The label for winners


Design competition 2021/2022

Are you the winner of this years’ competition? Every year BlueDot organizes a design competition for all students of the TU Delft. This year the theme of the competition is: Wabi-Sabi!

Hungry for a challenge? Join the competition by submitting your design before 18th of February 2022 and win 500 euros!


Interested in organising this event next year?  Click here

This year’s competition is made possible by our main sponsor SOLIDWORKS.

About the competition


For the design competition BlueDot will host two helpful and fun workshops to get inspiration for your design. You can participate for free. More information about the workshops will be provided after sign up.

Important dates

  • 18th of February Deadline for handing in your design
  • 10th of March Award ceremony during IDE Business Fair


Entries will be judged by a professional jury whom are currently working in the design field outside of the faculty. They will take the following criteria into account:

  •      Fit to theme: Wabi-sabi
  •      Story behind your design
  •      Originality of your design
  •      Aesthetics of your design
  •      Manufacturability of the design


During the IDE Business Fair the winners will be announced and there will be an award ceremony.

  •      1st prize: €500,-
  •      2nd prize: €250,-
  •      3rd prize: €100,-
  •      Public prize: TBA

For the winners there is a chance of further development and perhaps even manufacturing of your design.


About the theme

BlueDot’s yearly design competition will be held again. All
students are able to join the competition and win prizes! This
year’s theme is wabi-sabi.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese worldview: ‘wabi’ expresses the beauty of
simplicity and functionality, while ‘sabi’ displays the effect that
time has on a substance or any object. Together, wabi and sabi
express simplicity and the truest form of an object, and embrace
the idea of aesthetic appreciation of aging, flaws, and the beauty
of the effects of time.
We challenge you to link the philosophy of wabi-sabi to your
daily life. The pandemic made us realize that nothing is permanent, so enjoy the simple things in the present! What are those
new, joyful rituals that you have adopted? How do you find
beauty in the simplicity of objects or the aging of natural things?
How does a product add value to itself over time? Design an
everyday object, in appreciation of transient beauty in nature.
We are looking for an original product with an inspiring story
behind it. When designing, keep the BlueDot values in mind. The
typical BlueDot products are modern yet low tech, sustainable
and ambitious: perfect for an upcoming student label.
Tip: Take a look at BlueDot’s instagram (@stichtingbluedot) to
learn more about the seven aesthetic principles of Wabi-Sabi!

Your submission

Once you have come up with a great design, make sure that your entry can be considered as complete. We would like to have all imagery and accompanying text to be presented on a poster, preferably on a foam board of A2 size. This poster will contain a mandatory description of 100-300 words in length as well as a structural design drawing or sketch, showing the construction of the design. You are also required to hand in a physical model or a CAD model. Please be aware that it is not possible to make a model at TU Delft due to Covid-19.

Hand in all materials before the 18th of February at our office or email!

  • C-2-350, Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft

Latest updates

Wednesday during the lunch break (12:45 – 13:45), Frank Steeghs from ACE will meet our Design Competition participants via Zoom and is there to help them with their concepts! ACE is a consultancy and engineering firm, active in the segments: product development, automotive, industrial automation, hightech systems en construction technology.

A few weeks ago @mmidgroup came to the faculty of IDE to give a workshop about rapid prototyping to the students that applied to the design competition. By building towers out of spaghetti, various aspects of prototyping were highlighted. We really enjoyed it! We would like to thank MMID a lot for this interesting and fun workshop!

Do you have some spare time during this Christmas break? Want to have extra money to treat yourself during these though corona times? Sign up for the Design Competition and you may win €1000!

The BlueDot Design Competition is back! This year’s theme is ‘Rewind’ and the prizes are bigger than ever! Interested to improve your skills, expand your portfolio and to win 1000 euros?