Nagoya Design Do! 2008


We are pleased to announce the winners of the final round of judging for the "Nagoya Design DO! 2008," which was open to the public on October 10 and 11.
8 award-winners and 22 honorable mentions were selected among finalists.


Theme: “The Act of Eating”. “NAGOYA DESIGN DO!” is a program designed to provide an opportunity for young, talented designers to develop their skills and exchange ideas with one another. It targets young people from around the globe and is held in the form of a competition every two years. Each competition is based on a theme that reflects issues related to the current generation or society, soliciting fresh ideas and new value concepts from around the world.

Category Other Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type Design Idea Competition
Country Nagoya, Japan
RegDeadline 30 April 2008 GoogleCal iCal
30 April 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Any individual or group, under the age of 40

Located in the center of Japan and boasting a population of 2.23 million people, Nagoya reveres its heritage of long-standing traditions.
The metropolis is known as a world-class industrial center with industries ranging from textiles and ceramics to furniture, transportation equipment, and computers.
The World Design Exposition was held here in 1989, proclaiming Nagoya to be a "Design City". Since then, a series of design-related events, making the city even more design-oriented, have been held.

The 6th NAGOYA DESIGN DO! will be held in Nagoya in 2008. In this international design competition, the most outstanding works will be selected and formally recognized, and the winning artists will be invited to participate in a unique workshop held here. The experience of peoples from different corners of the world, bringing with them a wide range of ideals and insights, meeting and working together so intensively, will no doubt be a highly valuable one. In addition, all competition winners will be registered in "Nagoya Brain," our human resource database, providing them with possible opportunities to participate in future projects held in Nagoya.

Participating in this competition can be the "gateway to success" for many young designers, and is an opportunity for them to show off their talent. We are looking forward to receiving new and inspirational works for this competition.

[ The first screening / Panel of Judges ]
・ Koji Mizutani (Art director) Japan
・ Michio Akita (Product designer) Japan
・ Yasuyuki Ito (Architect / Associate professor, Nagoya City University) Japan
・ Oki Sato (Designer / nendo)Japan
・ Astrid Klein (Director / Klein-Dytham Architecture) Germany / Resident in Japan

[ The final screening / Panel of Judges ]
・ Koji Mizutani (Art director) Japan
・ Tomoko Azumi (Designer) Japan / Resident in U.K
・ Astrid Klein (Director / Klein-Dytham Architecture) Germany / Resident in Japan
・ Apex Lin, Pang-Soong (Graphic Designer / Professor of National Taiwan Normal University, Department of Fine Arts) Taiwan
・ Michael Young (Industrial designer) U.K / Resident in Hong Kong

Judging Process
Two-Stage, Anonymous Competition

Grand Prix (one award): 2 million yen / Invitation to the workshop
Gold Prize (two awards): 500,000 yen each / Invitation to the workshop
Silver Prize (five awards): 100,000 yen each / Invitation to the workshop
Honorable Mention (approx. fifteen awards): Memento for each recipient

Entry Fee

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Notification of the first screening result: Late June, 2008
Deadline for submitting work for the final screening: September 9, 2008
Notification of the final screening results: Mid-October, 2008
Workshop, Awards Ceremony, Exhibition: Scheduled for late November, 2008 (at International Design Center NAGOYA)

Past winners

Nagoya International Design Competition Committee

Official Website