an international contest
for young designers
at the Lodz Design Festival!

faq

How does the process of shortlisting the finalists look like?

The selection process has been divided into two stages. The first stage (July 2017) involves jury deliberations held to determine whether the entry forms submitted for the competing objects meet the formal criteria for participation in the competition. Approximately twenty shortlisted projects selected from all entries will be then presented in a joint post-competition exhibition at Lodz Design Festival (3-8.10.2017). The second jury meeting will be held on the day of the festival’s opening (3.10.2017) to evaluate the submitted models. The make me! competition winner will be announced on the same day during the festival’s opening gala (and will be awarded with the main prize PARADYŻ AWARD of PLN 20.000 gross, (apx. 4.600 euro). During the event we will also hand in other prizes, among others special award in the amount of PLN 10.000 gross (apx. 2.300 euro).

Who will review the entries? Who are the jurors?

The competition entries will be reviewed by a panel of jurors of diversified interests. The jury's line-up changes slightly on a yearly basis We carefully select design experts to form the jury that would be highly diligent in reviewing every entry. The jury panel of this year’s make me! competition consists of:
- Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, promoter of Polish design, exhibition curator, director of program at School of Form;
- Czesława Frejlich, lecturer at the Cracow and Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, since 2001 editor-in-chief of the national quarterly magazine 2+3D;
- Jacek Ryń, designer, founder of the project group razy2, lecturer at the Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts;
- Agata Kulik-Pomorska – co-founder of MALAFOR design studio;
- Paweł Pomorski – co-founder of MALAFOR design studio;
- Michał Piernikowski, director of the Lodz Design Festival.

Why do you charge an entry fee?

All the funds raised from the entry fees are used to cover the costs of organizing the competition, as well as post-competition exhibition.

Why have age limits been set for entrants?

Entrants must be between the age of 20 and 35, because our intention is to promote and present designers who are starting their careers and who are working on their first project meant to go into production.

How can I be sure that my application form was properly submitted?

Each contestants should receive an e-mail, as a confirmation that we have received your application form. Otherwise, please contact with us. 

Which components of the project will be evaluated by the jury?

At the first stage, the jury will review the projects based on the following criteria:
– originality of the design concept,
– fulfilment of assumptions,
– aesthetic value of the project,
– market potential of the project,
– quality of descriptions and photos included in the entry form,
– project model workmanship.

How many entrants will be shortlisted by the jury? How many stages does the contest have?

The jury will review all entries to select projects that best meet the evaluation criteria (see -> the answer to the preceding question). The first stage will involve creating a shortlist of finalists (up to 20 projects), and the second stage will involve selecting the winner of the main prize PARADYŻ AWARD as well as the laureates of the additional prizes out of all the finalists.

May I submit more than one project?

Yes, you may. But each one has to be submitted via an application form and you need to pay the entry fee for each submission.

May I submit a project that has already been put into production?

Yes, you may. But please remember that if you qualify for the second stage of the contest, you need to deliver finished prototype to the place pointed out by the Organiser before 01.09.2017. In case of not delivering the prototype to this date, your submission will be disqualified. 

May I submit a project that has already been put into production?

Yes, you may. But please remember that if you qualify for the second stage of the contest, you need to deliver finished prototype to the place pointed out by the Organiser before 01.09.2017. In case of not delivering the prototype to this date, your submission will be disqualified. 

Does the entry fee apply to each project submitted to the competition?

Yes, it does.

My ZIP file exceeds 4MB. May I send my graphic files by post or via email?

No, we only accept on-line entries and your graphic files should not exceed 4MB each.