RETAIL INNOVATION CONFERENCE & EXPO (RICE)
STUDENT DESIGN CHALLENGE
The objective of this student-led challenge is to design a 1-2-sided floor display unit for a trade show in a 10x10 space, including brand stories, merchandise, and storage.
The display should showcase artisanal items from companies that prioritize social responsibility and give back from 2 companies' purchases.
The challenge is open to students who are interested in design and marketing, and who are willing to research and analyze different visual merchandising practices that focus on pop-up spaces.
Design a flat-packed 1-2-sided trade show display showcasing artisanal items from 2 socially responsible companies outlined by goodMRKT. The student gets to choose 1 brand, while goodMRKT is the other brand. There are 4 total brands outlined in the design brief linked below.
Use Friction Fit, Puzzle Fit, and Snap Fit assembly ways with 3/8", 1/2", or 3/4" thick wood.
The design should be visually compelling, socially responsible, and drive customers to purchase from companies that give back.
The best design will be chosen and our sponsor Vertical Ledge will work directly with the student(s) in a mentoring role to translate their intentions into a prototype. These prototypes will be displayed prominently in the PAVE Global booth at the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo (RICE), in Chicago, IL from June 13-15, 2023.
Additionally, the winning student(s) will also receive an invitation to attend RICE (flight, hotel, and per diem covered) where they will be recognized for their achievement at the PAVE Bash, get to participate in exciting educational sessions, make new professional connections, and see their design brought to life.
DETAILS & RESOURCES
You must be currently enrolled in a 2 or 4-year program at a university, state/community college, or technical school pursuing a degree in retail design, interior design, architecture, industrial design, product design, graphic design, visual merchandising, UX design, marketing or similar areas of study.
You must be studying and physically located in North America (US, Canada, or Mexico).
If you are unsure if you are eligible to participate, please contact us at email@example.com.
Students may participate as an Individual or as a Team of 2.
Projects must be submitted through Submittable by Monday, May 15, 2023, by 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific.
Projects should be submitted as PDFs in 11x17 landscape (horizontal) format plus the DXF or DWG files of design parts with a PDF spec sheet.
PAVE utilizes a blind judging system, the student's name and/or school may not appear anywhere on the deliverables.
REGISTER NOW, SUBMIT LATER
Students must pre-register to gain access to the project submission form.*
Students who register to participate early will receive periodic tips for success, inspiration, deadline reminders, and other helpful messages throughout the competition period.
* Please note: It may take up to 1 full business day to gain access to the project submission form. It is not recommended to wait until the deadline date to register.
Monday, May 15, 2023, by
11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific
HAVE A QUESTION?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RICE STUDENT DESIGN CHALLENGE IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY
ABOUT VERTICAL LEDGE
Just like you, we started in our living room doing the side hustle grind. The limited options of modern, clean, and user-friendly displays was clear. Looking for a solution, Sydney asked Andrey to design and make a simple tiered stand.
It was at the next market when Sydney was asked, "Where did you buy that beautiful stand?" and that's when the real story began...
Vertical Ledge has now expanded their line of display shelves into a beautifully curated bespoke collection. Visit the Vertical Ledge website to learn more.