The idea of sealing things was an incredible development for human technology. Over the years, there have been all kinds of new-tech closures, from buttons and Mason Jars, to zippers and zip-closure bags. As we blogged before, the team at Clip-n-Seal has developed a cool new closure system to add to the designer arsenal. We thought they might make a good candidate for a bonfire. A sort of Tag-Team bonfire, if you will. Plus, this is a bigger fish to fry, so we're giving you until January 15th to work out something amazing. Sound cool? Then Go for it!
Without further ado, we proudly present Bonfire #3: Clip-n-Seal it!
In our interview today they talked about how the product has been used in a number of surprising ways. Clip-n-Seal is also featured in the current issue of Inventables DesignAid, but not everyone has the resources to subscribe to that publication (us included). So we got together with Clip-n-Seal and we’re offering samples of the clip technology at a major discount to see what awesome new concepts you can dream up for its use.
Besides the Clip-n-seal folks, we'd like to thank the guys at Basecamp. Basecamp is a web-based, blog-like tool that lets you manage projects (or simply ideas) and quickly create client/project extranets. It lets you and your clients (or just your own internal team) keep your conversations, ideas, schedules, to-do lists, and more in a password-protected central location.
Design a new product using the Clip-n-Seal in an interesting, unusual or thought-proving way. We know it can close all sorts of bags, but try to think beyond that –Footwear? Purses? Outdoor equipment? Maybe even toys or medical devices; you tell us!
Winners will recieve the mother of all Clip-n-Seal assortments - take a look below for details.
Clip-n-Seals are currently available in a variety of sizes, but they can be run at practically any length or diameter, so don't constrain yourself to the existing sizes. However, please utilize the existing rod and clamp design – we're looking for new ways to use for a Clip-n-Seal, not a transformation of the product.
Complete size information, previous uses, photographs and illustrations are available in our Clip-Seal asset pack(.zip - 308kb).
The Clip-n-Seal has a mechanical action that, while really simple, might not be obvious by looking at pictures of it. We think holding a Clip-n-Seal in your hands will help inspire you and contest entrants are eligible to receive one set of sample Clip-n-Seals at cost. The sample pack contains:
1 Large, 1 Medium, 1 Small and 1 Mini
Entrants are eligible to receive this sample pack at a substantial discount (seriously, like pocket change here) plus shipping. Obviously, you don't have to buy a sample pack to enter your awesome idea, but it's a pretty sweet deal if you're interested.
To get the sample pack we'll need you to provide some proof that you are a designer who intends to participate in this contest (we can't have everyone ordering these). Please email Clip-n-seal with a scanned image of your business card or a link to your firm's website. If you are a student and do not have either of these items, feel free to email us and convince us that you aren't just looking to get some Clip-n-Seals on the cheap: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your solution may take the form of a computer model, computer/marker rendering, drawing, or physical prototype, but all submissions must be made in the form of E-Mailed 1024x768 Jpeg images. You may send up to three images to convey your design, and presentation will also be taken into account in the judging, so compose your submission as nicely as possible. Remember that images will probably be scaled down for online display, so don't put too much small text in the images, it will work better in the written description. If the item can be used, try to show it being used. Please also include a written description of your concept and it's use. Limit your description to 300 words or less.
Please Pre-Register by sending your name, and state or country to idfuel(at)gmail.com with questions or comments.
Entries should also be sent to idfuel(at)gmail.com.
-Judging and Prizes-
Entrants must register by Saturday, January 8, 2005. All entries must be received by Saturday, January 15, 2005. January might seem like a long ways off, but with the craziness that the holidays bring the time will fly by! And don't forget, it will take some time for the samples to reach you.
The IDFuel and Clip-n-Seal Teams will judge all entries based on form, fun, function, presentation, and originality.
First Prize - The Clip-n-Seal Uber-Collection: Large 10 pack, Medium 10 Pack, Small 10 Pack, Skinny Mini 10 Pack
Second Prize - The Clip-n-Seal Anthology: Two (2) variety 3-Packs: 2 Large, 2 Medium, 2 Small, Three (3) Skinny Minis
Runner(s) Up - The Clip-n-Seal Sampler: One (1) variety 3-Pack: 1 Large, 1 Medium, 1 Small, One (1) Skinny Mini
Winning entries, as well as honorable mentions will be published on IDFuel and will be publicized in as many ways as we can pull off.
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Hi-Res / Lo-Res
Although initial entries are submitted online at 1024 x 768 (72 dpi), finalists and winners will be required to provide high-resolution artwork (300 dpi) – if you really can't swing it, no sweat, we can work something.
All submissions must your own work, and must be original for this competition, or significant modification to your own previous work.
Intellectual property rights will remain with the designer, although IDFuel and Clip-n-Seal retain the nonexclusive right to publish or display any competition entry in any format, exhibition or publication (like posters, or online magazines, or whatever).
Clip-n-Seal may or may not choose to engage you about marketing your idea. By reviewing your concept, no agreement to compensate is being entered into by Clip-n-Seal or IDFuel. Clip-n-Seal will not market your idea without your consent and agreement.
This competition is open to all designers, students and enthusiasts worldwide. Obviously, the IDFuel team might enter, but they can't win.
Please contact idfuel(at)gmail.com with questions or comments.
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