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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Seoul International Design Competition

The Seoul Metropolitan Government endeavors to implement a communication- and empathy-based administration with a view to growing Seoul, a UNESCO City of Design, into one of the world’s top 5 cities.

As an effort to make Seoul an attractive place to visit, work, live and invest, the 2011 Public Design Competition has been organized. Your sparkling idea will contribute to establishing an enjoyable urban environment.

: design that offers pleasure and convenience for users.

There are two categories:

• Bench or chair
• Any other public facilities that citizens encounter in their daily routines, including sculptures and recreational and sports amenities

There is no entry fee.

Anyone with an interest in Seoul, regardless of nationality or residence is eligible.

The following prizes will be awarded in both official categories:
• Grand Prize (1) - approx. 4,500 USD, Trophy, certificate
• Gold Prize (2) - approx. 2,200 USD, Certificate
• Silver Prize (4) - approx. 900 USD, Certificate
• Bronze Prize (5) - approx. 450 USD, Certificate
• Runner-up (10) - approx. 270 USD, Certificate
• Honorable Mention (30) - approx. 90 USD, Certificate

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Logo for Human Rights

How it works

There is finally to be a symbol for human rights – show us your human rights logo!


At present there is no internationally recognized symbol for human rights. The “Logo for Human Rights” initiative wants to change that! Logos win people over through their symbolic power, distinctiveness, clarity and universal applicability. The initiative was established out of conviction that a human rights logo will make a peaceful contribution towards the global spread and implementation of human rights. In order to find this logo, a global creative online competition with cash prizes and open to everyone is to be launched. The initiative has the support of renowned stakeholders, supporters and partners from all walks of life.

The aim of the initiative is to create a human rights logo “by people for people”, thus making a contribution towards the global spread and implementation of human rights with the support of a large public.

Show the world your logo for human rights!

What do you have to do?

Show the world your logo idea, whether it’s a sketch or a complicated design. What matters is that the symbolism is convincing.
How can you take part?

Upload your logo on to Discuss and assess the logo competition entries with people from all over the world, sup­ported by a team of experts. A prominent jury will make a pre-selection from all the entries. In a global public online ballot, the winner will be chosen from among the top 10.

Why should you take part?

Your logo can become the global symbol for human rights and be used wherever the focus is on human rights. What’s more, the winner will be awarded €5000, the runner-up €3000 and the third-placed entrant €1000.


The way you produce your logo is up to you: sketch the logo with a pencil on paper, paint it on a canvas, design it with the computer, draw it with a stick in the sand, etc.
It must be possible to understand the logo without a text.
The only words that may be used with the logo are “Human Rights”.
Purely text entries will not be accepted.
It’s not possible to upload video or audio files.


Starting May 3rd 2011 12:00 CET
Submission Deadline July 31st 2011

Tips: What makes a good logo?

• Above all, a good logo is based on a good idea.
• A good logo is simple and instantly recognizable.
• A good logo can be reproduced using many different media.
• A good logo can be reproduced in different sizes.
• A good logo can be reproduced in colour or in black and white.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Piracicaba International Humor Illustration Contest

The 38th International Humor Exhibition, organized by the National Center for Graphic Humor of Piracicaba (Brazil), is now calling for entries.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Billboard Art Competition Art Moves 2011

„Reality or fiction? Let’s pretend it’s not there”

There is no entry fee. The Competition is open and all artists interested in billboard art are invited to take part. The works should be submitted by the 20th July, 2011 via electronic mail to the address:
10 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space during the Art Moves Festival in September /October 2011 in Torun, Poland. The author of the most interesting work will receive the Main Award in the amount of PLN 10.000 [about EUR 2.540, USD 3.770].

Artists are invited to prepare an artwork in response to this year’s competition theme „Reality or fiction? Let’s pretend it’s not there”.

This slogan can serve as a kind of a metaphor of the processes taking place in the contemporary world.
The slogan concerns daily matters and questions whether the things/situations in our daily life are real or fictional and how can we distinguish one from the other. Simultaneously, the slogan also raises a question what we, as individuals or as a community, are trying to hide. Are there any specific phenomena, processes or events we tend to intentionally ignore and pretend “it’s not there”?
Can we say that such social processes as: growing level of fear and alienation or breakdown of interpersonal relationships are real or fictional? However, negative aspects of life are not the only matter we can pretend to ignore. The positive aspects of human life also can be overlooked. Media informs us mainly about negative events and treats the positive ones as mundane and less exciting. By doing so, do they present a real version of the world or rather create a fictional picture? Do the Internet help us to reach something which is real or rather drags us into the world of fiction? Do the hi-tech forms of communication help or hinder our contact with reality? There could be a lot of different interpretations like these above and there are many different answers as well. We think that the question of what is real and what is fictional has a deeper meaning… If we stop asking ourselves what is real and what is not, what we discern and what we overlook, will we be able to say who we are and what world we really live in?

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