Huawei launches global design contest with $300K prize fund

Smartphone brand Huawei has launched a competition that offers designers and artists a chance for global recognition, plus some big money up for grabs.

The 2020 Huawei Global Theme Design Competition features a top prize of $20,000, and several other special treats, with an overall prize pot of $300,000. Which is impressive enough, but that's not all. The winners of the contest will also become official theme designers for Huawei, and collaborate with the brand to share their designs with its 600 million users worldwide.

The competition challenges designers to create work on the theme of "Visionary Art", in four categories: Themes, Wallpapers, Watchfaces and Cities. For the Cities category, entrants are being asked to submit designs that capture the essence of one of nine unique Chinese cities, and the winning entries may be chosen to become official designs for Huawei wallpaper and phone cases.

Prestigious jury

Entries will be judges by a prestigious panel of experts including iconic graphic designer David Carson; Wang Ziyuan, a professor of design who was involved in the branding of the Beijing Olympics; Norito Shinmura, an award-winning Japanese designer whose clients include Muji and Shiseido; Tiger Pan, an eminent packaging designer; Liang Jun, chief UX design director at Huawei UCD; Zhang Zhongyang, president of the Shenzhen Illustration Association; and Liza Enebeis, director at Studio Dumbar.

A little inspiration

To help inspire you, several prominent guest designers have agreed to produce their take on the theme. These include Li Min, chief editor in the art department of China Daily; Japanese commercial illustrator Tatsuya Kondo, renowned Finnish illustrators Eero Lampinen and Annu Kilpeläinen; illustration educator Zhang Wangzhe, and Tang Yi, an experienced illustrator who has previously produced work for Visual China Group.

Of her work, Wangzhe Zhang said: "I went to an art gallery, closed one eye, and looked at all the paintings, photography and sculptures. When seen through one eye, these creations became warped in wonderful ways. The resulting piece is a surreal blend of Chinese and western aesthetics, like the male form in the middle who's wrapped in the Chinese-style ribbon of a goddess."

To enter, you need to register and submit your designs here. Winners will be announced on 22 July 2020.

The Rays of Hong Meng by Tang Yi

The Rays of Hong Meng by Tang Yi

Guest designers such as Eero Lampinen have crafted their own visionary designs to inspire yours

Guest designers such as Eero Lampinen have crafted their own visionary designs to inspire yours

Time “Flies” by Annu Kilpeläinen

Time “Flies” by Annu Kilpeläinen

Cherry Blossoms at Yellow Crane Tower by Li Min

Cherry Blossoms at Yellow Crane Tower by Li Min

A Magical Night at the Gallery by Zhang Wangzhe

A Magical Night at the Gallery by Zhang Wangzhe

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