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

designboom in collaboration with Ureshino Design Week.

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

We are 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 : Ninja Design




02) - Background

Located in the Saga prefecture of south Japan, the city of Ureshino is renowned for two very popular Japanese icons: Green tea cultivations and hot spring Onsen spots.

Ureshino would like to become as well a city where creative talent converges and thus has decided to host a competition which focuses on a third and very popular Japanese icon: The Ninjas!

Participants are asked to create and develop ideas around the Ninja theme. We expect to receive projects that range from graphic to furniture proposals, including objects, stationery, fashion, small architecture and more!

Ninja Design Award 2019

green tea cultivations around the city of Ureshino




03) - Prize

- GRAND PRIX award € 4,000 euro





04) - Jury 

antonio arico, designer

birgit lohmann, editor in chief designboom

jeff shi, dragonfly design center, designer





05) - Registration and Submission deadline

Application registration will be accepted by 23:59(GMT), January 31st, 2019.

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 february 2019





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 Ureshino Design Week Consortium with the right of first refusal to the exclusive use of the design. this option is valid for 12 (twelve) months after the end of the competition.
In the event that Ureshino Design Week Consortium exercises the option to use the rights for production on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations), Ureshino 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 Ureshino Design Week 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 Ureshino Design Week 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 Ureshino Design Week Consortium will credit the designer’s name to properly attribute authorship of work to promote the author adequately.
designboom, Ureshino Design Week will have the right to apply minor change amendments without damaging the integrity of the artwork – e.g. add the Ureshino Design Week logo and text, reframing, translation, changing colors, cutting the background or parts of it.