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Surtex Opens 2014 Designext Competition

Street inspirations to form basis of the annual student design competition


Street inspirations to form basis of the annual student design competition.

Surtex Opens 2014 Designext Competition

SURTEX announces “street inspiration” as the theme for its 28th annual international student design competition, designext®, which honors outstanding art and design students for exceptional surface design work.

Participating students are being asked to submit original surface designs inspired by what they think will be “street influences” in the year 2020. This year, competitors will also be given a choice of four categories to further hone in on their creativity and skills.  Submissions are to include a collection of six surface designs for one of the following categories: WEAR, WORK, LIVE and PLAY. 

The call for entries by students in their third or fourth year of a surface design-related program across 150 colleges and universities is now open.  Professors may register their students or individual students can register themselves by November 15th, using an online submission form, found on  All design submissions must be received in GLM’s New York headquarters by January 24th. Of the anticipated 100 entries, four winners will be chosen by an expert panel of judges in early February.

The winners will travel to New York City for final judging to take part in SURTEX, May 18-20, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The winners will have the opportunity to present their designs in a booth setting, receive feedback from exhibitors and judges, meet show attendees, and participate in relevant SURTEX offerings. They will be evaluated by the judges on their display, portfolio and overall presentation, culminating in the selection of one grand prize winner who will receive a cash award of $1,000 and enjoy additional publicity.

“The designext competition has always encouraged students to think outside the box, while projecting future demands and trends in surface design. This year’s theme enforces that sentiment, and continues to nurture emerging talent into the business,” says Penny Sikalis, GLM vice president and SURTEX show manager.

SURTEX is the annual trade show for the surface design industry, bringing together the owners and creators of surface design and manufacturers, retailers, marketers, etc., that utilize surface design for their product development needs. For more designext competition details and an online registration form, please visit