Multidisciplinary Design News
UCDA Design Conference 2021
The 2021 UCDA Design Conference will be held October 2-5 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Colorado. The event offers an in-depth look at the issues and trends in design and communication communities, both in and out of educational institutions.
Driven by Design Episode 3: Mathias Hahn
Driven by Design is a video series hosted by Coalesse Global Design Director John Hamilton that explores what drives the international design community.
iF Design Talent Award 2021 Winners Revealed
iF has revealed the winners of its 2021 Design Talent Award. 86 groundbreaking ideas and solutions from 16 nations received the accolade, and the six most outstanding works are rewarded with prize money in total EUR 25,000.
Seymourpowell Transforms Passenger Experience for Flytoget
Seymourpowell has unveiled its latest major transport project for Flytoget - Oslo Airport's famous high-speed rail link.
ADC 100th Awards Winners Announced
The One Club for Creativity has announced the winners of its 100th Annual Awards, celebrating excellence in craft, innovation and design.
Shutterstock X Monotype Webinar: 5 Design Trends to Watch in 2021
Monotype and Shutterstock have announced a live webinar to discover what trends are on the horizon and will define creativity in 2021.
San Francisco Design Week 2021: POWER
The 15th edition annual San Francisco Design Week (SFDW), which typically attracts 60,000 visitors yearly from around the world, kicks-off its all-online program June 7-13, celebrating the dynamic theme 'Power.'
Design Thinking & Innovation Week 2021
Future London Academy's Design Thinking & Innovation Week is an immersive program for creative entrepreneurs, innovation directors and business owners - introducing you to London's most innovative businesses and uncovering the latest approaches to design thinking and innovation.
Young Guns 19: Call for Entries
The One Club for Creativity is calling for entries for Young Guns 19, celebrating international creative professionals age 30 or younger. Young Guns is the industry's only global, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today's vanguard of young creatives.
RGD In-House Design Awards 2021
The Association of Registered Graphic Designers' (RGD) In-House Design Awards recognizes the excellence of internal creative agencies leveraging effective communication design to achieve the goals of the companies, governments, nonprofits and other organizations and institutions they work for.
Umeå Institute of Design Digital Graduate Exhibition 2021
On June 1st, Umeå Institute of Design's graduating students will present their degree projects - ranging from autonomous taxi boats in the year 2086, to a crisis device for producing your own electricity, to a culinary tasting box with edible insects. The grad projects can be explored in the virtual 'UID21 | Project Gallery,' presenting a 360-degree view of all works, including; concept videos, images, interactive 3D models and prototypes.
Anthem Awards 2021
The Webby Awards and IADAS have announced the inaugural Anthem Awards. Opening June 2021, the awards will celebrate the purpose- and mission-driven work of people, companies, and organisations worldwide.
RGD's In-House Design Conference Returns Virtually This June
The Association of Registered Graphic Designers' (RGD) In-House Design Conference, taking place from June 7 to 11, has much to offer to creatives acting as in-house design department of one or are part of a design team that spans multiple offices around the world.
Clariant Releases Automotive Styling Shades 2025 Trendbook
Clariant has released its latest color trend forecast for the automotive industry. The new Automotive Styling Shades 2025 Trendbook also includes an interactive digital version for the first time.
The One Club Calls on Industry to Sign Paid Internship Pledge
The One Club has announced its new DEI workplace equity initiative: the Paid Internship Pledge. Internships are an important first step in a career, but too often are unpaid and not a realistic option for diverse students and other young creatives from disadvantaged backgrounds who need an income to help pay for college or living expenses. The resulting experience gap is often impossible for them to overcome.
Salone del Mobile Confirmed for This September in Milan
The fifty-ninth edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano has been confirmed to be held from September 5-10, 2021.
The One Club Announces Creative Week 2021
The One Club for Creativity has announced the 2021 Creative Week, set to unfold from June 7-11. Under the banner 'Connect. Provoke. Inspire.,' this year's virtual event will include awards shows and dozens of general programming panels and workshops across four virtual stages, as well as premium events on the fifth stage including the Executive Creative Summit for agency principals and a day-long unConference.
Design Museum Magazine's Policing Issue Explores How the Most Powerful Institution Functions by Design
Design Museum Everywhere has released a special edition of Design Museum Magazine. Guest Edited by Jennifer Rittner, 'The Policing Issue: How one of the most powerful institutions functions by design,' tackles the unspoken truths and history of policing, and explores how design can be used to deeply oppress people of color.
Future Archaeology of Global Lockdown: Documenting Life During Lockdown Through Everyday Objects
Paula Zuccotti has launched her latest project, 'Future Archaeology of a Global Lockdown,' a photographic time capsule that invited people from across the world to document the items essential to them during the Coronavirus lockdown.
The Business of Being Freelance: A Three-Day Workshop with Carolyn Bothwell
The Business of Being Freelance is an engaging and interactive three-part workshop designed to help creatives navigate the non-creative side of being self-employed in our evolving industry.
The Business of Design: Revised and Updated
In June, Princeton Architectural Press will publish a revised and updated 10th-anniversary edition of Keith Granet's indispensable resource for interior designers, The Business of Design.
Consumer Goods Digital Day
Messe Frankfurt's Consumer Goods Digital Day will take place on April 20, 2021. The digital event marks the virtual meeting point of the consumer goods industry and will cover Messe Frankfurt trade fairs - Ambiente, Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld
NYCxDESIGN Launches Emerging Designer Residency
NYCxDESIGN has launched its first Emerging Designer Residency, offering four talented recent graduates from leading design schools the opportunity to create and showcase their work in a pop-up studio, in the heart of The Shops at Hudson Yards.
HUE+MAN Design Competition
Joba Studio and USM have announced the first annual global design competition for people of color.
Adobe Launches CoCreate: Small Business
Adobe has today launched CoCreate: Small Business, an initiative providing small businesses with creative services and digital tools while generating paid opportunities for the global creative community.
Parsons Healthy Materials Lab Launches 6th Annual Role Models Contest
Parsons Healthy Materials Lab has launched its 6th Annual Role Models Contest to award design innovations for material use that have no negative impact on the planet. This global contest, open to current students in all disciplines, is looking for the next healthy design role model.
15th Annual International Design Awards
The International Design Awards (IDA) has announced its call for submissions for 2021. The Awards program is aimed to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and uncover emerging talent.
Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design 2021
Submissions are now open for the 2021 Red Dot Brands & Communication Design Award. Designers, agencies and companies are invited to enter their communication design works and their integrated brand designs.
Return on Experience: A Conversation with the Authors
Eight Inc. will host an hour-long online conversation with co-authors Tim Kobe and Roger Lehman, as they discuss their new book, Return on Experience.
Artefact Contemporary Craft Fair at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour
The inaugural Artefact contemporary craft fair will make its debut this summer at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, from June 22-29, 2021.
Swarovski Foundation Launches Sustainability Grant for Young Creatives
The Swarovski Foundation has launched 'Swarovski Foundation Institute: Creatives for Our Future,' a new global grant program designed with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainability across fashion, design, art, architecture, science, technology and engineering.
Creative Communication Award 2021
The Creative Communication Award has launched its third edition, inviting professional and student creatives from all around the world to submit their most innovative and compelling designs for consideration.
UX Design Awards 2021: Call for Entries
The 2021 UX Design Awards, a global competition with a specific focus on experience design, is now open for submissions.
WITHIN: The In-House Creative Conference
WITHIN, the One Club For Creativity's first-ever virtual conference dedicated to client-side creativity, is set to take place March 30-April 1.
Design Museum Everywhere Launches 'Diversity in Action' Training Program
Design Museum Everywhere has launched Diversity in Action, a comprehensive training program aimed at creating a more equitable design industry and workplace.
inMotionNow and InSource Publish 2021 Creative Management Report
inMotionNow and InSource have published their fourth annual Creative Management Report, which polled 400 creatives and marketers to identify industry changes stemming from the last year, along with key creative trends to watch over the next 12 months.
UCDA Creative Summit 2021
The 2021 UCDA Creative Summit, the University & College Designers Association's live virtual event, will be held March 23-25. The summit will feature seven carefully curated speakers and sessions to help attendees engage and spark their creativity.
Sustainability, Materiality and Environmentalism: A Discussion About What Could Be...
Coalesse recently hosted a panel of visionaries to address the question: 'What Could Be?' on the topic of sustainability, materiality and environmentalism.
Shutterstock Launches 'All The Best Artists' Campaign
Shutterstock has launched its first artist-focused brand campaign that seeks to highlight the diverse talent within its global community of 1.6 million creators.
Barilla New Pasta Shape Ideas Competition
Barilla has launched a new international competition that challenges entrants to create new dry pasta shapes. The aim of the 'Barilla New Pasta Shape' competition is to inspire new experiences for consumers that involve aesthetics, functionals and gastronomical aspects of the product.
Adobe MAX 2021
Adobe MAX, the world's largest creativity conference, will be held October 26-28. This year's conference will be once again virtual and free to all.
Driving the Human Open Call
Driving the Human invites designers, artists, scientists, initiatives, and agents from any other field of expertise, from anywhere in the world, to join in shaping sustainable and collective futures that combine science, technology, and the arts in a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach.
SCAD Partners with Lextant to Launch New Certification Program
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has partnered with Lextant on a new certification program entitled 'Design Research and Insight Translation.'
Monotype Launches 'Creative Characters' Podcast
Monotype has launched 'Creative Characters,' a new podcast featuring engaging discussions with the people shaping creative culture and designing the future of creative work. The bi-monthly series will feature experts across all disciplines of design, creativity, and branding, exploring the evolution and interrelation of design, creative culture, and global society, in addition to personal stories and tips for people navigating careers in the design field.
D&AD and Google Partner to Secure Jobs for Self Taught Emerging Creatives
D&AD has partnered with Google to expand Shift, the organization's free night school for talent from non-traditional creative backgrounds.
ONE School Spring 2021 Applications Now Open
The One Club for Creativity has launched an all-new 16-week season of ONE School - a free program designed to help ambitious young Black creatives find their place in the advertising world. These individuals, who may have balked at the fees of portfolio schools, were given an opportunity to learn from the best and work towards a job in an industry that desperately needs their talent and viewpoints.
Adobe Creative Residency Applications Open for Next Class of Creatives
Adobe Creative Residency applications have opened for the next class of creators.
50,000feet Funds Student Educational Programs for Greater Access and Inclusion
50,000feet is underwriting two scholarships in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and the Design Museum of Chicago as well as the financial support of The Cooper Union Saturday Program in New York City. Both of these financial contributions are designed to support students and their families with financial resources to pursue their passion for the arts.
Good Design Australia Launches 2021 Good Design Awards
Good Design Australia is calling for entries for the 2021 Good Design Awards. The Awards are globally respected for the high standard of design evaluation and attract new and innovative design projects from around the world each year.
LOOP Design Awards 2021: Call for Entries
The LOOP Design Awards 2021 is now open for entries. The second edition of the awards is open to all designers, creatives, photographers & individuals involved in architecture, interior design, landscape design, product design, and architecture photography.
TBWA's Backslash Releases 2021 Edges Report Featuring 40 Global Cultural Shifts
Backslash, TBWA's cultural intelligence unit, has released its 2021 glossary of Edges: 40 cultural shifts shaping our world.
2021 Design Impact Grant Program Nomination Period Now Open
Designing a Better Chicago, a collaborative initiative organized and supported by NeoCon and theMART, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and the Design Museum of Chicago, is now accepting nominations for its second annual Design Impact Grant Program.
Letterpress Studio Tour with Dafi Kühne
Join Swiss poster designer Dafi Kühne on a tour through his vast letterpress studio, where he designs and produces hand-printed cultural posters. Dafi will open his studio doors, show us around, and talk about his process and his approach to making letterpress printed posters in the 21st century.
SCAD Partners with Catapult Design for New Fellowship Program
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced a new partnership with Catapult Design. Through this collaboration, Catapult Design will award an annual fellowship to alumni from SCAD's Design for Sustainability M.A. and M.F.A. degree programs.
Shutterstock Unveils Creative Trends of 2021
Shutterstock has unveiled its 2021 Creative Trends report. The major trends identified in the report are determined by analyzing billions of searches within Shutterstock's collection of images, videos, and music tracks by customers.
Trendspotting and Strategic Foresight
Hosted by the Future London Academy, 'Trendspotting and Strategic Foresight' is a practical course for business leaders, innovation professionals, and business owners that shows how to work with trends and futures in a strategic way.
World Design Impact Prize 2021
The World Design Organization is calling for submissions for the 2021 World Design Impact Prize. The Award program aims to recognize industrial design-driven projects that have a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural, or environmental quality of life.
A' Design Award 2021
Submissions are now open for the 2020-2021 A' Design Award. The annual competition accepts entries in 100+ categories including but not limited to architecture, industrial design, graphics design, packaging design, fashion design, web design, advertising design and more.
R for Repair Exhibition at DesignSingapore Council
DesignSingapore Council has announced 'R for Repair' - a new exhibition in Singapore that will shine a spotlight on global waste by showing how, with a little ingenuity, broken or discarded items can be given both new value and a fresh lease of life.
New York Festivals 2021 Advertising Awards Opens for Entries
New York Festivals International Advertising Awards is now open for entries for the 2021 competition. In a year marked by an avalanche of upheaval within the industry, NYF opens for entries with two new specialty awards created to celebrate work initiated throughout this year of dramatic change.
Fjord Releases 2021 Trends Report
Fjord has released its annual Fjord Trends report, highlighting designers' predictions on seven emerging trends that will shape design, technology and business.
Climate Designers Party Program
Climate Designers, a global professional network and educational platform for designers who are committed to tackling the climate crisis, has announced its first major event, the Climate Designers Party Program.
Green Good Design Awards 2021
The 2021 Green Good Design Awards are now open for submissions. Organized by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the awards program aims to recognize outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions - together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts - that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a healthier and more sustainable universe.
In/Visible Talks 2021
In/Visible Talks – the best design conference on the creative process – will be kicking off virtually on January 14, 2021 with a global lineup of amazing speakers, including Bruce Mau, Renee Reid, Debbie Millman and more.
Pantone Reveals Color(s) of the Year 2021
Pantone has announced 'PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray' and 'PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating' as the 2021 'Pantone Color of the Year.'
Shutterstock Launches The Create Fund
Shutterstock has launched a $300,000 grant program that will provide financial and professional support for artists around the globe focusing on diversity, inclusion, social justice and environmental awareness through the content they create.
Canadian Duo Launch Design Activity & Sketchbooks for Kids
smallbooks is a series of new hands-on, screen-free, and design-based activity books and sketchbooks for kids.
DesignInspire Online: Explore Global Creativity
DesignInspire, an annual creative showcase presented by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), is a celebration of world-class designs by global creative gurus, trending brands and design academies and institutions.
DesignSingapore Announces 'Visions of the Future'
The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) has announced 'Visions of the Future,' a curated showcase of seven designs by eight emerging Singapore designers. Each design has been hand-selected for its visionary approach to current issues, and has also adapted to the pandemic reality we currently live in.
Winners of Dezeen Awards 2020 Revealed
The winners of Dezeen Awards 2020 have been announced, recognizing the best architecture, interiors and design projects in the world this year.
NYCxDESIGN Goes Not-for-Profit
NYCxDESIGN has announced that it is now an official NY not-for-profit corporation. The newly designated status positions the organization for long term success as it helps lead the response to rebuild and re-energize New York City as a design destination and creative hub.
Salone del Mobile.Milano 2021
The sixtieth edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano will be held September 5-10. The 2021 edition will be a special event for the entire sector, bringing together all product categories for the first time.
2021 D&AD Awards Open for Entry
D&AD has opened entries for the 2021 Awards. Recognized globally as the ultimate creative accolade, the D&AD Awards have inspired the creative community since 1962 by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising.
WDO and UN Women Asia Pacific to Host 'Design Against Gender-based Violence'
As part of the United Nations UNiTE campaign marking '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence,' World Design Organization (WDO), in collaboration with UN Women Asia and the Pacific, will be hosting a virtual World Design Talk on December 9 at 8:00am - 9:30am EST.
Pantone x Monotype: How Color and Font Make an Iconic Brand
Monotype and Pantone are hosting a webinar on December 2nd on 'how color and font make an iconic brand.'
The One Club Launches 2nd Skill
Launched today, 2nd Skill is a unique online joint venture of The One Club and School of Visual Concepts (SVC) specifically developed to help traditional ad creatives - art directors, graphic designers, copywriters - to add new skill sets in UX Design, UI/Visual Design and Content Strategy/UX Writing to propel their second career.
Knoll Announces Inaugural Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students
Knoll is calling for applications for its 'Diversity Advancement Design Scholarships for Black Students,' created to develop the next generation of Black architects, graphic designers, industrial and architectural engineers, interior designers and industrial designers.
Shutterstock 2021 Color Trends Report
Shutterstock has released its annual Color Trends report which anticipates the hues that will dominate in 2021. The forecast is based on Shutterstock's analysis of pixel data together with image download data.
Pininfarina 90+1 Design Contest
On the occasion of its 90th anniversary, Pininfarina has launched an international design competition that challenges students from all around the world to create something that expresses their dreams for the future
ADC 100th Annual Awards
The One Club for Creativity has opened its call for entries for the historic ADC 100th Annual Awards. Under the 'Once in a Century' theme, this season's program is promoted by a rare look at a series of ADC Annual Awards call for entry posters from throughout the past century, created by some of the world's most legendary designers and creative agencies.
Running an Agency LIVE by FLA
'Running an Agency' is Future London Academy's (FLA) 3-day program specially created for agency owners, studio founders and creative entrepreneurs who want to get insights on running and scaling a design business.
One Show 2021 Opens for Entries
The 2021 One Show is now open for entries. Notable changes have been made to help agencies and brands who continue to be affected by the global pandemic, including extended deadlines and new categories and disciplines that reflect the way the industry now works.
Van Alen Institute Launches Digital Toolkit with 40+ Designs for Reopening and Recovery
Van Alen Institute, in partnership with Urban Design Forum, has launched a digital toolkit with 40+ designs, guidelines, and strategies to aid safe reopening and recovery.
Daily Routines: Habits That Support Creativity
Daily Routines is an illustrated editorial in which five designers spread across the world - Anton Repponen (USA), Anna Seslavinskaya (USA), Becki Kozel (USA), Pavel Kedich (Latvia), and Mira Malhotra (India) - tell the habits that help them cope with their daily workload, develop fresh ideas, and be creative leaders.
Pratt Institute Announces 20 Full Scholarships to Further Diversity
Pratt Institute has announced a new initiative to help build a pipeline for creative and talented students from New York City and New York State, where 20 full scholarships will be given over seven years to further diversity across Pratt's undergraduate and graduate programs.
Globe x Pantone Limited Edition Box Sets
Globe has today unveiled its upcoming limited edition box sets; the Pantone Color of the Year series.
Bruce Mau: Design Principles for Critical Problem-solving in Global Health
Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are the latest in a series of global crises that both illuminate and exacerbate inequity. We need new ways to approach global health in the 21st century, but how?
Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021
The 2021 Red Dot Award: Product Design will open for submissions on October 12. Designers and companies from all over the world are invited to enter their best products in 50 categories as diverse as medical technology, watches, or packaging.
CBDX: Cities for All
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary has launched a design competition intended to spark an international discussion around equitable, inclusive cities.
WDC 2020 World Design Policy Conference
On October 19-23, the WDC 2020 World Design Policy Conference will explore design as a tool for resilience and study how design can and is being used at the core of the democratic process.
Winners of 2020 National Design Awards Announced
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced the winners of the 2020 National Design Awards.
ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan Announce CLOSEUP
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign Manhattan have announced a new platform of design showcase 'CLOSEUP' - a two-day trade event inspired by a TV show format, for product launches, trend direction, and virtual networking experiences. Two dynamic days of programming will be presented on October 28 and 29 and broadcast live from New York.
Service Design Global Conference 2020
This year, the Service Design Global Conference (SDGC20) will be held online on October 22-23. Bringing the full power of the service design community together for a 'must-attend' virtual experience, the conference will look to explore all the latest tools, methods, insights, and trends shaping the direction of service design and its ultimate impact on the future of society.
Adobe Releases State of Creativity Research Findings
Adobe has released research findings on the State of Creativity, illustrating the significant impact of the global pandemic and social unrest on the creative industry.
Be Original Americas Launches On-Demand Virtual Programming
Be Original Americas has launched on-demand virtual programming from their 2020 fellowship. Available now to the public, viewers can watch 22 participating design companies covering the design process.
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2021
The 2021 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards is now open for entries. The Awards celebrates and champions the integral role design plays in business success, improving societies and enhancing people's lives.
Stanford Longevity Design Challenge 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing into sharper focus the cultural norms that guide us through life and is providing insights about what a new future might look like.
Lexus Design Award 2021
The applications are now open for the Lexus Design Award 2021, a global platform to support and nurture the next generation of creators. The award seeks to foster the growth of ideas that contribute to society by supporting designers and creators whose works can help to shape a better future.
Design Museum Launches 11th Edition of Design Ventura Challenge
The Design Museum, in partnership with Deutsche Bank, has launched the 11th edition of Design Ventura - a national design & enterprise challenge for secondary schools.
Design-Nation Publishes '20 Makers, 20 Objects'
This month Design-Nation is celebrating twenty years of championing and supporting the UK's incredibly talented and multifaceted design and craft sector. Design-Nation's first landmark project, '20 Makers, 20 Objects,' is a curated online showcase that celebrates selected signature pieces of design from its network.