Blog 12/8/2011

Project OR Design Competition


Calling ALL Design Students!!! Enter to Compete in the Project OR Design Competition

OVERVIEW is choosing one person to compete in the Project OR design competition taking place during the show at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2012, January 19-22, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Five student designers have already been selected by Outdoor Retailer – and you have a chance to be the 6th and final contestant. This is a HUGE opportunity for you to participate in a fast-paced design challenge, and launch your design career!

Read more about The Malakye Candidate from Project OR Summer 2011 who was the Winner of the People's Choice Award!

Check out this video recap. Want In?

Entry Information right below!


*** Round trip airfare to Salt Lake City, Utah
*** Hotel accommodations
*** $200 Visa gift card for daily expenses
*** And the chance of a lifetime!


To enter, make sure you meet the following requirements and submit all requested information. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
1. You MUST be a JUNIOR level student at an accredited design program.
2. Provide two references of teachers from your design program
3. Provide 3 samples of your work (PDF or JPEG format)
4. Provide a short description of why you're the right person to participate in this design competition
5. Able to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, January 19-22, 2012

Please submit all of the above to

Deadline for entries: Dec 23, 2011

Project OR, produced and recorded live, is a 48-hour concept-to-prototype student design competition meant to inspire outdoor product innovation. Filmed in a reality-competition type format, Project OR begins with an initial Design Brief that challenges the students to create a garment that is original in its design, and has an innovative use of performance and eco-friendly materials, with a practical application for the outdoor market.

Once initial garment drawings are complete, contestants turn their artistic designs into realistic product concepts through sourcing the latest fabrics, zippers and other clothing components provided by participating Outdoor Retailer supplier exhibitors. After the sourcing stage, contestants spend the remainder of the 48-hour deadline at their work stations (equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, pressing equipment and tools) building their final prototypes.

Project OR's panel of judges, comprised of Outdoor Retailer-selected designers and industry trend-setters, review each contestant's final prototype and presentation on the last day of the show, to determine the Project OR Summer 2011 winner. The winning student receives an all-expense-paid trip to Outdoor Retailer Winter Market '12 and a half page profile in Textile Insight.

Show attendees are encouraged to follow the students' progress in a designated area on the show floor and via streaming video on the OR Web site. Attendees can submit their vote via a ballot box by the contestant work stations for a second design award - the Project OR People's Choice Award.