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Cut&Paste Launches 12-City Global Design Competition – Call for Competitors Now Open


, the global digital design competition known for its lively onstage battles and reputation-making performances, returns to 12 cities this year, this time with Adobe as the event’s Platinum Sponsor, Pond5 as their Gold Sponsor and Shapeways as their Silver Sponsor. This year’s competition, which has already made its way through riotous nights in NYC, Mexico City, and Seoul, is open immediately to potential competitors in the remaining tour cities.

All who consider themselves worthy are invited to apply for the city tournament of their choice at How to Compete, with work samples and a short statement. Check Cut&Paste’s website for all deadlines. Before each tournament, potential competitors can prove their mettle in one of several Qualifier events, at which designers can try the Cut&Paste format and meet the local team.

Each city will crown one champion in each of the three categories – 2D, 3D, and motion/ animation design – who will win a trip to New York in the fall for the third annual Cut&Paste Global Championship. Be sure to check out the winning entries from this year’s competitions in NYC and Mexico City to see what you’re up against. The three ultimate winners will team up with top global brands on one-time design projects. Past champs have worked with Converse, Shapeways, Nooka, and 55DSL, among other top brands.

Be forewarned – this is not a passive, submission-based contest. Competitors perform live, onstage, before big-name brands and a raucous audience fueled by bartenders, with a deejay cranking out music and an emcee narrating events. Cut&Paste expects competitors to put on a show not only onscreen, but onstage, bringing props, friends, social media tie-ins – anything they can to draw in the judges and audience and stamp their personal style on their work.

To prepare potential competitors for the intensity of the high-speed competition, Cut&Paste’s Platinum Sponsor, Adobe, has prepared a

Training Room

– a collection of little secrets they share alongside Adobe CS5 training videos that will help them haul ass onstage.

Judges – who will evaluate each design based upon, in order, adherence to the competition brief, strength of concept, originality, aesthetic and technique – will include Barbarian Group Co-Founder, Benjamin Palmer, Frog Design CD Michael DiTullo, Staple Design Founder/CD Jeff Staple, HUSH Partner David Schwarz, and many more.

Take a look at the



Mexico City

event recaps and screencasts to get an inside look at what Cut&Paste will be like when it hits your city. Competition is set for design hotspots around the globe, including London, Berlin, Helsinki, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo.


Cut&Paste is a social arena for the recognition, promotion and elevation of design. Through events and online programs, Cut&Paste supports artists, firms and media working to strengthen creative networks. Born in New York City in November 2005, Cut&Paste’s signature event is the Digital Design Tournament, held live throughout the world each year. The 2011 tour takes place in 12 cities around the globe. Cut&Paste additionally powers design-driven contests and events with industry partners worldwide. Learn more about Cut&Paste at


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