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Online Guide

Online Guide



When Schools and universities are closed, what to do?

A guide for online teaching and students working at home.

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Most schools and universities across Europe cannot operate regularly due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Pro Carton wants to help the situation by offering a guide for the Pro Carton Young Designers Award to help students work from home. Please share this information amongst the students.


1) Read the competition rules

Firsts things first. There are some crucial points in here, for example, that your design must be made mainly of cartonboard – this means that designs made from brown fluted corrugated board can’t be accepted.


2) Research former entries/finalists/winners

We have been holding the PCYDA since 2004 and we introduced the public voting in 2016, so you can find a lot of inspiration on the award pages in our archive, including useful jury comments in the winners/finalists sections. You can also find interviews with the finalists and winners about their design ideas on our YouTube channel.


3) Dive into the world of sustainable packaging

Pro Carton’s members are the biggest companies in Europe in manufacturing and converting cartonboard. They also publish some great media items, like Inspire magazine, the Renewable Future Podcast, Unfolded magazine or the Board magazine. We also offer a big selection of publications about sustainability, consumer behaviour and the benefits of cartonboard packaging, have a look!


4) Start working on your idea

Pick up a piece of cartonboard and start working on your first prototype! You can even start with a piece of paper or with cartonboard boxes from your groceries at home. It’s really as simple as that. Maybe your teacher can set up an online group to exchange ideas and discuss issues or even better, arrange Skype group calls to discuss and share your designs. Luckily we live in a digitalised world which offers many possibilities!


5) Ask questions

We are happy to answer any of your questions via email, so don’t hesitate to get in touch! There’s also lots of information on our Social Media channels, so keep an eye on them as well. Also, our new Facebook group makes the exchange of ideas and sharing questions easier.


6) The judging

The jury will take these unusual circumstances into account when judging the entries. For example, whilst high-quality graphics look good they are not necessary. It will, however, be even more important to clearly communicate your idea and present your project in the best possible way, using both words and pictures.


We hope these steps will help to keep you on track for the #pcyda21 – the final deadline is May 21, 2021.

However, we are still very excited about your creative skills and can’t wait to see your ideas. Maybe working from home will spark the winning idea!


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