10,500 More Reasons To Enter Our Next Design Challenge

Because we love you, we’ve managed to shake loose some extra funds to reward your creativity. But don’t forget: The deadline is April 6th.

I’m happy to announce that after much cajoling, I’ve convinced the Powers That Be to offer a sweetener for entrants in our Next Design Challenge sponsored by Porsche: Each of our seven finalists will receive $1,500. And that’s on top of being featured on our site, as well as the grand prize: a one-year lease on a Porsche 911, or the cash equivalent of $20,000.

If you don’t know about the challenge already, it’s not too late to get cracking. The task is simply to design any object—any object—inspired by the iconic details of the Porsche 911. It can’t be a car, and it has to be smaller than a living room but larger than a wallet. Beyond that, it’s up to you to dream up something great.

The two primary judges of your work are top-tier talents: Dror Benshetrit, who has created products for everyone from Tumi to Target, and Jens Martin Skibsted, the designer behind Puma’s superb line of city bikes and something of a Porsche fanatic. (The third judge will be yours truly.)

To learn more about the contest, click here. To get inspired by a slideshow of Porsche 911's from the past and present, click here.

Don’t forget: The deadline is April 6th. You’ve still got time to get started!

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  • Maurizio Buratti

    Like everyone has a residence in the US... maybe i can enter the contest using airbnb services?

    ideas cross country borders.
    i could understand if it was GM doing a contest. Porsche has dealers all around the globe. It could be global.

  • Thomas

    I've been thinking about this challenge for days, tinkering with a concept that I was really happy with. Now, on closer inspection, it turns out I'm not eligable to enter because I live in Sweden. That's really shitty. I mean, perhaps you have some good reason for restricting it, but come on, you need to communicate this fact more clearly right from the beginning. The fact that the sponsor is a european brand makes it even more sour that we europeans aren't allowed to enter. 

  • Ginny Ann Gallagher Stoppelli

    How do you know if your entry was received?  We sent an entry earlier today, and as of yet have received no acknowledgement of receipt of design by your site.

  • David

    Why does your site tell me to upgrade to the latest browser when I'm already using IE9?

  • Parker J. Allen

    No problem. All you've got to do is find something that's been around in a similar form for a half century and design a logical incremental change.

  • Brendan

    How much will it suck when your year is up and you can't afford to keep the Porsche? I'm guessing a lot.

  • VizCab

    Design contests are inherently unethical uncompensated work. I'm surprised you haven't written about this. We don't have design contests for plumbers or dentists, why is it any different for a designer. We have plumbing and dental bills to pay.

  • Pra

     Thanks, that's exactly what I was thinking. The whole open innovation thing is philanthropy to the rich from the poor. As for why it only applies to US residents, that really sucks.

  • Phil

    Agree with you.  I recall many years ago a colleague of mine (with whom I had worked in Washington DC in economic policy) telling me of what a great time he was having in Chicago working for a big-time developer.  He told me he got to screw architects everyday.  He never knew that I was one - he only knew me through my  public health degree - and was utterly amazed that such highly educated professionals (my colleague was an economist) would prostitute themselves so readily just to get a design on a drawing board.  He observed that he and his colleagues in business, accounting and law would chuckle over the antics of architects competing with each other for zero fees.

    Sadly too many professionals in the design space fail to articulate the enormous monetary value they deliver to their clients.  In doing this, those same, well-meaning and highly talented designers fail to articulate that design is about how things work - and not about styling.  By not paying attention to the value they actually deliver, designers, architects and others in the design field allow clients to continue the fantasy (largely born out of Home and Garden TV and the likes of Bob Vila) that design is as substance-less as hair dressing and only involves either drawing up other people's ideas or designing things that can never be built or made.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Take a look at an iPad.  What would such a thing be like to work with and what would it look like if design was only about "styling?"  Also, listen to Jonathan Ive speaking about what design means.  Its well worth viewing and well worth looking at what Apple has achieved through paying close attention to every aspect of a product's design and manufacture.  My guess is that Apple would never enter a design competition.