an international design contest
for young designers
at the Łódź Design Festival!

jury

The call for applications lasts from 22.11.2022 to 22.03.2023 via the application form. The composition of the Jury, which will evaluate the submitted projects, will be published in January 2023, and the winners will be announced during the next edition of the Łódź Design Festival, which will start in May 2023. make me! Design Awards 2023 prize pool is PLN 50,000!

Jury deliberations of the make me! consist of two stages. In the first stage of the deliberations, the jury will evaluate the submitted projects according to the following criteria

  • Criterion 1 - formal assessment of the presentation of the project - whether the photos / visualizations clearly show the form of the object and its functions, whether the description is understandable and clearly presents the submitted idea, whether the designer has included additional materials / links / presentations explaining the concept,
  • Criterion 2 - Uniqueness of the design solution - whether the designer proposed new solutions or significantly changed the existing solutions,
  • Criterion 3 - Relevance of the assumptions - whether the proposed solutions (form, material, process) really solve the diagnosed problem,
  • Criterion 4 - Aesthetic values of the project - correctness of the adopted solutions,
  • Criterion 5 - market, communication, experimental potential of the project - the project must be characterised by one of three potentials – market potential (correctly diagnosed market demand, production feasibility, cost effectiveness, conscious use of materials), communication potential (the project is characterised by a high fashion-creating potential, neatly fitting in with current trends), experimental potential (the proposed solutions may lead to the development of new, innovative products, even if the product is not yet fully tested, its potential to change and replace existing solutions on the market may be assessed).

In the second stage the jury based on the make me! final projects, will select the winners of the cash prizes.

 

 

In 2022 the applications sent to the contest were assessed by a jury composed of:

Izabela Bołoz

Izabela Bołoz

Based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Izabela Bołoz is a Polish artist and designer. She studied social science in Wroclaw and Zurich before moving on to study design at Kingston University and Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2011, she established her own studio in the Netherlands. Clients include cultural institutions, local governments and international brands. Her projects are as diverse as her background, ranging from installations in public space, to functional objects and curation of exhibitions. She is currently a lecturer at the Technical University Eindhoven; she taught at the School of Form in Poznan and Design Academy Eindhoven.

Message for participants: "Participation in the make me! is a great opportunity for young designers to promote their project but also to appear in the media. It can become a good starting point for building a network of contacts. Winning a conest confirms the quality of a given project, and the make me! is certainly one of the most recognizalbe and reliable".

www.boloz.eu

Izabela Bołoz
Krzysztof Kornas

Krzysztof Kornas

Trend analyst, publicist, curator of scientific and artistic projects. On a daily basis, he studies the relationship between socio-cultural changes and science, technology, design and art. He combines the methods of scientific communication and research on the future. A cultural and cognitive scientist by education, he is also a graduate of Trendwatching & Future Studies (AGH) postgraduate studies. He organized meetings of the Quantified Self community in Warsaw. He translated popular science books, articles and various audiovisual materials for film studies and festivals. He wrote popular science texts for the "Wprost" weekly and the "Focus" magazine. Permanent collaborator of the monthly "Znak". Curator of the 9th, 10th and 11th editions of the Przemiany Festival at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw.

Message for participants: "We need new models of relations between people, institutions, nature and technology. Designers can give impetus to change. Let's update the good practices of the past and dynamize the circulation of new ideas and trends. When thinking about innovation, put emphasis on social utility and the global scale of implementations. Imagine a civilization that can get richer while investing in society and caring for nature. Let's emphasize cooperation: interdisciplinary, inclusive and beyond divisions. Also remember the well-being of the indicidual in an increasingly labile world. Most importanty - let's do it all precisely, honstly and boldly. No feat and no taboos but with personal authenticity and sensivitivity, measurable results and motivating others to act".

Joanna Krokosz

Joanna Krokosz

Designer and lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Joanna runs the Socially Responsible Design Studio and the Universal Design Laboratory. She deals with the design of social innovation, inclusive and universal design with particular emphasis on the needs of elderly people, children and people with disabilities. She was among the finalists of make me! three times. (Jelonek - a toy furniture, Therapy Set - a set of therapeutic aids and Uni - a universal raincoat). Her designs have been shown at exhibitions, incl. in Stockholm, Milan, Cologne, Belgrade, Warsaw, Łódź and Krakow.

Message for participants: "Dear Prticipant, among the works sumbitted to the make me! I will look for innovative ideas based on real needs of people. I would like ypur ideas to reach excluded people, solve niche problems, not necessarily following the trends that prevail in commercial production. Remember about the social dimension of designing and testing your ideas with recipients".

Joanna Krokosz
Tomek Rygalik

Tomek Rygalik

Designer, curator, and educator with a Ph.D. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz, and graduated in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute in New York. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he joined the RCA staff as a Research Associate. In 2006 he established Studio Rygalik. He is a professor and Head of Graduate Studies at the Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He designs for companies including Moroso, Noti, Comforty, Paged,  Ghidini, Cappellini, Profim, Ideal Standard, Siemens, Heineken and Ikea. Since 2010 he has also been creative director for leading Polish brands. He also works with cultural institutions, including The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish National Opera, The Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, BOZAR, Zachęta, The Frederic Chopin Museum, The National Museum, and the Polish Culture Institute. He was the architect of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council. Many of his projects are presented in the permanent exhibition of the National Museum in Warsaw. In 2015 he established the brand TRE Product, and since 2016 he has been developing the interdisciplinary platform Design Nature and the creative campus Sobole. 

Message for participants: "For every designer who wants to change the world for the better, it is important to enlarge the field of influence which is facilitated by the public presentation of projects and building their recognition. make me! is an excellent platform not only to present the best fruits of your labor to a wide group of professional recipients but also an opportunity for a creative confrontation conducive to further development".

www.studiorygalik.com

Agata Kiedrowicz

Agata Kiedrowicz

Design curator and critic, educator and lecturer. Agata works interdisciplinary, at the interface of culture, art and business. She is particularly interested in designing for the senses and design as a tool for exploring and criticizing reality. She lectures at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, School of Form and Collegium da Vinci where she manages postgraduate studies in the field of fashion and new media. Speaker at prestigious conferences (including "TEDx" Senses), curator of exhibitions, including" Polish Design Island", "It feels! Design for the senses" shown in Poland and abroad. She cooperates with designers, artists, cultural and art institutions. Author of publications on design, fashion and art in the industry press and in scientific publications, incl. Design Alive, KUKBUK, FUTU, USTA, Monitor Magazine, Newsweek Slow, Notes na 6. Tygodni Bęc Changes. She deals with trend forecasts and creative strategy for brands related to art, fashion and design. Agata combines curatorial, research and theoretical experience, translating it into effective solutions for education, art and business.

Message for participants: "We all need regeneration: our bodies, society, system. We need projects that respond to the needs of people and the world. Projects that bring relief, pleasure and wisdom of use. Which do not exploit man as creators and recipients, but wisely and empathetically direct the flow of energy, which is the creative force".

Agata Kiedrowicz
Maurizio Burrato

Maurizio Burrato

Born in 1966 in Pinerolo. He studied Industrial Design and Building Engineering at the “Istituto Tecnico M. Buniva” in Pinerolo province of Torino. Since 1994 to 2013 he was working as R&D and sales manager in different companies for MFC and HPL/CPL market. Since 2013 he is a member of design and marketing team at Interprint. General Manager Interprint Italia and Head of Marketing International.

Message for participants: "The design, together with the music, is a universal language, spoken by all the people on earth. Its letters are signs, colors, shapes and the stories it tells speak of emotions and friendship. The design shows new pathways to follow and turns values into objects and actions. Never like today the world needs to speak with a common understandable voice. The design can be the language everyone speak. The easier, the better".

interprint.com

Michał Piernikowski

Michał Piernikowski

Director of Łódź Design Festival. Enthusiast of urban activities and design. Organiser and co-organiser of many projects related to creative industries, including: Ad Days Advertising Festival, Creative Industries Conference, Art_Inkubator and Fotofestiwal. Co-founder of Łódź Art Center; member of a team engaged in activities aimed at promoting the design in its broad sense in Łódź.

Message for participants: "make me! is a chance for ambitious conscious creators who are close to human-centered deign. The aim of the contest is to highlight wise solutions that can change our world for the bette. We want to support and promote designers who are looking for ways to solve important challenges of the present day but also for those who create beautiful, functional items that serve us every day. We look for ideas, for new, better products, we try to see the potential of real innovation. For me in the make me! the most important things is to propose new solutions to existing problems and accurately diagnose new challenges. In the make me! we are looking for projects thah bring new value to the reality around us".

Michał Piernikowski