Taichung, Taiwan – Last year, the 2018 Taiwan International Student Design Competition attracted entries from 66 countries and regions and 895 schools around the world, vetting a whopping 20,833 entries across the contest's four categories. Today, the the largest competition on the planet for emerging designers, has put out the call for entries once again for its twelfth edition, inviting applicants to register their work online for free from May 1 through June 30, 2019.
The mission of the TISDC competition is to promote an international pollination across design disciplines, cultivate talent anywhere and everywhere, articulate and further the global image of Taiwan vis a vis creativity, and establish Taiwan's design cred on the world stage.
The TISDC theme for 2019 is 'empathy' and the winnings pot is up to US$160,000. The competition asks that design entries address this undersung virtue, the ability to view the world through the eyes of another and put oneself in someone else's shoes.
The themed competition offers gold, silver and bronze awards in each category, including Digital Animation, Visual, Product and Brand-Specific Design, along with a Grand Prix and 21 special prizes for International Design Associations.
Anyone born after April 28, 1989 and under 30 years of age (women who became mothers before the age of 30 have a two-year extension for each birth) is eligible to register.
The preliminary selection of finalists will be announced in mid-September, the final winners will be chosen by mid-October and the ceremony and exhibition will take place in early December 2019.
Since 2003, the Department of Higher Education of Taiwan's Ministry of Education has focused on using existing resources to nurture and develop young Taiwanese talent for the domestic and overseas study of art and design and participation in creative competitions. Today the contest, run by the Department of Visual Communication Design of Asia University, has begun to encourage the participation of students around the world in creative contests.
The event is sponsored by the iSee Taiwan Foundation, the Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation and the Industrial Technology Research Institute, along with partners in countries ranging from Brazil, the US and Japan to Russia, Australia and Germany.