C A L L - F O R - E N T R I E S

designboom in collaboration with MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK

Participation is open to professionals, students and design enthusiasts from every country in the world. 

Free registration required.

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the Official Rules, please read them carefully before entering. Below we summarize the most important steps.




01) theme : FLOWER

Through the flower design award, MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK seeks new ideas to promote the city of Matsuyama on a global scale. Submissions can be presented through any design discipline including, art, product, graphic design, and film under the theme of the flower. 



02) - background

Matsuyama is the largest city on Shikoku, an island located in southwest Japan. It has developed around the Matsuyama castle and is best known for dogo onsen, one of the country’s oldest hot spring resorts. Famed for its literature, Matsuyama is the hometown of famous Haiku poet Masaoka Shiki and great writer Natsume Sōseki. In recent years, it has developed a dense urban fabric and now looks to disseminate creativity both inside and outside of the city’s boundaries. 

Flower Design Award by MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK



03) - prize

- GRAND PRIX award € 4,000 euro

- Second prize x 2 € 1,000 euro each 




04) - jury 

Kengo Kuma, architect

Kimi Hasegawa, designer

Birgit Lohmann, editor-in-chief, designboom

Antonio Arico, industrial designer




05) - registration and submission deadline

[Updated 2018/08/01]  Application registration will be accepted until August 2nd, 2018 19:00(GMT)

Application registration will be accepted by 23:59(GMT), June. 1st, 2018 to July 31st, 2018 23:59(GMT)

Registration is open now, please fill in the form.
Teams should register with one name only - when submitting Works, you should add all team members' names.

Prior registration please read and agree to our privacy policy






06) - submit your entry

There is no limit on the number of entries per person. If you are entering more than one Entry, please submit each Work separately. Images and text must be in digital format. Entries will NOT be accepted via physical delivery.


a. How many image files can I upload?
The Work may be produced in any medium but must be submitted as low res JPEG (JPG) or GIF format.
Up to 8 images can be uploaded (either single or composition images).
All digital image files must be
- 500 KB or smaller (a low-res version of your original Work).
- must be of exact width of 818 pixels / 72 dpi,
- RGB color mode.
- video upload is not mandatory.

 The voluntary addition of up to 2 video files should be uploaded as either vimeo or youtube format. then, the link of each video should be pasted in the proper field of the submission form. 


b. Explanation
Please provide a brief description of your design. english text only.


c. You will be requested to accept the Competition Guidelines and Official Rules
Prior submitting your Work(s),  you will be asked to agree to the Competition Guidelines. By clicking on the Submission upload button you confirm that you have read and understood the terms and conditions, AND BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH CREATE A CONTRACT BETWEEN YOU AND THE SPONSOR.


Please read them carefully. Below is only a short topic excerpt, in which we remind you that
- the Work may not use any watermarks or artist signatures;
- submitted Work must be original work by the applicant himself/herself.
Except for materials that are in the public domain, each Submission, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material created by the Entrant, or for which Entrant has all rights required to comply with these Official Rules.
- the Work must not be offensive, defamatory, harmful, vulgar, excessively violent, and racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
- it is important that you keep your design(s) confidential until the results of the Contest are published.






07) - announcement of the results

Results will be announced early to middle of August 2018





08) - intellectual property rights

Any moral and paternity right regarding the project sent in for submission is the designer’s property.

by submitting a design in the competition, the participant agrees to provide MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK Consortium with the right of first refusal to the exclusive use of the design. this option is valid for 6 (six) months after the end of the competition.
In the event that MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK Consortium exercises the option to use the rights for production on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations), MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK Consortium will discuss directly with the participant the terms for the transfer of intellectual property rights.


by participating in the competition, all the participants authorize designboom and MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK Consortium to publish and exhibit all the designs (including project data submitted) – waiving compensation – at exhibitions and events and/or to use them in any publications and communications that designboom and MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK  Consortium may deem suitable and/or necessary. In any cases, each time the creation is used, they must refer to the competition they originate from. designboom and MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK Consortium will credit the designer’s name to properly attribute authorship of work to promote the author adequately.
designboom and MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEKwill have the right to apply minor change amendments without damaging the integrity of the artwork – e.g. add the MATSUYAMA DESIGN WEEK logo and text, reframing, translation, changing colors, cutting the background or parts of it.