DesignFuture1OO: Challenging Young Designers to Look Forward

Written by
Felix Sanchez
April 15, 2014

As part of AIGA’s Centennial cel­e­bra­tion, AIGA Colorado is cre­at­ing a unique oppor­tu­nity to engage young design­ers in defin­ing the next 100 years of design. Designers are con­stantly focused on find­ing solu­tions and affect­ing change. They ask the fol­low­ing ques­tions daily: what can be improved? Is there a bet­ter way? How would this work? What are the pos­si­ble solu­tions? AIGA Colorado is ask­ing young design­ers to turn their laser-sharp focus toward prob­lems and issues they see as occur­ring some­time in the future and that can be solved through design.

DesignFuture1OO is a spe­cial design cam­paign open to all up-and-coming design­ers in Colorado between the ages of 18 – 30. Using their keen obser­va­tion and imag­i­na­tion, we are ask­ing these design­ers to con­sider the wide array of prob­lems or issues we may all face in the future, and to present solu­tions to those prob­lems through a vari­ety of design methods.

These prob­lems or issues should be grounded in real­ity, mean­ing as expe­ri­enced by humans, and can be clas­si­fied as either exist­ing now and can be solved in the near future, or as prob­lems or issues that can be fore­seen as occur­ring some­time in the far future. One real exam­ple that solves a future prob­lem with design is the recent release of Ryman Eco, a new type­face that is designed to use less ink. The type­face is a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of sus­tain­abil­ity and design, and def­i­nitely the type of forward-thinking we are look­ing for in this campaign.

Designers may sub­mit var­i­ous types of design solu­tions, includ­ing 2D printed pieces, typog­ra­phy, pho­tog­ra­phy, web­sites, video and other elec­tronic media, and 3D pro­to­types. We are also ask­ing design­ers to sub­mit sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion that dis­cusses their process, inspi­ra­tions, and how their design solu­tions impact future pop­u­la­tions. Designers must also incor­po­rate the AIGA Colorado and AIGA1OO logos in their designs.

Additionally, AIGA Colorado will present an expan­sive design exhi­bi­tion this Fall at the McNichol’s Civic Center Building and up 10 DesignFuture1OO sub­mis­sions will be selected as part of this exhi­bi­tion. Winning sub­mis­sions will also be awarded var­i­ous indus­try prizes, includ­ing AIGA mem­ber­ships, Adobe sub­scrip­tions, and grants to develop their designs into real appli­ca­tion. Design for fun. Design for impact. Design for inno­va­tion. The future is in your hands!

DesignFuture1OO, a cam­paign for young design­ers in Colorado, 18 – 30 years old

There are no fees asso­ci­ated with sub­mit­tng designs to this cam­paign. Designers must cover the costs of their own sub­mis­sions. Winning designs must also be pre­pared for exhibition.

Dates for Submitting Designs:
April 15-July 1, 2014

Submission Form:
Download the offi­cial cam­paign sub­mis­sion form here. Please include this form when you sub­mit your designs.

Download the offi­cial cam­paign guide­lines here

Download AIGA Colorado and AIGA1OO logos here

More Information:
For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact us at

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