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

designboom in collaboration with Hirosaki Design Week and Japan Design Week

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

We welcome entries from students aged 15 or older.


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 : APPLE




02) - Background

The city of Hirosaki is located in the Aomori prefecture of northern Japan, and is renowned for its status as the largest producer of apples in the country. In order to promote this unique characteristic, the public is invited to develop creative expressions related to the theme of 'apple'. The subject can be interpreted through various mediums, including film, graphics, products, space design, and architectural concepts. Submissions should express Hirosaki's apple production in novel and innovative ways, and should aim to communicate the essence of 'apple' as it relates to the landscape, local life, and city as a whole.



03) - Prize

- GRAND PRIX award € 6,000 euro

- Second prize € 1,000 euro 




04) - Jury 

- Toyo Ito, architect, president of the jury

additional jury members will be revealed soon

Toyo Ito, architect

William Sawaya, architect + Paolo Moroni, entrepreneur, Italy

Jeff Shi, Dragonfly, product designer, China

Birgit Lohmann, editor-in-chief, designboom






05) - Registration and Submission deadline

Application registration will be accepted by 23:59(GMT), Sept. 30, 2017.

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.





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 to submitting your Work(s), and you will be asked to agree to the Competition Guidelines. By clicking on the Submission upload button you notify that you have read and understand 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 October 2017





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 Hirosaki 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 Hirosaki Design Week Consortium exercises the option to use the rights for production on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations), Hirosaki 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 Hirosaki 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 Hirosaki Design Week Consortiummay 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 Hirosaki Design Week Consortium will credit the designer’s name to properly attribute authorship of work to promote the author adequately.
designboom, LG Display will have the right to apply minor change amendments without damaging the integrity of the artwork – e.g. add the Hirosaki Design Week logo and text, reframing, translation, changing colors, cutting the background or parts of it.




09) - Info on Hirosaki Design Week