What we are seeking
Design that leverages the material properties and characteristics of plastic containers
New and innovative use cases story of plastic containers
Must be consumer-centric, and a market moving proposal
Prospective applicants should be either:
- Professionals in the creative field, such as product designer, art director, and artists.
- Students aspiring to become designers and artists.
*Must be able to communicate in either Japanese or English.
*Individuals and groups submissions are welcome. No restrictions in age, gender, or nationality.
*Must be original work which is not already published.
*Multiple submissions per individual or group are welcome.
- Grand Prize 1 Spot¥2,000,000
- Achievement Awards 2 Spots¥500,000
- Honorable Mentions 20 Spots¥100,000
*The winning designs may be prototyped and exhibited in trade shows.
*We reserve the right to withhold any award spots if no submission qualifies.
- Keita Suzuki (Product Designer / PRODUCT DESIGN CENTER INC. CEO)
- Yota Kakuda (Product Designer / Director YOTA KAKUDA DESIGN)
- Keiko Hirano (Visioner / Designer / Executive Director of Communication Design Laboratory)
- Kuniaki Hiromatsu (Director of Nissei ASB Machine Co., Ltd.)
innovative design and
understanding and utilization
of the characteristics and
properties of plastic
products in your design.
value proposition to consumers,
and the potential of
moving the market.
contribution to solving social
issues in Japan and
around the world.
the apt delivery of above
4 criteria in clear and
Application will be open from August 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018.
*Nominees will be notified by email or phone after late November.
*Winners will be officially announced at the award ceremony on December 21st.
*Orientation for the contest and a factory tour will be held. Details will be notified to those who pre-register.
1-page presentation, A3 size (Landscape, One-sided)
*Formatting and structure are not restricted; however, the title, concept description, and use cases (photographs, computer graphic, illustration etc.) must be included.
*Submit in PDF Format (Up to 5MB)
How to submit your work
1. Please pre-register using the form on our website.
2. Submit your work using the submission form, and include the presentation and the ID number given at pre-registration.
Regarding the application
*The work you submit must be original and unpublished anywhere.
*In the case where a winning submission is revealed to be same or bearing obvious resemblance to existing designs, found to be infringes on the intellectual property of a third party, we reserve the right to revoke the award, even after the official announcement.
*In the event of an intellectual property dispute with a third party, the participant is solely responsible for any fees and damages incurring from the dispute. The participant must in good faith prevent any such dispute involving the contest office, and must compensate any fees or damages born by the contest office such disputes.
*Your name may be published when we announce the winning designs.
Regarding rights to your work
*You hold all intellectual property rights of your work in all jurisdictions.
*You are solely responsible for measures to protect of your intellectual rights.
*For the purpose of prototyping and exhibition of winning designs, Nissei ASB Machine Co., Ltd. may enter negotiations to obtain the rights to your work. The prize money will be considered payment for the transfer of rights in this case.
*Parts of the design may be altered for prototyping and exhibition. You agree not to exercise moral rights.
*We hold all right to publish, exhibits, and exhibit the submitted designs in web, print, and show, for the purpose of promotion.
Organized and Administered by
Nissei ASB Machine Co., Ltd. has been a leading company in the plastic bottle molding industry with various “industry’s first” achievements since its establishment in 1978. ASB is a pioneer for one-step molding machines for plastic containers with various shapes and materials, and contributes to expanding the possibility of plastic products all over the world.
Plastic Design & Story Award 2018 Office
*Will respond to your inquiries within three business days.