David Schultz’s bike was the most original of the many, many we received.

David Schultz’s bike was the most original of the many, many we received.

Allen Zadeh’s Ice Boat--a skiff on gliders that uses wind to sail across frozen ice.

Allen Zadeh’s Ice Boat--a skiff on gliders that uses wind to sail across frozen ice.

Evan Knudsen’s P9 chair is meant to react to your own weight, responding to you like a 911 on the road.

Evan Knudsen’s P9 chair is meant to react to your own weight, responding to you like a 911 on the road.

Keigo Harada’s flashlight.

Keigo Harada’s flashlight.

Scott Newlin’s Headlamp, inspired by the headlamps of the very earliest 911's.

Andy Kikta’s flashlight.

Andy Kikta’s flashlight.

Obviously, Rochus Jacob’s pendant lamp was partly inspired by the 911's headlamps. But the ceiling mount was also inspired by its distributor cap.

Obviously, Rochus Jacob’s pendant lamp was partly inspired by the 911's headlamps. But the ceiling mount was also inspired by its distributor cap.

Pablo Eduardo Charosky’s speakers are actually a timeline of Porsche references. The base evokes the spokes in a 1972 model; the dimmer in the middle, the lights from 1984; and the top, the current headlamps.

Guy Ceder submitted a speculative design: His Power Source would function as a drop in battery for a 911.

Guy Ceder submitted a speculative design: His Power Source would function as a drop in battery for a 911.

Ahmad Bittar’s record player.

Ahmad Bittar’s record player.

According to Andy Andresen, who created this shelving system, the Porsche inspirations were conceptual, and involved the user of materials and colors that echoed the 911.

According to Andy Andresen, who created this shelving system, the Porsche inspirations were conceptual, and involved the user of materials and colors that echoed the 911.

According to Andy Andresen, who created this shelving system, the Porsche inspirations were conceptual, and involved the user of materials and colors that echoed the 911.

Phillip Bodum’s sound system, which is based on the interiors of recent 911 models.

Phillip Bodum’s sound system, which is based on the interiors of recent 911 models.

Of the many, many surfboards we got, Thomas Ivey’s was the best.

Of the many, many surfboards we got, Thomas Ivey’s was the best.

Announcing The Top 25 In Our Porsche Next Design Challenge: Part 2

The final 13 short-listed candidates are pretty impressive.

When we laid out the guidelines for our Porsche Next Challenge, we asked that entrants incorporate three elements from Porsche 911s, past and future, in their designs. Among the 428 entries, we received 428 interpretations. Some people took the literal shape and line of the 911 as their inspiration. Others took engineering principles and user experience into account. It was that openness of interpretation that made the contest interesting. We accepted them all, and gave each entry careful consideration, before compiling the short list you see here and here. That was the only way that was fair to everyone involved.

What we were looking for was nuanced and involved many qualities: We looked at beauty, functionality, originality, and "Porsche-ness" to judge each entry. Some entries in the short list you see above contained a lot of one quality, but were weaker in other areas. Others hit each category equally. The point is, there were many different ways that these Top 25 distinguished themselves from the rest of the entries.

We noticed a few trends. For one, perhaps the most quoted detail of all was the rear window of the 911, which has remained a part of its design since its very first iteration in 1963. The second most quoted detail was the headlamps. Many people wrote in to describe the first time they ever saw a Porsche, and many times it was those lamps that made a lasting impression. So perhaps it was no accident that we got a slew of flashlights and lamps. Boogie boards were also weirdly popular, as were couches, none of which quite worked out.

The Top 25 you see here aren’t winners, by any means. Their merely a short list, from which we’ll draw the Top 7 entries. And as we judge those Top 7, we’ll be giving careful thought to which entries best embodied the spirit of what we were trying to create with this competition.

One final note: We’d like to give our sincerest thanks to everyone that entered. If you’re disappointed that you were not selected for the Top 25, we feel for you. We appreciate your effort. It made the competition what it was. And we attempted to honor that hard work by giving each and every entry careful consideration. Thank for you stopping by, thank you for entering. And for everyone: We hope you enjoy all the entries. On to the next round!

Click here to see the rest of the Top 25.

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79 Comments

  • AppreciativeOne

    I only just found the ad in Fast Company announcing the contest, and after reviewing the different design submissions I have to say most of them are truly inspired, some even breathtaking. Congratulations to the talented designers.  

    My only other comment is that this site is somewhat non intuitive and tricky to navigate.

  • Paul G

    I do like FastCo.
    But could not pass up pointing out error in today's text.  "Their" vs. They are merely on a short list........
    The Top 25 you see here aren’t winners, by any means. Their merely a
    short list, from which we’ll draw the Top 7 entries.
    Keep supporting quality, thoughtful,useful design.
    Paul

  • Aquablue159

    Mr Anderson brought up some valid points. I read a communication on Geoffrey thY you blocked him from posting? I don't think that's fair either. It seems that there is some discourse here. I can see why. Maybe he is disgruntledabout not placing but maybe it is the obviously reused designs that are current featured.

  • Cliff Kuang

    Actually, when you impugn the qualifications and personal character of the people who you knew would be judging your work, that's not fair either. It's ad hominem, and it will get you banned from most any site that monitors their comments.

  • Guest

    I've seen that at other sites too... Is this true? People are allowed their own opinion and criticism. If some one can't handle it then they shouldn't have a public forum. Not really fair to block people or delete criticism, it's just an opinion.

  • Harrison Fry

    Wonderful contest with exceptional deadline! Wonderful top 25! It is truly going to be quite interesting & exciting to see the out come! 

    A friendly dose of competition with an epic set of judges!

    Cheers,

    Co.DESIGN PERIODICAL FAN!

  • FastcoFan / Porsche Fan

    Great contest, some really killer ideas have been produced.
    Congrats to the top 25!

  • Guest

    There are some nice entries here. Some really nice 911 details. Congrats to those entrants. But that doesn't go without saying... There are some really poor entries here too. Really baffling. Ferdinand Porsche would certainly be disappointed in a lot of these. They do a good job of abominating the essence of the 911.

  • V Athanasiadis

    Hello mr.Kuang ,it was a great experience (first of all! :)) taking place in the challenge and a great opporunity to see new ideas from designers from all over the world. I have designed a wheelchair and despite the result,had great time...! I would like to ask if its possible to see also the entries of the people beside the top 25. I think (everybody will agree) it would be very interresting. Thank you.

  • Saad Alayyoubi

    To everyone who is complaining because they were not short listed:
    Please, show some dignity in defeat.

    We too were not selected, but I respect the judges decision and wish
    the best of luck to the top 25! Most of them are beautifully executed
    and I'm excited to see who comes out on top.

    Thank you to Cliff and FastCo for all your hard work in organizing this exciting contest.
    -Saad Alayyoubi
    Founder - SaGa Design 
    http://www.saga-3d.com/ 

  • Romano_gino

    People, 

    I am embarrassed by some of the comments I've read here. How old are we again? I myself am proud of submitting my work and have it judged by some seriously awesome people, isn't that enough? Not to mention I had a blast doing this.Cliff- Thanks again for the absolutely awesome experience this was and I hope you guys have future contests, I promise I will do my absolute best next time. I would also like to thank and congratulate the Top 25, well done guys (gals), I would want to buy every single one of those products. 

    Regards,

    Gino

  • eknude

    Hello Cliff,

    It's a bit of a shame to have been reading all of these "notes" and have the majority be negative. I would like to point out that this has been a wonderful opportunity and truly a once in a lifetime chance to have serious Professionals take a free look at your work.  Instead of nitpicking every last inch of the competition, I would love to see what people actually think of the designs. A few of you have which is wonderful but more of it would be nice for a change.

    Regardless of who makes it to the finish everyone single person (designers, artists, students, dreamers etc the list goes on) has had their work viewed by a top notch panel of judges. That alone should be satisfying. 

    Thank you once again for this wonderful opportunity and let us start conversing on these wonderful designs.

    I'll start with the ones I enjoyed:

    David Schultz. Thank you. Wonderful Job.

    Alan Pepin. I love the profile of your lamp. Stunning and caught my attention right away.

    Everyone in the top 25 has done a tremendous job and was inspiring.  It's very cool to see someone else's view on Porsche and the 911 through the years.

    Thanks again Cliff,
    cheers,
    evan knudsen

    side note.... is it possible to view the artist's statement on the design... or am I missing the link to it? thanks again.

  • David Schultz

    Evan, thank you for your comments, you are a class act. I also love your chair design, I assume the shape of the seat references the shape of the Recaro's from the '67 911R (a real favorite of mine)? I also suggest you add a link to your blog- fantastic collection of vintage race photos.

  • Cliff Kuang

    Hi Evan---thanks for entering, and thanks for your support. Artists statements for a few of the designs will be available in part as we publish more about the Top 7. Stay tuned.

  • Daniel

    Hi Cliff and team, 

    Thanks for a fun contest and keep them coming! Bummed to not see my design in the top 25 but some great designs made the cut which I found inspirational in their own right. I am also very impressed by the top 25's rendering techniques. Can you guys report on some of the rendering technologies and techniques used? I am an ink, paper, and pencil guy still when it comes to drawing and sketching (photoshop aside.) So I am curious about the methods employed.  

    Look forward to see the finals

    Thanks! Daniel

  • Emma de Vries

    Cliff, I was wondering why my design was not selected (matching 911 trailer)

    these designs are much better than the first batch.