It has been a few years since the first design competition that I staged here at Bicycle Design. The “Commuter Bike for the Masses” competition at the end of 2008 took quite a bit of time to organize and administer, but it was a lot of fun to see, and discuss, the many creative entries from readers of this blog. If you missed that competition a few years ago, see these older posts about the 6 finalists, and the overall winner. You can also check several posts with the tag “commuter bike design competition” to see many of the other competition entries that we received.
Now that time has passed and I have started to forget the difficult parts of staging a juried competition, my thoughts have turned to running another one here at Bicycle Design. This time though, I would like for the design target to be a bit more focused than it was last time. I have a few ideas, but before I divulge those, I want to pose the question to all of you who read this blog regularly. What do you think would make a good topic for the next design competition here? Leave a comment, and tell me what specific product category or area within the cycling industry you think needs to be addressed from a design standpoint. I am open to suggestions, so now is your chance to shape the direction of the next competition.
At this point, I am just beginning to kick the idea around. Once I decide on a good topic though, I will assemble another jury of talented designers and figure out another great prize for the winner. I am looking forward to the 2012 competition already, so share your ideas now.