The Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
(AATCC) has launched its fourth annual Materials Design Competition for undergraduate and graduate
students, created by the Materials Interest Group to promote innovative product development from a
material structures design perspective. This year’s focus areas are Industrial/Technical and Sports
Materials; Medical; Biomedical/Protective; Materials and Devices; and
Smart/Electronic/Optoelectronic and Nano-materials.
Preliminary design proposals must be received by February 13, 2009. Final material products
or device designs, including a full text proposal and an electronic/digital poster board on CD, are
due April 15. In each competition area, winning entries will receive $1,000 for first place and
$500 for second place. Winners will be declared by June 1, and will receive complimentary student
registration for the 2010 AATCC International Conference, where their entries will be displayed
during the poster session.
The AATCC also has announced its fifth annual design competition, created by its Concept to
Consumer® Interest Group (C2C) together with the former members of the Computer Integrated Textile
Design Association (CITDA). The theme of this year’s contest – which comprises two main categories,
Apparel Fabric Design and Apparel Product Design – is “Color Concepts.”
Submissions from institutions offering textile design, art, interior design, and/or fashion
merchandising programs are welcomed. Entries must be submitted on CD and received by Nov. 25, 2009.
The winning entries in each category will receive $1,000 as well as a complimentary copy of
Pantone’s Color Passport portable color reference. The first-place winner of the Apparel Product
Design category also will be invited to the 2009 Society of Dyers and Colorists’ International
Conference and Design Competition Finals, where he/she will compete for the International Colour
and Textile Award. Each category’s second-place entries will receive $500. Winners will be
declared on March 31, 2009.
To view complete guidelines for both competitions, along with entry forms and student
membership applications, visit