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2D DESIGN

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Eat your Wheaties and pray your fingers don't cramp up. Now that it’s joined by 3D Design and Motion Design for 2009, Cut&Paste is about to make the 2D Design competition format more challenging and design-centric than ever.

We’re still not sure what exactly it is about watching people work crazy fast in Photoshop and Illustrator that makes for such nail-biting suspense, but the eye-popping 2D Design competition has developed a strong following since Cut&Paste first began the Digital Design Tournament in 2005.

As in years past, eight designers will go head to head in series of advancing 15-minute elimination rounds until one of those heads emerges with its rightful crown. This year, there will be only two rounds. In the preliminary round, the eight competitors will take the stage in two heats of four designers at a time. The two heats make up the preliminary round, so both will feature the same theme and design constraints. A panel of judges will score their work, and the top two competitors from each heat will advance to the final round. From there, of course, the playing field is inevitably whittled down to one winner who will face off against fifteen other city champions in the Global Championship.

Moving forward and starting in 2009, the 2D Design competition will shift its emphasis to be less about graphic art and more about strong design. Creative briefs will impose tougher design constraints than in previous years, while judging will place greater emphasis on function and communication while maintaining high expectations of form. The length of the competition rounds remains the same. (Yikes.) Aspiring competitors, you'll still want to please the crowd, but be prepared to cram more brainpower into those lightning-quick fifteen minutes on stage!

 

CONTESTANT SELECTION

  • Entries received during the Call For Competitors period will be reviewed by Cut&Paste.
  • Top entrants will be invited to participate in Test Rounds, a weekend event where prospective competitors will perform in a simulated 15-minute design round for an audience of local Cut&Paste team members and peers.
  • Eight (8) competitors will be selected per city and announced on the website in advance of the tournament event.

 

 

RULES

  • Competitions consists of two (2) rounds, fifteen (15) minutes each.
  • Finished work in this competition must be in the form of a digital still image constructed from scratch, except when stated otherwise. Animated images will not be accepted.
  • Prior to the start of each round, competitors will be given time to set up their physical and digital workspaces.
  • Tools provided to each competitor are as follows (Unless otherwise stated, the use of additional equipment or software not provided by is prohibited.):
  • (workstation) Apple Mac Dual-Core
  • (display) Wacom Cintiq 21UX pen-based display
  • (tablet) Wacom Intuos Tablet. Competitors may bring their own tablet.
  • (mouse) A standard mouse will be provided. Competitors may bring their own mice.
  • (software) Adobe CS4 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign; iPhoto for image captures from a digital camera.
  • Digital cameras are NOT provided but are permitted for use in competition. Competitors wishing to incorporate external images into their designs must bring their own cameras and import cables/card readers (recommend card readers for speed). External images may be captured and used according to the following conditions:
  • Art supplies and physical materials are fair game, as long as they do not have an inherent artistic value, such as graphics. Materials can be used to create sculpture.  All materials are subject to Cut&Paste approval.
  • Non-artistic objects found in everyday life may be used. All such objects must be “checked in” ahead of time and are subject to approval by Cut&Paste.
  • All supplies and objects brought in for use in the competition become community items and will be made available for other competitors to use.
  • Competitors are responsible for procuring their own digital cameras.
  • All photographs must be taken on site during the course of the competition round.
  • Competitors may bring fonts and typefaces not included in the standard software provided. All such fonts must be provided by the competitor in advance and must be publicly available (free or by purchase). Proprietary and custom fonts are not allowed. Fonts brought in by any competitor become available for all competitors to use.
  • No finished artwork, photographs, or premade digital elements may be brought for competition use. Unless stated otherwise, all work must be constructed from scratch.
  • Competitors may not use stock footage/photography or other copyrighted materials in their work.
  • Notes are permitted. Stencils, sketches, and other pictorial or graphical reference materials are prohibited.
  • Competitors will be provided with themes for each round one week in advance.

 

PRIZES

CITY COMPETITIONS

Grand Prize

Wacom Cintiq 12UX
Pantone Goe System Cube Coated
Pantone GoeBridge Coated
Pantone X-Rite ColorMunki Design
Pantone ColorMunki Create

Finalist Prize
Apple iPod Touch
Pantone X-Rite ColorMunki Design
Pantone GoeGuide Coated
Pantone GoeBridge Coated
Pantone ColorMunki Create

Semifinalist Prize
Wacom Intuos 9X12 Tablet
Pantone GoeBridge Coated
Pantone ColorMunki Create


People's Choice Prize
Wacom Tablet 6X8
Pantone ColorMunki Create

 

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