SURTEX® is proud to present its 29th annual International Student Design Competition honoring outstanding art & design students for exceptional surface design work.
As the only B2B marketplace dedicated to selling and licensing original art & design, SURTEX provides a valuable and exciting opportunity for artists, designers, agents and licensors to meet art buyers and licensees from around the world. The Show features an unparalleled and up-to-the-minute range of color, design and pattern trends while drawing professionals looking for unique, innovative artwork for every product category imaginable. SURTEX is held annually at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City alongside the National Stationery Show and the ICFF®.
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 a career. We invite you to participate in our 2014 competition.
"Grunge" fashion is said to have originated in the United States, out of Seattle, WA, during financial hardship. The style consists of plaids and ripped denim, baggy clothes and inexpensive fabrics, giving off an urban feel that matched with Seattle lifestyle. (E.g. outdoor wear and flannel)
However, when picked up by fashion designers, it quickly became a well-known fashion trend. Now titled, "The New Urban Grunge", this style consists of florals, embroidery, stripes, camouflage, denim, leather and pops of color.
Challenge: Create 6 original surface designs inspired by "The New Grunge". These designs are to be applied to the surface of products and presented as a collection from one of the following 4 categories:
Four winners will be selected, and will be given the unique opportunity to display their project at SURTEX 2015 (May 17 - 19, 2015) in a designext “booth” setting. Winners will be given specific direction for their on-site presentation and will be required to create the materials for display.
In return, winners will:
Receive mention in a special designext press release (going to several hundred trade and consumer press)
Be featured in On The Surface e-newsletter
Be included in various SURTEX promotional materials and the show’s website
Be provided hotel room in New York City during SURTEX (5 nights)*
Be given a daily monetary allowance (for meals) during the NYC visit
Be included in numerous activities at SURTEX to network and gain exposure in the marketplace. Activities include: Networking Event, introduction to members of the press and key art & design professionals, admission to SURTEX Conference Program sessions, and more.
Have their portfolio professionally critiqued
Have the opportunity to present their portfolio to SURTEX participants
Students’ on-site display, portfolio, overall presentation and the ability to maximize their participation at SURTEX will be reviewed by Show Management and judges during Show days. One student (of the four winners) will be selected to be honored Grand Prize, prior to the close of the Show. This prize includes:
* Students must provide their own transportation to/from New York City. Two students will share a room, as designated by Show Management.
There is no cost to enter the SURTEX designext competition! However, all entrants must be students in their 3rd or 4th year (junior or senior level) in a college/university, and be enrolled in a surface design-related curriculum. Submissions must adhere to the competition requirements in order to be considered.
1. Professors or students, register you and your school by November 14, 2014 using the Online Registration Form.
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 the address below. We cannot be responsible for boards damaged during shipping. Entries MUST be received by January 23, 2015.
SURTEX® designext competition
1133 Westchester Avenue, Suite N136
White Plains, NY 10604 USA
The following requirements must be met to qualify the entry for judging. Each student must:
Professionally 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" by 24"
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)
Winning students must be able to travel to New York City to participate in SURTEX 2015.
The jury will review entries based on the following criteria:
Surface design development (i.e. hand-drawn and/or computer-generated)
Creativity, style and use of color and pattern
Potential for viability in the marketplace
At SURTEX, the judges will review each of the four winners’ booth presentation and portfolio in order to determine the Grand Prize winner.
Online Registrations - November 14, 2014
Entries Due - January 23, 2015
Judging - Mid-February 2015
Notification of Winners - March 2015
Winners arrive in NYC - May 15, 2015
Winners set up at Show - May 16, 2015
SURTEX opens - May 17-19, 2015
Final judging - May 18, 2015
Winners depart - May 20, 2015