Inaugural Spark Award Entries Reflect Energy of Great Designs

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The Spark Awards, launched this year, aim to recognize design excellence in a breathtaking variety of categories, for both professional and student designers.

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There are no limits to what great design can accomplish -- and no limits to possible recognition by the Spark Awards. We're looking at the future and seeing a dazzling array of design solutions to 21st century challenges.

Why do we need another design competition? Before the design magazines have their say, before the market votes yea or nay with its dollar votes, design competitions are a way to shine a light on great design.

The Spark Awards, launched this year, incorporates dozens of possible design niches organized under three umbrellas: general, mobility and public sector. Entries are coming in from as far as Sweden and as near as Mexico.

"Interest in design has never been higher," said Peter Kuchnicki, Executive Director of Spark. "There are no limits to what great design can accomplish -- and no limits to possible recognition by the Spark Awards. We're looking at the future and seeing a dazzling array of design solutions to 21st century challenges."

Architecture, advertising and appliances are just the beginning of design arenas eligible to enter. To win, an entry must be ground-breaking and enhance the human experience in a tangible new way.

Kit Hinrichs, partner in world-famous Pentagram Design, heads the distinguished jury panel as Executive Jury Chairman and serves as Graphic Design Chair. A complete list of Spark jurors will be announced next week.

  •     The registration deadline is May 15, with late registrations accepted until May 30. Entries must arrive at the jury site between May 21 and May 31
  •     The Spark Awards Ceremony, HotSpark Night and SparkLive Exhibition will take place June 9 at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena
  •     Winners will be exhibited at Art Center South Campus through June 29
  •     The Online Exhibition will be available from June 2007 until May 2008

The sponsors of Spark Awards are as wide-ranging as the scope of the contest itself. They include Hewlett Packard, Dwell Magazine, Automobile Magazine, Design Within Reach, RedClay, San Francisco Mart, California College of Art, Rutgers NCPP, School of Visual Arts, University of California College of Environmental Design, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, AIGA SF, Billingsly & Brown.

Please visit this International Design Competition web site for more information on entering and a complete schedule of deadlines and events.

About the Spark Awards
Spark embraces design criteria for process, strategy, integration, aspiration, collaboration, sustainability and other essential 21st century concerns. They all add up to betterment: Better lives, better health, better water, better air, peace and liberty. Great design is a critical tool to help us get there. We're new and we have a new world view -- please join us. Visit our web site for a gallery of entries to date, our blogservations about design and much more: http://www.sparkawards.com

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