Croation Designers Association: (Re)Imagining Europe - Call for submissions

15 November 2019
31 December 2019

ico-D is pleased to endorse the Poster Competition: (RE)IMAGINING EUROPE organised by ico-D Member Croatian Designers Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.


Project “Europe 2020” began in 2002 at the initiative of designer Boris Ljubičić and Croatian Designers Association and had resulted in a great reponse from European designers in offering their vision of what Europe would be like in 2020. The project continued in 2003. under the theme “Why?“ that has presented designing Europe as a problem for designers in the broadest sense, as an active medium in fostering change in the society. In 2005, the project fostered a dialogue between the Europe as it is versus the Europe we would like to live in, under the theme “Today for Tomorrow”.

In 2020, with this new poster competition we wish to establish a new dialogue – design as a focus of a new identity that needs to be re-imagined in the ever-changing landscape of Europe. Today European countries are evolving, but are also facing new and different challenges, combining the diversity of their cultural and historical heritages that offers Europe a specific and unique place in the world. Thematically open, but at the same time defined by civil and public contents around us, this poster competition aims to result in works that would reaffirm designers’ professional and intellectual affiliation with Europe.

The new title “(Re)Imagining Europe” is but a thematic blueprint for designers or design teams to present their visions. Design is a newer cultural and economic way of thinking and is oriented towards the future, and not the past. Europe needs new visions of its future and designers as its co-creators. The goal of the poster competition is to be inclusive, open towards all European countries and their cultural and indigenous heritage. The diversity of ideas will, hopefully, open up new horizons and offer new visions for the future.

The Competition is open to all designers residing in Europe, plus ten invited authors chosen by the organizers. The works will undergo a pre-selection process by the Pre-selection committee comprised of representatives of the organizers (Marija Juza, Dejan Kršić, Nevena Tudor Perković and Alemka Vrcan).

Selected works will be judged by an international jury (Marija Juza, Dejan Kršić, Nevena Tudor Perković, Alemka Vrcan and Demetrios Fakinos), who will award three awards:
1st Award – 4500 EUR
2nd Award – 4000 EUR
3rd Award – 2500 EUR

as well as ico-D Excellence Award
The jury, at its discretion, may withhold the awards or prizes or divide the total prize money in other proportions. Awards and any cash prizes will be paid within one month of the announcement of the awards.

All selected and invited works will be showcased at an exhibition in Zagreb, Croatia, juxtaposed with a selection of original works from 2002. to present the evolution of designers' thoughts and ideas. Part of the exhibition will also be showcased in Bruxelles, Belgium, honouring Croatia's presiding over EU in 2020. By entering the competition, designers automatically grant the permission for their works to be published in a catalogue and exhibited at the exhibition.


The competition will begin on 15th November 2019 and will finish at 31st December 2019.

Designers and design teams are required to send in their works for Pre-selection and Judging as A4 pdf with the designer’s or studio names in the name of the file. Designers are also asked to provide and A4 document in 300 dpi/CMYK for the catalogue, as well as B1 format in 300 dpi/CMYK for the printing. Please do not send printed posters. Organizers will have all the selected works printed locally from your files.

All works must be received by midnight December 31st 2019 at the address Works that are not clearly marked or sent after the closing date will automatically be disqualified.

Competition is open to all designers and design teams currently residing in Europe (defined as continent and not EU membership). Members of the Organizing committee, Executive committee, Pre-selection committee and Jury, as well as their family members of close collaborators cannot take part in the Competition and will be automatically disqualified.

Competition rules are based on ico-D “Regulations and best practices for organising design award competitions” and this document, along with „Regulations and best practices for serving as a juror of a design award competition“ will be circulated in advance to all Pre-selection Committee and Jury members.

Iva Babaja, member of Croatian Designers Association and ico-D Past President is serving in a role of independent moderator, appointed by the organizer to act amongst the organizer, the jury and the entrants. She will ensure that all procedures are in line with ico-D regulations. 

The Moderator is responsible for:
• receiving all submissions;
• receiving written questions within the time limit stated in the rules;
• passing the written questions received, without disclosing any names, to the jury or to a juror appointed by the jury chairperson for answering questions;
• sending all the questions and the jury’s corresponding answers to all entrants, by a date mentioned in the rules;
• opening the submissions after the deadline of the competition;
• keeping a register of all submissions;
• passing the submissions to the jury;

The moderator will not act as a secretary to the jury, nor take part in the jury’s work in any way.

Organisers comply with the clause on copyright and patents that appears in ico-D’s International conditions of contract and engagement for communication designers.

The names and address of the participant shall be shown on all submissions.

Since the works will be submitted in digital format, no returns will take place.

When a competition is endorsed by ico-D, the Organiser will provide a full report to ico-D once the judging process has been completed.  This report must include the number of entrants, the names of the jurors, the names of the winners and comments by the jurors on the quality of the work submitted.

Poster Competition: (RE)IMAGINING EUROPE
ico-D Member Profile: Croatian Designers Association


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