Polestar Kicks off 2021 Design Contest, and Progress Is the Theme

After a successful first year, Polestar is launching its second annual design contest focusing on future mobility. Aimed at students and professional designers alike, the contest encourages designs that evidence new ways of thinking that could prompt positive changes in society, especially those addressing the peril of a changing climate.

Last year’s inaugural contest saw 600 applications from all over the world, with entrants submitting their designs as sketches or electronically. Of course, the contest itself is linked to Polestar’s own design philosophy, but entries did not need to be cars at all—one of the winning entries was an air ship of the future, while another was a small prosthetic springboard blade for walking. Another winning entry in 2020 was an autonomous electric pod.

Progress will be the theme this year, with Polestar stressing that this theme should be evident in the submitted designs. And, the sketched product does have to be a Polestar, even though it doesn’t have to be a car.

“The brief is to design a Polestar that would advance societal progression,” the automaker says. “Designs should display new ways of thinking that would encourage positive change in society, including responses to the ongoing climate crisis.”

The prize for winners this year will be a trip to Polestar Headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, or Polestar Chengdu in China to experience Polestar cars up close and to attend the Polestar Design Exhibition. What’s more, the winning designs this year will be brought to life as 1:5 scale models, and will also embark on a tour of Polestar Spaces in different parts of the world. Winners will also receive a tablet and a computer.

“In a landscape of disruptive technologies, evolving lifestyles and fast-growing concern for climate change, design can be the driving force for positive change. We believe our Contest provides a great platform for the design community to visualize progressive mobility ideas of the future,” said Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.

Visit the 2021 contest page to view the contest rules and FAQs, meet the jury panel and view details about last year’s winning entries.

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