With tour dates in ten different cities around the world this year—NYC, SF, LA, London, Berlin, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, Seoul and Tokyo—the tournament's pitting of digital designers against each other in design categories of 2D, 3D and Motion Design in live onstage competitions is bigger than ever. Call to entries were open to the public, but are narrowed down to 16 final competitors chosen on their performance ability and portfolio strength. Each city tournament will consist of eight designers competing in 2D, four in 3D, and four in the Motion Design categories. Additionally, there will even be a category open to the public with "Audience Design Contests" that will allow non-competitors to create impromptu designs while feeling the pressure of the big stage.
Each city's finalists from each design category will ultimately be pitted against other city finalists to compete for the Global Championship taking place in NYC in February 2011. At this final showdown, the global finalists will compete for a global prize that's currently still in the works, but should be pretty major.
Competitions are judged and curated by design specialists in each city such as Emily Baltz of Core 77, Eric Haze of Intherhaze and Dan Schwarz of Heyhush judging the NYC show, and Brian Chu of the 3rd Ward and Maxon curating it .
Each show is expected to be around three-hours long and—if previous years are any indication—is sure to provide an evening of creative suspense and fun. Check out Cut and Paste's site for more information on the NY show including tickets which sell for $15 online, and $20 at the door. Doors for the show open at 5pm with a speaker series, continuing on to the design tournament from 8-10:30pm. The night winds up with a celeberatory after party at Gallery Bar nearby in the Lower East Side.