On Thursday, August 4th, 2011, Roots of Development launched Designs for Development, a graphic design competition that will benefit projects in Haiti. Participants can submit up to two tote bag designs for a chance to win up to $2,000.
Entrants will choose between the Public or Students categories. These two categories will be judged by a panel selected by Roots of Development. Semi-finalists will automatically be entered into the Pep La competition. “Pep La” is Haitian Creole for “The People.” Members of the public will vote online for the top two prizes in the Pep La category. The first place award in each of the three categories is $1,000 and $500 for second place designs. The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 4th.
Winners of the awards will be announced on October 31st at an event hosted at the Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. The panel of judges includes Ben Olsen, Head Coach of DC United, Philippa Hughes, Founder of The Pink Line Project, Joe Ireland of J.D. Ireland Architecture & Design, Brian Bergeron of the Museum of Modern Art and a representative of Whole Foods. All funds for the awards have been provided by Rice Restaurant in Washington D.C. and no funds have been diverted from Roots of Development’s projects in Haiti.