“Welcome to the first Faces of Design Awards!

This design competition is based on your existing portfolio, and culminates in the publication of a printed volume, showcasing the 25 most promising design talents, by design discipline (e.g. graphic design). This collection of profiles will be distributed to over 1.000 key decision makers at more than 300 companies, including firms such as vitra, IKEA, the Richemont Group (including prestigious brands such as Montblanc, Cartier and Chloé), designers’ studios such as the Campanas’ and Bouroullecs’, and the design press.

In the first round of the Faces of Design Awards, you have the opportunity to present the best elements of your portfolio to the judges in a safe online environment, followed by a second round with our high-profile panel.

The winners of the Faces of Design Awards will then have their profiles published and distributed to opinion leaders and key decision makers in design worldwide.

To promote emerging talents in particular, there is a special discount to encourage student participation in the competition, and participation grants to support design talent from emerging countries.

The competition opens on October 1st; the deadline for portfolio submission is December 15th, 2009; an early bird registration discount is available until October 31st. The winners of the design competition will be announced in January 2010.

The Panel

Submissions to the design competition are judged by an international panel of renowned judges including:

  • Pio Barone Lumaga, Editor-in-Chief of LOFT The Nordic BOOKazine
  • Alexander von Vegesack, Founder & Director of the Vitra Design Museum
  • Gala Fernandez, Head of the MA Programme ‘European Design Labs’ of the IED
  • Sigga Heimis, Designer and Design Manager (IKEA, Fritz Hansen)
  • Maarten Baas, Designer
  • Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Design Critic and Curator
  • Alain Lardet, Founder of the Designer’s Days, Paris”

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(Source: Anna Rojahn, Director, Faces of Design)