Year of the Dragon 2012 – China International Design Competition

Year of the Dragon 2012 - China International Design CompetitionDeadline: 27 September 2011

Eligibility: Entries are accepted from designers from across the globe regardless of age, rank, professional status, or nationality. All designers are encouraged to apply.


While the West has a zodiac of twelve constellations, China’s zodiac is composed of twelve animals. Every person identifies with an animal based on their birth year. Next year is the Year of the Dragon which is the first year of the Chinese zodiac and an important year of the zodiac cycle. According to Chinese tradition, China is the dragon’s homeland and Chinese people consider themselves decedents of the dragon.In anticipation of the auspicious year, AIGA China has partnered with PoloArts to support the first annual China International Design Competition: 2012 Year of the Dragon. The competition aims to promote communication, exchange and interaction between China and the rest of the world by encouraging designers to create innovative work based around the theme of the Chinese dragon.

Entries will be accepted in the areas of

• Graphic Design
Digital and Multi-Media Design
• Installation Design
• Product Design

Entries must be original, and cannot be previously published. There is no limit to the quantity of works that can be entered.


A panel of judges comprised of well-respected international designers and Chinese celebrities will award significant cash prizes. One hundred winning works will be exhibited at Beijing’s Capital Museum in January 2012.

There will be 100 Finalists, from which 17 award winning entries will be chosen. The total value of the awards: RMB 360,000 (approx USD 59,000). Each finalist and each award-winner will receive a trophy and a certificate in addition to the following cash prizes:

Finalists (100): RMB 1,000


Awards of Excellence (10): RMB 5,000

Best Overall Work (1): RMB 70,000

Most Innovative Work (1): RMB 30,000

Best Concept (1):RMB 30,000

Best of Graphic Design (1): RMB 20,000

Best of Digital and Multi-Media Design (1): RMB 20,000

Best of Installation Design (1): RMB 20,000

Best of Product Design (1): RMB 20,000

The total value of the awards: RMB 360,000!
Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

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