The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is one of the longest running and most prestigious design awards programs in existence. Originally founded to recognize exceptional achievement in industrial design, the program has since grown to highlight design in many connected disciplines including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted by design teams across the globe, making IDEA one of the largest and most widely anticipated annual awards programs in the world.
In 2022, Spin Master launched four toy design scholarships: two in the US and two in Canada. The scholarship is open to candidates who identify as a member of an underrepresented community (i.e. women, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC), demonstrate a passion for toy design, and have applied to a full-time design program within Canada or the United States. You will receive $12,500 to support you during the first year of your studies. The award is renewable for the duration of your program provided you receive an average grade of 75% in each year of study. Upon successful completion of your first year of the program (with a minimum average grade of 80%), you will receive an opportunity to interview for an internship with Spin Master.
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International Design Excellence Awards
Student Design Scholarship for Rotationally Molded Products
The Student Design Competition was developed to encourage the use of rotational molding as a tool for design and engineering students as they enter their chosen career fields. The competition is intended to promote the use of the rotational molding process through both competition and education. Designs must be for a rotationally molded piece.
CORE77 Design Awards
The Core77 Design Awards offers a unique look into the jurying process – deliberation that often goes unseen by the public – through individual jury announcement videos. Each jury team describes, in their own words, the process, observations and discourse that led them to honor the most deserving projects.
Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition
The Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition challenges university students across Canada to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility barriers for people with disabilities.
The objectives of the program are:
- to contribute to the creation of a culture of accessibility in Canada
- to motivate students to think about accessibility issues and to include accessibility in their creation of social and technological innovations now and in the future
- to develop cost-effective, practical and innovative concepts, programs, initiatives or designs that address everyday accessibility issues
James Dyson Award
The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The challenge is simple: design something that solves a problem. We’re also excited to announce that in addition to the International winner, the JDA will crown a second winning project, focused on sustainability.
The James Dyson Award is your chance to make a name for yourself as an inventor. As well as winning a significant cash prize, you could generate media exposure to kick-start your career, earn the esteem of your peers – and perhaps gain the confidence to launch your own business.
They are looking for designers who think differently, to create products that work better. Engineers who follow an iterative design process. The judges – and James Dyson especially – are drawn to designs that employ clever yet simple engineering principles. If yours is a sustainable design, that’s even better. As well as proving your project’s technical viability, we’d also love to see that it’s commercially viable, too – so include any research you’ve done into manufacturing