Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament 2009 Begins 16-City Global Tour

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Cut&Paste Travels through North America, Europe, and Asia with Annual Series of International Competitions in 2D, 3D, and Motion Design; 2009 Tour to Feature New Cities, Expanded Programming, and First-Ever Global Championship

The tournament is much bigger in 2009--we have five new cities, two new competitions, and the Global Championship. It presents much more opportunity for designers to really show us what they've got

Three competition formats. Sixteen major cities. Two hundred fifty-six competitors. Forty-eight winners. And one event to crown three global champions. Thousands of excited onlookers will gather around the world this year to watch the live-action spectacle known as the Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament, where designers rack their brains, race the clock, and try not to break a sweat onstage. Pitting some of the world's most talented designers against each other in the competitive arenas of 2D, 3D, and motion design, Cut&Paste kicks off its 16-city global tour in Los Angeles on February 21 and will continue eastward through North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region before returning to New York City for the debut of its Global Championship event. Tour dates and event programming for each city are available at

Since 2005, the Digital Design Tournament has held the world's attention as a one-of-a-kind graphic design competition distinguished by its trademark 15-minute elimination rounds and a setup that projects each competitor's work in real time onto large displays, allowing the audience to observe every technical move and creative decision. For the 2009 tournament, time limits and round progression will vary by competition format, but the concept remains the same: Designers will jump onstage to compete under strict time constraints with the pressure of proving their mettle in front of a watchful crowd; in each competition only one will emerge victorious.

"The tournament is much bigger in 2009--we have five new cities, two new competitions, and the Global Championship. It presents much more opportunity for designers to really show us what they've got," said John Fiorelli, founder of Cut&Paste. "It's exciting to showcase a fuller range of what the global design community has to offer, and the feedback and ongoing support from everywhere around the world has us anticipating our best show yet."

Both the 3D and motion design competitions are new for the 2009 tournament, resulting in a more extensive program this year. Events will begin earlier in the evening with preliminary rounds in 2D and 3D running simultaneously with the ongoing single-round motion design competition. Motion results and judging will take place in the latter half of the event, as will the final rounds of 2D and 3D design. In each competition, judges will award one winner the Grand Prize package. Winners will also receive an expenses-paid trip to New York City in June 2009 for the first-ever Cut&Paste Global Championship, where they will face off against their fellow city champions from every city on the tour. (For competition details and a complete list of confirmed prizes, visit

Cut&Paste is rounding out this year's program with three Audience Design Contests--sponsored by Autodesk and 55DSL--that will allow event-goers to compete against their fellow Cut&Pasters worldwide and get a taste of what global competitiveness and quick-thinking design are all about. Winners of the 2009 Audience Design Contests will be selected from out of all entries received during the course of the tournament and announced at the Global Championship in June.


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Cut&Paste is generously supported by its sponsors and media partners each year. Digital Design Tournament 2009 is globally sponsored by Autodesk, the official Global 3D Software Sponsor; Wacom, providing pen-based displays and tablets used during onstage competitions; Pantone, the global authority on color, providing its latest design tools to aid in color exploration and specification for the competitions; 55DSL, an urban streetwear line with roots in snow, surf, and skate, providing the Global 2D Design Grand Prize; and by our regional sponsors Adobe, revolutionizing how the world engages with ideas and information; Scion, a forward-thinking car company focused on creative ideas and individualism for all; and the City of Amsterdam, where the people of Amsterdam represent Amsterdam itself. Cut&Paste's Global Media Partners include IdN Magazine, Motionographer, Flavorpill and Computer Arts Magazine. Regional Media Partners include Stash Magazine, Going, Wired Magazine, and IDSA.

More information on Digital Design Tournament 2009 and updates on judges, competitors, tour dates, cities, and event programming can be found at Please contact Genna Mazor at Cut&Paste to request press access to your regional competition.

Cut&Paste ( is a social arena for the discovery, advocacy, and elevation of design. It lives as a global movement of artists, firms, and media working to strengthen creative networks through events and local support. Born in New York City in November 2005, Cut&Paste's signature event is the Digital Design Tournament, held live throughout the world each year. The 2009 tour is scheduled to take place in 16 cities around the globe. Cut&Paste additionally powers design-driven contests and events within the industry. Learn more about Cut&Paste at


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