designext Requirements


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.

Participating is Easy

  1. Professors or students, register you and your school by November 13, 2016 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, 2017.

SURTEX® designext competition
Michelle Daniels
Emerald Expositions
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”
  • 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)
  • Winning students must be able to travel to New York City to participate in SURTEX 2017.

Jury / Criteria

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
  • Presentation of overall concept and surface designs

At SURTEX, the judges will review each of the four winners’ booth presentation and portfolio in order to determine the Grand Prize winner.