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The DCI Challenge

Decor Craft Inc

This year, A Better World by Design in partnership with Decor Craft Inc. (DCI) is proud to announce the “A Better World by Design/DCI Consumer Product Challenge.” Open to all designers from around the globe, this product design competition aims to inspire innovators from multidisciplinary backgrounds to create a tangible consumer product. The Consumer Product Challenge adds new depth to our conference.

The Prompt

Sustainability and “go green” initiatives are featured daily on the news and affect the economy at all levels. Large corporations down to individual consumers are asked to reduce their carbon footprint and have been encouraged to work towards a greener future to save our planet. Example initiatives include bringing a reusable bag to the grocery store, bottling water at home in a reusable container, etc.

DCI Challenge

Need some green inspiration? DCI is proud to donate to this year’s challenge their product, “I Am Not a Paper Cup™” (IANAPC), which was created in reaction to the excessive use of disposable cups in our society. IANAPC is a reusable, ceramic cup with a silicone lid evocative of the iconic white paper cup. Designed by James Burgess, the product is sold by thousands of retailers worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, Whole Foods, and Urban Outfitters.

So we ask: how would you design a product for sustainability?

The design competition is open to any designer worldwide.

Competition Steps

1. Research the problem of consumer waste.

2. Think of consumer products that can solve the problem.

3. Design a product to solve the problem. Suggested materials include recycled paper, plastic, silicone, and metal. Other materials are also welcome. Designed product should not exceed 8 in. (L) x 8 in. (W) x 8 in. (H).

4. Present your idea in the form of text and images.

Submitting Your Entry

Projects must be submitted via email attachment to abetterworldbydesign (AT) dcigift (DOT) com by March 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST. If an attached file is corrupt, the applicant cannot be considered for the competition.

For more details, click here [PDF]