For 10 years, the make me! contest matured and gained importance. From the student event presenting carefully selected peculiarities, with the potential for a product, it turned into a competition for young professionals. It almost became the rule that the make me! award is the first in a series of many that winners receive, as happened in the case of Jan Lutyk, Jan Pfeifer or last year's winner Benno Brucksch. Also, the works of finalists are doing very well in important competitions, to mention even the rehabilitation jewelery of Ewa Dulcet and Martyna Świerczyńska. The make me! finalists and winners 10/5/3 years later are renowned and active designers, Bartosz Mucha, Beza project, Nikodem Szpunar, Alicja Patanowska, Marlene Huissoud. The Patron of the contest apparently shares this opinion, since he decided to raise the prize from 20,000 to 50,000 PLN. This is a great amount that allows you to stand on the feet of a young creator, implement a project or start up a studio. It is really worth trying out in such a competition that gives a real chance to start an adult design life.
At the university it is easy to develop and realize ideas. But sometimes the value of an idea only becomes conscious when you go public with it. Participation in make me! Competition for me was the first time that I left the sheltered walls of our university. It was a great pleasure to see my project in such a well-made exhibition alongside so many good projects. The competition allowed me an intensive exchange with designers from many different disciplines. The great interest and the award encouraged me to continue working on the project Erde Wachs Stift // Crayons out of Soil after the competition. As a result of the media attention after the award other exhibitions in Cologne, Halle and Eindhoven followed. And in addition to all these wonderful impressions, conversations and the following possibilities, I now count a crayon with earth from Lodz to my collection, as a reminder of a wonderful festival.
About the growing reputation of the make me! contest I could see for myself personally as its finalist twice (2012 and 2014) Thanks to the care of the organizers and the professional jury from the national plebiscite for students make me! has become an important international competition for young designers. After the final in 2014, designed by me Plantation won several awards and went into production in less than half a year. Media and commercial interest so far has been stunning for me (I'm not exaggerating). Plantation has appeared in very prestigious design stores around the world, including: Merci in Paris, MoMA in New York, Barbican in London ... in China, Korea, Canada, Japan, etc. Contest make me! has become for me an unquestionable stimulus and a prestigious commitment to work on quality and the greatest care when placing your own product on the market.
It's worth participating in design contests, especially such as make me! It is not only a chance to win but also a chance to show your project to the wide audience of the Festival. The exhibition make me! has become one of the most important points of the Festival. Just finding yourself at the exhibition, in the final, can be treated as winning.
The make me! contest is of course great! I think it is an amazing opportunity to present your work in a place that has attracted a lot of interesting people for years. The fact that designers can take part in the competition from various fields makes the work extremely diverse and surprising every time. There are no two similar projects, and the exhibition often presents works that would be difficult to appear alone.
make me! contest is a great opportunity to present your projects, meet interesting people and participate in very interesting workshops. I’m glad that my project City Instrument has been appreciated not only by the jury but also by exhibition visitors, who were able to test it. I received a lot of comments and warm support to continue my own work. The main award definitely allowed me to further develop the project and helped me to implement my other ideas.
It has been an honor for me to take part in the contest, surrounded by international designers, a fantastic jury and amazing design pieces. Winning the competition gave me an opportunity to exhibit my project in Poland (for the first time) and to invest in equipment for my studio in London. The competition gave me confidence to continue the project From Insects and to push my practice within the design and art fields. Thank you so much for having me!
For me, winning make me! contest set off a cascade of events and experiences -invitations to exhibitions, festivals, contacts with various interesting people who saw my project at the next show or on-line. In addition, huge psychological support and incentive to aim high. And, of course, a cash injection, which gives independence for some time, helps with the execution and implementation of next project or lets you have a very long vacation (whatever you like).
You should take part inmake me! competition to give people a chance to learn about your talent.
Winning the competition has allowed us to visit some very inspiring places and strengthened our belief that we are on the right path. That’s why it is worth to take up a challenge and to face up to the evaluation of your work.
A few days after the announcement of the contest results, the photo of the Wrappie lamp circulated the world and was published on design websites and blogs. The publication in Elle Decoration, which was one of the awards, introduced me to Polish readers and made my work more recognizable. After the publication, more magazines, showrooms and companies contacted me and proposed a co-operation.
We have a lot of competitions for young designers in the country. Usually these are commercial events, focused on organizers. make me! is a contest that promotes young designers through well-organized exhibition, which is visited by a large group of viewers. High award undoubtedly improves the financial condition of young designers starting a professional career.