Designpreis Halle International Design Competition

Deadline: 31 January 2014
Open to: designers and design students under 40 years old from all over the world
Award: prize money of altogether Eur 10,000


The aim of Designpreis Halle is to bring together economy and design and to sharpen the senses for excellent design. It also aims to offer an incentive for young designers to seek competition and to present their works to a wider audience. Designpreis Halle is being tendered by Designpreis Halle every three years and is awarded together with the City of Halle, the region‘s economic partners and Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. Awards are made for design products, ideas and concepts of outstanding quality. The winners are selected by an expert jury.

Another speciality of this international award is that a new topic is introduced each time. A historic building that bears reference to this topic is chosen as a venue for the exhibition and the presentation of the nominated competition entries, providing an extraordinary setting for the award ceremony, too. In 2014, the chosen topic is water.

Water is our most important aliment and as such, it is getting worryingly scarce. It can also serve as a means of traffic and transport, for bodily hygiene, the preparation of food, for energy production, it offers recreation and pleasure and much more. It is, moreover, a very attractive and sensuous material. As a topic, it is of high current and global significance; therefore, it can raise a multitude of ecological, economic, ethic and social questions and can lead to the most different applications but also to theoretical and socio-cultural questions.

The name is a declaration of commitment to Halle. It aims to raise the city‘s profile as a varied and innovative economic and scientific place. As an ambassador for the city‘s creative potential, Designpreis wants to show that Halle, which is home to a large creative scene, is also attractive for young fresh ideas from all over the world.

The registered society Designpreis Halle was founded after the enormously successful premiere of Designpreis Halle in 2007, which attracted some 19,000 visitors.

Designpreis Halle is looking for designs that examine the topic in an intense and creative manner – be it product-oriented or process-oriented. It may include inventing new services or suggesting innovative applications or user strategies but also designing products that address our treatment of water as a resource or examine the sensual qualities of water as a material.


Designers and students of all design disciplines from all over the world who have not reached 40 years of age on the closing date for submission on 31 January 2014 are admitted to the competition. Members of the jury are excluded from participation.


Designpreis Halle 2014 carries prize money of altogether Eur 10,000. The appraisal procedure and the division of the prize money will be determined by the jury. Beyond that, the jury can award one or more special mentions.

All selected competition entries are presented as part of a final exhibition and are shown in the catalogue. After the jury’s decision, the promoter will request models, prototypes and possibly other complementary photographs and drawings. In that case, the nominated participants will receive separate notification with further terms. The award ceremony and exhibition opening will take place on 3 June 2014.


The deadline for submission is 31 January 2014.

Participants may submit a maximum of three DIN A2 posters mounted on card-covered rigid foam board (Kapa board), showing products, designs or concepts (i. e. design drawings, models, animation or prototypes). An additional DVD may be submitted only in the case of video formats (H.264, Quicktime, MPEG4, max. length three minutes) or in the case of interactive presentations (PDF, Flash). An envelope with the name of the participant, containing a short CV and a description of the entry (max. 1,500 characters) in the German or English language must also be enclosed.

The submission is only valid if a signed copy of the registration form containing all conditions of participation is enclosed. The form can be downloaded HERE. The submission address is:

Designpreis Halle (Saale) e. V.
Ernst-König-Str. 1, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 345 7751 – 528, Fax: +49 (0) 345 7751 – 546

There is no entry fee, but all costs for shipment and return shipment of the entry must be paid by the participant.

Questions can be directed to [email protected]

For more information, please visit the official website HERE.

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