Nordic Design Competition for New Designers 2019!

Brief :

Hankyu Department Store, Inc. will organize Nordic Fair 2019 from May 29th till June 4th on its flagship store in Umeda, Osaka. As a part of this fair, Hankyu Department Store, Inc. will organize Nordic Design Competition for New designers (NDCN), with a supporting partner, And Graphic Design,Inc. to create active communications between Nordic and Japanese design fields.
NDCN will give designers in Nordic countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland) a unique opportunity to create print designs. Through this competition, NDCN aims to introduce talented graphic designers to Japanese market. The best designers from each country will have a change to have their prints on T-shirts and canvas tote bags at the fair for sale.

NDCN 1st winner Tomi Leppänen : Finland/photo by Jukka Iskoski

NDCN 1st winner Saana ja Olli : Finland/photo by Jukka Iskoski

Theme :


Type of work :

Printable graphic design for T-shirts and canvas tote bags

T-shirts and tote bags printed awarded works

Prizes :

For the best designers from each country;
- 100,000 JPY(tax excluded)
- Invitation to Nordic Fair 2019 at Hankyu Department Store (Osaka, Japan)
- Flight tickets (home country – Osaka – home country) for 1 person
- Hotel accommodation (single room) during the fair in Osaka for 1 person

Submission :

starts on Thursday November 1st, 2018 (UTC +9)
ends on Sunday January 13th, 2019 (UTC +9)

Eligibility :

An applicant should be a designer or a private person,
- who has nationality of Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden or Iceland, at the time of November 1st 2018
- who can come to Japan for the period of Nordic Fair, from Tuesday May 28th until Tuesday June 4th 2019
- who can join the fair actively such as participating live talk shows (in English), live paintings or conducting workshops (details should be discussed later)

A state of the talk event held during the Scandinavian Fair (Talk interaction is Mr. Akira Minagawa)

Enrollment :

Please send CV and work data by email to (And Graphic Design,Inc.).

CV must contain;

- full name
- birth date (dd,mm,yyyy)
- street address
- email address
- working/ studying history
- URL of own webpage, if any
- portrait/ ID photo
- ideas for possible workshops at Nordic Fair

Work data must be;

- PDF or JPEG format
- max. file size of 5MB
- printable size within 280mm x 300mm
- max. work size of 3800px×4000px
- min. work size of 2500px×2700px
- with a title and a short description about its concept
- up to 2 works per applicant
- with clear explanation as a separate attachment, if there’s other information than above

Annoucement of result:

NDCN 1st awarded trophy(saana ja olli version)

NDCN organizer will take contact to the prize winners, after the jury has made its decisions. The works of the prize winners will also be published on the organizer’s webpage. After the announcement, winners should submit the original full-resolution degital files by web services or postal services (CD-R/ USB). Possible file formats are .ai, .eps, .jpg, .psd or .indd (created with Adobe Illustrator、Photoshop、InDesign (Win/Mac-CC)).
The file must be arranged with CMYK colour mode. NDCN will inform the result only to the prize winners and will not be able to reply further inquiries about the result.

Notice :

- NDCN will not return the works or CV after the competition.
- The copyrights and the related rights of the winning designs will belong to And Graphic Design,Inc.
- The work must be original by the designer and should not have been published domestically or internationally before the competition.
- The designer is responsible for having all needed permissions to submit the work and is liable for not violating third party’s copyright, trademark, design right or personality rights with his/ her work.
- The work in NDCN must not have been submitted to other competitions, and the designer should not publish it without NDCN’s agreement during the competition.
- All the cost of designing and sending the work to NDCN will be covered by the designer. All possible damages on postal or digital delivery from the desinger to NDCN will be covered by the designer.
- NDCN will take full care of the work, however will not take any responsibility for damages or losses by force majeure.
- NDCN has a right to make decisions on details other than mentioned in the terms of competition. If NDCN has altered the terms, the designer has rights to cancel their application. However the cost for application or cancellation will not be covered by NDCN.
- NDCN will not accpet to the competitions any works, which are obscene, supporting anti-social forces, violating human rights or reputation of third party. In case NDCN finds out those works after the prize announcement, NDCN has a right to change the results without covering any damages at designer’s side due to this decision.
- During the competition, NDCN can take contacts to the desiners about thier work, especially about product licenses.
- The work by prize winners might be used in other products than T-shirts or canvas tote bags. Besides the prize, NDCN will not pay any extra royalties to the designers.
- NDCN has a right to publish the prize winning works at exhibitions, webpages and other media sources. NDCN also has a right to annouce the results on press releases to media sources.
- On printed materials and webpages, NDCN has a right to publish prize winners’ information such as full name, age, working/ studying history.
- NDCN will not use personal information other purposes than the competition. Thus, NDCN will use the contact information to announce about future competitions to the designer.

Jury :

The scene selected by Akira Minagawa

Mr Akira Minagawa (owner and designer of ”minä perhonen”, MINA Co., Ltd.)
The selection process will be held at MINA Co., Ltd. office (Shirokanedai, Tokyo) between Monday January 14th and Friday January 25th, 2019.

Criterias of selection :

- Summer in Nordic countries is visible in the work.
- A concept of ”Nordic design” is embodied in the work.

Nominal support by ;
Embassy of Iceland

Organized by ;
And Graphic Design,Inc.

Inquiries to ;
And Graphic Design,Inc.