C A L L - F O R - E N T R I E S
designboom in collaboration with the LIEN FOUNDATION and
ACM FOUNDATION, and supported by the
NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (NFDA)
The LIEN FOUNDATION and ACM FOUNDATION
present the DESIGN FOR DEATH international design competition to catalyze the international creative
and design community to re-think and re-imagine deathcare* for the future.
DESIGN FOR DEATH will encourage creativity and establish leadership through the intersection of design, thanatology
and deathcare to inspire future practical initiatives. It will challenge and change perceptions about the ways in which families honor,
remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
This not-for-profit initiative is the first-ever, global competition of its kind.
Call for entries for the first competition begins on Wednesday, 6 February 2013
* Deathcare is the provision of services and products related to death, funerals, cremation, burials and memorials.
01 - Introduction to the DESIGN FOR DEATH
What is the future of deathcare?
Caring for the dead is an important part of any society, and how it is done reflects the prevailing culture.
As societies evolve, the customs and traditions surrounding funerals and memorialization also change.
How can design shape the deathcare of tomorrow?
Changing demographic, social and technological trends have new
implications on death and dying and the way families remember and honor their loved ones.
For example, there is an increased interest in environmentally-friendly funerals and burials
and the creation of online memorials. This shifting consciousness underscores
the need for new interpretations of the way we deal with death and dying.
Are there design-inspired innovations and creations that will transform
the way we think about and deal with death and dying today and in the future?
How can design change the way we say goodbye?
Instead of morbid occasions, funerals can be celebrations of lives lived and memories created.
How can funeral/deathcare objects or rites help the bereaved grieve their loss and begin healing?
Can technology bring comfort to the bereaved and help them grieve their loss?
02 - Theme and Overview of the Award
We are looking to the creative community to review, rethink and
re-imagine new and original concepts of deathcare such as products and services
to care for those who have passed on and their families.
We hope this competition will inspire designers and creative talents to present
fresh perspectives and push the boundaries of
deathcare with novel concepts, designs and innovations.
The competition will accept entries in 2 categories:
1 - eco/green deathcare
People today are more aware of how fragile the environment is and there is a growing
desire to minimize the environmental impact of funerals and burials.
Break the boundaries of how various aspects of deathcare can be environmentally friendly.
Inspire green trends and new thinking for ecological innovations –
from funerals and caskets to fresh innovations and practices.
2 Wrappings of mortality -
e.g. coffins, urns, niches, hearses, etc...
Since life began, the encasement of mortal remains has taken on different shapes and sizes
in the various ages, reflecting the cultural and religious overtones of the times.
Present your interpretation of how design in the post-modern world can encapsulate our mortality
– be it an urn, coffin, niche, hearse or other memorial items.
How could design transform what remains behind?
After the completion of this competition, LIEN FOUNDATION and ACM FOUNDATION
together with designboom will launch a second competition which will focus on architectural spaces
(eg funeral hall, columbarium, crematorium, cemetery).
These will not be explored in this competition.
03 - Prize/Benefits
There will be cash awards for 3 winners from each category:
1st prize: 25,000 euro
2nd prize: 10,000 euro
3rd prize: 5,000 euro
The winners will be invited and required to attend the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo,
Austin TX 20-23 October 2013 (2013 NFDA Convention), to present their works.
The cash prize awards will be presented to the winners at the Convention.
The cost of an economy air ticket from the winner’s home country to Austin, TX,
will be covered and accommodation will be provided.
(The annual NFDA International Convention & Expo offers the world’s largest funeral service expo and
the opportunity for funeral directors from around the world to interact, network and learn from each other.
Comprehensive continuing education courses ensure attendees will learn from top experts in funeral service
regarding a variety of topics, including marketing, cremation, making arrangements, “green” funerals and more.
Each year the convention is attended by thousands of funeral professionals, suppliers and educators worldwide
who are dedicated to ensuring families receive the best products and services at their time of need.)
And as always designboom will publish an exhaustive results report.
04 - Judges
1. Richard Meier, architect
2. Ray Ceasar, artist
3. Birgit Lohmann, editor-in-chief designboom
4. Alan Creedy, chief strategist, Creedy & Company
5. Christine Pepper, Chief Executive Officer, NFDA
6. Ang Ziqian , Founder, ACM FOUNDATION
7. Lee Poh Wah, Chief Executive Officer, LIEN FOUNDATION
05- Judging Criteria
It is important that you keep your design(s) confidential until the results of the competition are published.
The jury will award artworks, designs and concepts which are innovative in terms of their formal aspects,
uniqueness of perspective and originality of solution regarding the theme.
Please do not send in vague concepts, but go a step further. It's not the idea which is the art,
it's more the way somebody handles the idea that makes art.
06 - Registration deadline
Application registration will be accepted by 23:59(GMT), Wednesday 17 April 2013.
07 - Registration
Registrations are open now, please fill in the form.
Teams register with one name only; when submitting works you should add the names of all the team members
08 - Submit your entry / entries
If you are entering more than one work, please submit each work separately.
Winning and some shortlisted entries will be showcased at the 2013 NFDA Convention.
There may also be visual exhibitions at other design festivals around the world.
Some of the winning/shortlisted entries will need to be produced in the form of replicas for the showcase,
some put together in a video, and others exhibited as posters etc for the 2013 NFDA Convention and the design festivals.
The cooperation of the winners and participants will be sought for this purpose, by way of providing high resolution
images or videos of the works, CAD files for digital printing, or whatever is required to showcase the works properly at the 2013
NFDA Convention and design festivals.
You will be requested to supply:
You may submit up to 6 images (either single or composition images) .
Image size should be: 818 pixels wide, not more, not less.
Please upload the following file formats only:
.gif, or .jpeg, - 72 dpi, max 500 kb each file, - RGB color mode.
2. video files:
You may submit up to 2 videos in flv and mp4 format only.
max weight 10MB.
The entry submitted will be a low-res version of your original work.
The original high-resolution image(s) and video(s) and CAD file(s) will be requested only if your work is shortlisted.
Please provide a brief description of your design. Jury decisions will be based on the core design criteria.
You should consider a broad spectrum of issues that demonstrate and showcase the ways in which design
can make a positive impact on deathcare experience/service (English text only) .
4. You will be requested to accept the competition guidelines
Projects participating in the competition must be original works.
Projects must be free from copyrights and any kind of obligation. The design shall not in any way infringe
any third party’s rights, including but not limited to intellectual property rights such as copyright, logos,
trademark, trade names, or other proprietary rights of publicity or privacy.
By submitting the work, every participant warrants that he is the sole owner of the intellectual property rights
in the work submitted and has the right to submit the work for competition and to give LIEN FOUNDATION,
ACM Foundation and the NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION the right to exhibit the work submitted.
Only entries with a declaration of authorship are accepted !
(When submitting your design you will be asked to tick a box of declaration).
09 – deadline for submission of entries
Works can be submitted by 23:59(GMT), Wednesday 17 April 2013.
10 - Announcement of the results
Shortlisted works will be announced early June
on designboom's official website.
11 - Intellectual property rights
Any intellectual property rights regarding the project sent in for submission is the designer’s property.
by submitting a design in the competition, the participant agrees to provide
the LIEN FOUNDATION, the ACM FOUNDATION and the NFDA with the right of first refusal
to the exclusive use of the design. This option is valid for 6 months after the end of the competition.
In the event that the LIEN FOUNDATION, the ACM FOUNDATION or the NFDA exercise the option
to use the rights for production on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations),
the LIEN FOUNDATION, the ACM FOUNDATION or the NFDA, as the case may be,
will make a private agreement with the participant for the transfer of intellectual property rights.
by participating in the competition, the selected participants authorize
designboom and the LIEN FOUNDATION, the ACM FOUNDATION and the NFDA to publish
and exhibit all the designs (including project data submitted and prototype) – waiving compensation –
at exhibitions and events and/or to use them in any publications and communications that designboom and
the LIEN FOUNDATION, the ACM FOUNDATION and the NFDA may deem suitable and/or necessary.
In any case, each time the creations are used, they must refer to the competition they originate from.
designboom, and the LIEN FOUNDATION, the ACM FOUNDATION and the NFDA will credit the designer's name
to properly attribute authorship of work to promote the author adequately.
designboom, and the LIEN FOUNDATION, the ACM FOUNDATION and the NFDA will have the right to apply
minor changes and amendments without damaging the integrity of the work e.g. add the the LIEN FOUNDATION
and ACM FOUNDATION logo and text, reframing, translation, changing colors,
cutting the background or parts of it, etc…
In case designboom and/or the LIEN FOUNDATION, the ACM FOUNDATION, the NFDA want to bring major changes
to the submitted work for publication, they need to contact the designer and inform him/her
about the use to obtain the designer's consent.
12 - Questions?
Inquiries to [email protected]
Make sure to write 'DESIGN FOR DEATH' in the subject line.
(English text only)
13 - INFORMATION ON LIEN FOUNDATION
LIEN FOUNDATION & Life Before Death
The LIEN FOUNDATION, a Singapore philanthropic house noted for its model of radical philanthropy,
seeks to push the envelope further in its mission to advance eldercare and advocate better care of the dying.
One of its flagship programmes, the Life Before Death initiative, was first conceived in 2006 to create greater public awareness about end-of-life issues in Singapore. It sought to de-stigmatise death and dying by spurring various ‘die-logues’ with the use of social media, art, films and photography and advocacy though research. The initiative has since gone beyond Singapore.
Life Before Death undertakings include:
an online short films competition
Happy Coffins -personalised coffins created for aged residents of a home
and an online competition to create coffins
a photographic feature of individuals in their 'Last Outfits'
Design for Death is part of LIEN FOUNDATION’s continuing efforts to promote
and cultivate a culture of “living well, leaving well”.
14 – INFORMATION ON ACM FOUNDATION
The ACM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization formed by Ang Chin Moh Casket in commemoration of its 100-year heritage. The Foundation aims to enhance the perception of death and bereavement among the public, uplift the deathcare profession and advance philanthropy in this area. The ACM Foundation will also champion and preserve the heritage of funeral and bereavement services in Singapore.
For more information, see http://www.acmfoundation.sg
15 - INFORMATION ON NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is the world's leading and largest funeral service association,
serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States
and 39 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and strongest advocate
for the profession. A worldwide source of expertise and professional resources for all facets of funeral service,
NFDA is dedicated to supporting members in their mission to provide families with meaningful
end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity.
NFDA International Convention & Expo
The annual NFDA International Convention & Expo offers the world’s largest funeral service expo and the opportunity
for funeral directors from around the world to interact, network and learn from each other. Comprehensive continuing
education courses ensure attendees will learn from top experts in funeral service regarding a variety of topics, including
marketing, cremation, making arrangements, “green” funerals and more. Each year the convention is attended by
thousands of funeral professionals, suppliers and educators worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring families receive
the best products and services at their time of need.
For more information, see www.nfda.org
16 - REFERENCES
We suggest you read the following articles:
Trends in Funeral Service
Just How Bad Is Traditional Burial?
Reinventing Today’s Funeral Through Innovation
Entrepreneurs reinvent the Funeral Industry
40 funerals for the future
Sign of the times: Capsule Urn, The ipod of Funeral Home Products
treehugger-How to go green: funerals
Eternal Reefs, A Cremation Memorial Option
POETREE- Industrial Designers Society of America