WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — October 29, 2013 — SURTEX® announces STREET INSPIRATION as the theme for its
28th annual International Student Design Competition, designext®, honoring outstanding art &
design students for exceptional surface design work.
Participating students are being asked to submit original surface designs inspired by what
they think will be “street influences” in the year 2020. New this year, the competitors are
given a choice of four categories to further hone in on their creativity and skills.
Submissions are to include a collection of six surface designs for one of the following
categories: WEAR, WORK, LIVE and PLAY.
The call for entries by students in their 3rd or 4th year of a surface design-related program
across 150 colleges and universities is now open. Professors may register their students or
individual students can register themselves by November 15th, using an online submission form,
found on surtex.com. All design submissions must be received in GLM’s New York headquarters
by January 24th. Of the anticipated 100 entries, four winners will be chosen by an expert panel of
judges (judges to be announced) in early February.
The winners will travel to New York City for final judging to take part in SURTEX, May 18-20,
at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center where they can look forward to a rewarding experience that
has a history of helping past participants launch their professional careers. These lucky winners
will have the opportunity to present their designs in a booth setting, receive feedback from
exhibitors and judges, meet show attendees, and participate in relevant SURTEX offerings (e.g.
Conference Program, Trend Theatre, etc.). They will be evaluated by the judges on their
display, portfolio, and overall presentation, culminating in the selection of one grand prize
winner who will receive a cash award of $1000 and enjoy additional publicity.
“The designext competition has always encouraged students to think outside the box, while
projecting future demands and trends in surface design. This year’s theme enforces that
sentiment, and continues to nurture emerging talent into the business,” says Penny Sikalis,
GLM Vice President and SURTEX show manager.
Posted November 4, 2013