a look at past Design Jam entries
Our Charge To You
The Seattle Design Jam is a design competition that is solely about doing, not sketches, not renderings, but actual physical constructions in an outdoor setting. It is our goal to address the central themes of the Design Festival through interactive structures, exhibits and tools to ignite curiosity, encourage discussion and engage the public in the conversation about this year's festival theme, Design in Health.
Given this year's theme the Design Jam will explore our physical, mental, social and nutritional health through the creation of an urban playground. We're asking YOU to create a playground intervention on an urban space provided by the Seattle Design Festival, limited in size and height that will be displayed outdoors for the Seattle Design Festival.
Let's transform Occidental Ave into a playscape!
Play can be interpreted as either physical or mental activity with a connection to a healthy lifestyle; winning entries will explore this connection by “doing, playing, tinkering and interacting.” Each structure should take an investigative look at issues surrounding an individual’s physical or mental health. The structure should allow the user to grasp a concept, learn about an issue, or interact with a topic of the entrants , while also showing how the design of the structure helps inform the user of the critical message.
Seattle is the perfect setting to set a national example of how Design can improve Health
Some Practical Limits
Submissions should take the form of a physical installation, interactive display, game, furniture, or performance device.
*logistical information will be provided to entrants by Sept. 1
Early Registration Closes
Setup at the Design Block (near 300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104). Exact time TBD
Jury convenes and winners are announced at the Design Block. Exact time to be announced.
Teardown and removal by entrants. Exact Time TBD
Registration closes Sept. 15th
All! Multi-disciplinary teams of designers, makers and artists are encouraged.
2013 Registration has closed. Thanks for entering!
To Be Announced
Urban Movement Design
Seattle Department of Transportation
Seattle Downtown Families
Winning entries will engage and educate the public about the complex subject of health through an activity that’s simple, fun and interactive.
Each structure should take an investigative look at issues surrounding an individual’s physical or mental health. The structure should allow the user to grasp a concept, learn about an issue, or interact with a topic of the entrants , while also showing how the design of the structure helps inform the user of the critical message.
Each structure should interpret the connection between Design environmental design and the various aspects of health. The structure shouldn’t be limited to only one type of health addressed in the Design Festival. Entries should illustrate how a healthy mind, body, and consciousness are woven into good design. Winning entries will engage and educate the public about the complex subject of health through an activity that’s simple, fun and interactive.
The materials, methods and systems of entries are open to interpretation. However, all entrants will be limited to a size requirement of 80 cubic feet or less, and a height limit of no more than 7 feet tall. Sizes of each entry will need to be submitted prior to the final submission to give the best possible exposure to each structure in the design block.
Each structure shall be judged based upon the connection between the topic chosen, and the resulting interpretation. We want clarity, cleverness, and an overall aim for starting a conversation between design and health that hasn’t been discussed yet!
Some other questions to consider:
direct questions to SeattleDesignJam (at) gmail.com
Last updated: August 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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questions can be addressed to seattledesignjam (at) gmail.com