Tuesday, October 03, 2006

International Student Design Competition

Deadline (Registration): November 30, 2006

Since 1986, SURTEX has hosted an annual International Student Design Competition honoring outstanding art & design students for their exceptional surface design work. Students and their work get exposed to thousands of worldwide industry professionals – a terrific path for beginning your career. We invite you to participate in our 2007 Student Design Competition.

This year we challenge students to create a minimum of 6, maximum of 9, original and coordinating surface designs inspired by nature. These designs are to be applied to the surface of products from one of the following 4 categories:

Home Interior
Stationery/Paper Products

We encourage you to be creative, inventive and dramatic as you develop your concept. Look at the patterns, colors, shapes and textures found in nature and let them stir your creativity. Visit a retail outlet selling items in your chosen category for product ideas. When creating your designs for your products consider how patterns, colors, shapes and textures will work together harmoniously.

Following are examples of products for which surface designs can be created:

Home Interior:
Bedding (sheets, comforters, pillows, dust ruffle, curtains, rugs)
Dining room (Tablecloths, napkins, dinner ware, glass ware)
Living room (furniture upholstery, curtains, wallpaper, lamps, rugs)

Stationery/Paper Products:
Celebration (Invitations, gift bags, wrapping paper, paper plates & napkins)
Personal (journals, note cards, writing paper, boxes, photo albums, scrapbooking paper)

Restaurant (tablecloths, napkins, dinnerware, glassware, floor coverings, wall coverings)
Hotel/Resort (furniture upholstery, wall coverings, floor coverings, bedding)

Housewares / Tabletop:
Kitchen (dish towels, plates, glasses, ceramic containers, pots & pans)
Table setting (dinner plate, salad plate, bowls, cups & saucers, table cloths, candle holders, salt & pepper shakers)

There is no cost to participate in this competition. All participants must be students in their 3rd or 4th year (Junior or Senior level) in college/university and enrolled in a surface design-related program. Submissions must adhere to the competition requirements in order to be considered.

Professors must register their school and student by November 30, 2006.
Click here to register. Click here to download Official Entry Form.


1. Have your instructor/professor register you and your school by November 30, 2006.
2. Get creative, have fun and complete your project – keeping the jury/criteria in mind.
3. Fill out the Official Entry Form.
4. Double check that you have met all the competition requirements.
5. Ship entries in sturdy packaging to: (We cannot be responsible for boards damaged during shipping)

SURTEX, Design Competition
Nicole Johnson
George Little Management, LLC
Ten Bank Street
White Plains, NY 10606-1954 USA


The following requirements must be met to qualify the entry for judging. Each student must:
-Professional present original artwork, demonstrating an understanding of surface design
-Be in his/her 3rd or 4th year (Junior or Senior level) in college/university
-Submit 2 rigid presentation boards, each sized 18”x24”
-Create one board to present the 6 to 9 surface designs. Create a second board to present renderings that show the application of the designs on products for the category chosen
-Label each design with its intended product application
- Submit a completed “Official Entry Form” placed in an envelope adhered to the back of 1 board (Please do not write the college/university name anywhere on the boards)


The jury consists of professionals involved in the design industry including trade press. The judges will review entries based on the following criteria:
- Surface design development (ie. hand drawn and/or computer generated)
- Creativity, style and use of color and pattern
- Potential for viability in the marketplace
- Presentation of overall entry and surface designs