibition.

The selection will be based on the following:
The design meets the competition requirements.
The design demonstrates originality and creativity in describing, representing, or suggesting the celebration of design matters in relation to architecture and to Toronto.
The design demonstrates good design through its concept and the actual design, layout, and expressiveness.
The design is adaptable in whole or part to other media applications and formats, such as T-shirts, bags, buttons, etc.

Entries must be original. The design may use any form of photography, illustration, collage, or typography, provided no copyrights are violated in the design. Entrants retain copyright to their work, but agree to have all or part of any entry displayed, published and/or used, with no further permission or payment by the competition organizers, at the sole discretion of the competition organizers, as supervised by the Toronto Society of Architects.



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