Open Design Italia is an incubator of international talents. It provides designers, makers, artists, craftsmen and small series companies with a cluster of services and opportunities for business development, product development and marketing.
The new selection process for this year’s edition consists of casting events in three Italian cities: Milan, Rome, and Naples.
The competition is open to products (not prototypes) in one of the following categories: product design, communication design, fashion design, and interior design.
The selection process OPEN DESIGN ITALIA CHALLENGE provides all participants with the opportunity to meet prominent figures in the field of design through coaching, training courses in communication and marketing, and face-to-face meetings with the selecting committee.
The designers selected during the casting events access the second phase, OPEN DESIGN ITALIA ON STAGE, where they will be able to exhibit and sell their works in the Palladian Basilica in Vicenza from 10 to 12 June 2016.
They will have access to training courses and consultancy aimed at developing their business. The participants will get in touch with sector experts, retailers, companies and representatives from international institutions. Finally, they will compete for the final awards, that will be awarded by an international jury during the three days of the event. Awards range from monetary prizes to publication in sectorial magazines, from internationalization opportunities to important promotion channels.
More information in the Calls for Application.
1 B2B meetings with important companies, buyers, craftsmen and online platforms
2 Exhibition, sale and meeting with general public and sectorial players
3 Consultancy, training and workshops in the fields of web-marketing, online retailing, intellectual property rights, and coordinated image
4 Compete for the final prizes for internationalization, production and marketing, which will be awarded by an international jury.
GIULIA CIUOLI – PAMPHILE
Open Design Italia is an opportunity to meet other players in the fields of design and craftsmanship (both exhibitors and visitors). Open Design Italia was an excellent tool to display the two equally important sides of my work: craftsmanship and design.
Open Design Italia brought me visibility, popularity and respect in the world of design. Meeting recognized professionals through Open Design Italia has helped me improve professionally and has helped me understand my own journey better.
Ideas, connections and enthusiasm favored by excellent organization. Open Design Italia gave us a chance to enter the world of self-production for the first time, giving us great satisfaction.
LORENZO RADAELLI – LITTLE ITALO
Open Design Italia was to me a very stimulating opportunity to meet companies and consultants and to get in touch with other creatives with whom I share the passion for exploring new paths of small series design.
In order to participate in the international competition, it is important to read the Calls for Application and fill in the online APLLICATION FORM (mandatory).
After registering, the candidate can access the page ACCESS YOUR PROFILE – UPLOAD YOUR PROJECTS and upload the required documentation.
To join one of the casting events designers must pay the registration fee within the deadline. To participate in the final exhibition event a second fee is to be paid, which covers organizational, communication, service and rental costs. For more information, see the Calls for Application.
Open Design Italia 2016 is curated by Open Design Italia, organized and supported by CNA Vicenza srl.