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ICSID (The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) is an organisation who's responsibility is among others to choose The World Design Capital.  Aalto University School of Art and Design is a member of ICSID and complies with the Design Competition Guidelines by ICSID. A design competition is on sustainable basis when these international codes of conduct are complied with.

ACE Arcihtect's Council of Europe has competition policy.

students and schools/colleges

2.1 regulations to be observed by promoters

  • The competition conditions and rules shall clearly define and explain the subject and the objectives of the competition; the brief shall be informative on all aspects of the competition.
  • The extent to which members of the teaching staff may assist or participate in entries must be clearly stated in the rules. It must also be clearly stated if collaborative or group entries are accepted.
  • The prizes for student competitions may vary according to the objectives/complexity of the competition and the status of the promoter.
    Should one of the competition objectives be commercial or promotional, the copyrights and patents of the student(s) will be respected. Any payment for commercial production or development of a competition entry should be comparable to a normal professional fee.
  • All submissions selected for awards or prizes shall be dispatched, carriage paid by the promoters, to the participants within two months of the closing date for submissions, or within twelve months if these are exhibited or otherwise publicised. Any divergence from this clause shall be specifically stated in the conditions and rules.
  • Competitions can also be arranged so that they conform to and become part of the school curriculum.

2.2 regulations to be observed by students and schools/colleges

  • Students should enter competitions entirely of their own free will and be in general agreement with the objectives of the competition, taking into account their curricula, timetables, available facilities and educational progress.
  • In the event of a student entry receiving an award and/or being selected for production, any allocation of the award fee or other recompense between the student and the school should be in accordance with a prior agreement or understanding established between the student and the school. Neither the promoters nor Icsid can be involved in any dispute in this context.

Icsid does not support activity that exploits the professional designers or students of design. A competition should not be viewed as a means to obtain professional work free of charge. Compensation should be a primary consideration for the competition promoter.
The conditions and rules of competitions should leave no doubt in designers’ minds that their entry is not the same as offering their work for commercial purposes.

Similarly, students of design should be eligible to enter competitions on the same terms as professional designers, unless the competition is open to students alone. If your competition will be open to students, we advise you to carefully read the ‘competitions and students’ section of this document.

Competition organisers are free to initiate design competitions and to administrate them as they see fit. However, competitions that are not organised in accordance with the regulations and recommendations in this document will not receive Icsid support. Furthermore, Icsid asks member organisations not to take part, either as an entrant or a jury member, in competitions that do not meet these standards.

Further support can be given to competitions in the form of an official Icsid endorsement.

The definition of the competition and theme in the competition materials should be complete and concise. There should be no doubt about the way in which entries should be prepared and submitted, with appropriate information about form, size, colour, models, drawings, and all appropriate information about form, size, colour, models, drawings, and all other requirements. This will enable designers to compete on equal terms with a clear understanding of what is required of them, and the judges to have a firm basis for evaluation and selection.

There should be no entrance fee for participation in competitions, except where it is necessary to recover costs relating to expensive material provided to entrants, in which case the amount recovered should be as low as possible and stated clearly in the entrant policy.

Prize money will often be the main attraction for designers, and, if it is fixed at a generous level, it will attract more entries.

There should normally be a minimum of three prizes, not only to reward more than one designer for entering good work, but also to attract more entries. It should be made clear that the prize money does not include remuneration for the use of designers’ copyright (this is a matter for separate negotiation). We recommend that the terms and remuneration that apply to the use of that work for such purposes be specified.

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