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What we are looking for
We invite you to design and prototype new creative applications for DuPont™ Tyvek®, a unique and versatile material. Unleash your creativity, harnessing the expansive potential of this material that blends the properties of paper, film, and fabric.
To enhance your design and increase your likelihood of selection, DuPont provides a complimentary Swatchbook. This sample book showcases the full range of Tyvek® materials as well as converted Tyvek® fabrics for both design and consumer applications. The Swatchbook facilitates informed decisions regarding material choices for your entry. For more information, please refer to the “How to Request the Swatchbook” section.
For a deeper understanding of the properties of DuPont™ Tyvek® material, refer to the subsequent sections and consult the information provided by DuPont.
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Total Award Value: €9000 + 20 Backpacks designed with Tyvek® (unitary value: about 50 Euro)
3 x BEST Tyvek® DESIGN OF 2023 Awards:
– €3000 each
– 1 x Backpack each
– Visibility Perks (detailed below)
17 x Special Mentions:
– 1 x Backpack each
– Visibility Perks (detailed below)
– Beyond the designated winners and special mentions, DuPont reserves the right to select additional projects to bestow the Visibility
Perks detailed below.
– Official recognition certificate
– Visibility on Tyvek® official media and media partner platforms
– Opportunity to connect with well-known brand partners for potential business opportunities.
The winners will be selected by the Sponsor based on originality, feasibility, and consistency with the provided brief. The decision will be final and unquestionable.
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Eligibility and submission criteria
Participation is free and open to creative individuals of any nationality who are 18 years of age or older.
Participants can submit one or multiple projects, but only those uploaded to the website www.desall.com through the upload page of the contest will be accepted.
Entries can be both brand-new, unpublished designs or products made with Tyvek® that were launched after 1 January 2020 and have been on the market for no more than three years.
DuPont™ Tyvek® material feels like paper, but it’s not paper. It feels like fabric, but it’s not woven fabric. Its distinctive look & feel, printability, convertibility and recyclability have been inspiring designers to create with it.
Tyvek® is a unique non-woven material made from high-density polyethylene continuous filaments. It provides durable sheet products that are stronger than paper and more cost-effective and versatile than fabrics.
Super lightweight, tear-resistant, durable, water-resistant and breathable, DuPont™
Tyvek® products have introduced enhanced protection and safety across a variety of
sectors for decades, from building envelopes and protective apparel to medical packaging and a range of industrial protective packaging applications. Today, Tyvek® is being discovered by designers as an innovative material for the development of lifestyle consumer products.
Tyvek® comes in two distinct forms for design and consumer applications: a paper-like hard structure and a fabric-like soft structure. Thanks to its versatility and convertibility – which offer endless possibilities in shapes, structures, and colours – many global brands have launched products made from Tyvek® that showcase modern design and promote sustainability.
Possible design applications
We invite you to design and prototype new creative applications for DuPont™ Tyvek®.
Tyvek® blends the characteristics of paper, fabric, and film. Available in both hard and soft structures, and provided in rolls and sheets, the existing versatile design applications span a range of sectors, including fashion & accessories, home decor, interiors and spaces, public art, sustainable packaging, and more.
When selecting an industry or area for your design, bear in mind that you’re encouraged to venture into novel and imaginative uses for Tyvek®, even in untapped sectors or in unconventional ways.
Style of the designs
The submitted designs should exhibit a contemporary and elegant aesthetic.
Targets and dimensions
There are no specific limitations on the target audience or the size of the new design.
DuPont™ Tyvek® should be the principal material for your design. While supplementary materials can be incorporated if they serve a functional purpose, Tyvek® must constitute at least 50% of your design.
To create the prototype of a new design, participants can use their self-sourced Tyvek® material, or they can request the Swatchbook and samples offered by DuPont:
1) a Swatchbook, showcasing all the Tyvek® material and converted fabrics
2) a limited quantity of material samples for prototyping.
To receive the Swatchbook and to request the specific Tyvek® material for your prototype, please refer to the “How to Request the Swatchbook” section.
Participants must showcase their designs using photos of a prototype crafted from Tyvek® material, or photos of commercial products made with Tyvek® launched after 1 January 2020.
Provide the following:
1) High Resolution Photos:
– Submit at least 10 high resolution photos of the prototype/commercial product.
– Place these photos in a .zip folder (max size 100MB).
– Use the specified field on the upload page to attach the .zip folder.
2) Preview Images:
– Provide up to 5 preview images that best capture your design.
– Format: 4:3
– Acceptable file formats: .jpg, .gif, or .png
– Colour mode: RGB
– Max file size: 1MB each
– Use the specified fields on the upload page to attach the individual images.
3) Detailed Descriptions: Provide comprehensive details of your design. All texts (abstract, description, tags, etc.) must be written in English.
4) Videos: optional but recommended.
– A video presentation will significantly impact the evaluation criteria.
– Duration: No more than 1 minute.
– Orientation: Horizontal
– Resolution: At least 1920×1080
– Free from watermarks, logos, and subtitles.
– Background: Quiet with minimal noise and good lighting.
– Submit the video in a .zip folder using the designated field on the upload page.
– Max size for the .zip archive: 50MB.
How to request the Swatchbook
To assist with the prototyping of your design, DuPont proudly offers a complimentary Swatchbook to anyone who might need it.
The Swatchbook is an invaluable tool that displays the complete array of Tyvek® materials and converted fabrics suitable for both design and consumer applications. Using the Swatchbook, you can make informed decisions about which materials best suit your design.
Moreover, once you’ve made your selection, DuPont will provide up to 5 square metres of Tyvek® material samples for your prototyping needs, per the review of your design (see STEP 3 below).
Here’s how to get started:
STEP 1: Request the Swatchbook via this form, before 1 November, 2023.
STEP 2: Select Your Material: Once you have the Swatchbook, peruse the various Tyvek® materials and select the right one for your design.
STEP 3: Source Your Material: To craft your Prototype, use a self-sourced Tyvek® material or contact DuPont at [email protected] using Email subject “Tyvek® sample request for Design Award 2023” explaining in detail what kind of project you will present. Based on this information DuPont may provide up to 5 square metres of the chosen Tyvek® material for your prototyping at no cost.
For further information on DuPont shipment policy, please refer to Dupont Trade Compliance Policy.
The entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Appropriate material integration 5/5 (judged based on the prototype/commercial product)
Degree of innovation 4/5
Aesthetic quality 4/5
Functionality and usability
Social and commercial value 3/5