Featured Contest: Enter the (free) Pinup 2012 Student Competition Using Mobile App

Check out this interesting design competition, open to students of all disciplines, that is supported by major design organizations like the Art Directors Club (ADC), the Professional Association for Design (AIGA), and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

The Pinup 2012 Student Competition invites design students to “submit a collection of their work comprised of up to nine images.” The competition poses some interesting questions about how we evaluate design as a culture that is continually influenced by new media and technology.

Student design competition Pinup 2012“It has been predicted that in 2020, there will be 50 billion mobile internet connections worldwide, the equivalent of seven devices per person,” says Pinup organizers on its Website. “Thus, this competition is not simply about the existence of technology, but rather why and how we harness it as designers.”

For Students earning their Digital Media degree and Graphic Design Degree at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, this could be a good opportunity

Read the details below:

Pinup 2012 Student Design Competition

Deadline: April 9, 2012

Cost: Free


1. Students: Entrants must currently be under-graduate or post-graduate students at universities or tertiary institutions. (Tertiary institutions include: junior colleges, colleges of technology, and other relevant vocational schools.)
2. All international entries are welcomed.
3. Competition is open to all design fields including but not limited to architecture, urban planning, landscape, interior architecture, graphics, industrial design and fashion design.
4. All submissions are digital and each entrant may submit a maximum of three collections.

Details: Create a collection of up to any nine images of your choice. The images can be in any order from any project that represents your thoughts, explorations and ideas (click here for more details about creating a photo collection).

The proliferation of device culture, social networking, and cloud technology are changing the way we work, and connect on a daily basis. For designers, this means that technology is not only transforming the process of production, but also the processes through which we share, critique, and organize ourselves around the work we do. The competition is first, and foremost an experiment in distributed intelligence. By leveraging the “wisdom of crowds” every designer can see and understand how his or her work is experienced by others.

PinUp 2012 poses the following questions: What are the standards and aspirations by which we evaluate design today? In an increasingly networked culture, what makes a project capable of cutting through the virtual noise, and starting a new conversation? How do evolving forms of media affect the way in which your message reaches its destination? What is your message?

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For more details about this design competition, click here.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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