2008 Spark Design Awards Launched Today

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Top international design teams have until August 1, 2008 to submit cutting-edge work.

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Designers from all levels and skill-sets are welcome, be they professional, novice or student.

The world's best commercial and student designers will vie this autumn for recognition - and exhibition space - at the 2008 Spark Design Awards.

Winners that catch the eye of the judges will have their work exhibited in America's most exciting new design hot spot - the dazzling Autodesk Design Center, at One Market Street, San Francisco. A prestigious line-up of 20 multi-disciplinary Judges include Tania Aldous, Director Global Design, Whirlpool, Allison Arieff, "By Design" Columnist, New York Times and John Hoke, VP Global Footware, Converse.

A nail-biting live judging session in September will be the climax of the awards, with the nominees work premiered at a stylish launch for the Spark 2008 show, on October 3, 2008.

Returning for its second year, Spark is the exciting industry-backed competition created to promote great design and designers. Everyone is invited to participate: designers, art directors, architects, design firms, manufacturers, institutions, ad agencies, students and novices may enter and enjoy the Spark Design Awards. The global competition returns with a new, simplified entry system so firms can submit more designs from their portfolio, with less paperwork, at http://www.sparkawards.com.

Great Designers Solving Our Greatest Problems:
"Spark is a fresh, modern qualification system that recognizes new processes and technology and seeks to involve people and ideas from untapped sources," explains Peter Kuchnicki, Executive Director of Spark. "Designers from all levels and skill-sets are welcome, be they professional, novice or student."

"Spark Awards encourages everyone to create designs that make a difference," explains Spark Advisory Council member Sam Lucente, VP Design, Hewlett-Packard. "As a society we face unprecedented challenges related to resources, environment and technology considerations amidst strong competition for the attention of consumers. We need every person to embrace design and make things better. Spark showcases the work of the best designers and enlightened companies behind them."

Simple Entry Process:
The first phase for the competition requires artists to submit their work online with a brief mission statement. The deadline to enter is August 1, 2008 (late deadline: August 25). A panel, consisting of VIP design jurors, will review the online submissions and decide who will move on to the second phase as Spark "Challengers."

Designers whose work qualifies have the option to enter the second phase. The deadline to enter is Sept.1, with the physical piece or model for the jurors to review.

Unique Live Judging Event:
All entrants are invited to attend the 2008 Spark Awards, where winners will be announced. Winners of phase two will be awarded either a prestigious Silver Spark, Gold Spark, or ultimate Spark! award. All winners will be on long-term exhibition at the new Autodesk Design Center.

The Autodesk Design Center showcases innovative and important designs from around the world. The center highlights how the pieces are created, from design to engineering to completion. It offers the public and professionals an enriched design environment, maximizes design creativity, increases collaboration across design disciplines, and facilitates innovation.

The Spark Awards sponsors and partners include Hewlett Packard, Autodesk, Automobile Magazine, RedClay Interactive, Bravo Media, Joie de Vivre Hotels, California Magazine and ArchNewsNow.

For more information on the Spark Awards and other related information, please visit their website SparksAwards.com.

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