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Online Guide

Online Guide

If your school or university still is affected by the Covid-19 crisis, we hope this guide for the Pro Carton Young Designers Award helps to work from home. Please share this information amongst the students.


1) Read the competition rules

Firsts things first. There are some crucial points in there, 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. Read the rules here.


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/Zoom group calls to discuss and share your designs. Luckily we live in a digitalised world that 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.


We hope these steps will help to keep you on track for the #pcyda22 – the deadline is 22 May 2022.


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