Make Your Mark - 2D Design

On the theme of City Spirit, design any item, product or jewel that interprets, represents and celebrates the spirit of a city. 

We are delighted to be partnering again with The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office for the 2023/24 Competition with their Make Your Mark design challenge. 

This year, on the theme of ‘City Spirit’, entrants are invited to design jewellery, smallwork or silverware. Broad and engaging interpretations of this are encouraged and welcomed, such as folklore, fashion, festivals, communities, culture, diversity, food, history and architecture to name but a few areas of interest. Designers can choose any city (globally) but must embrace their concept visually through their design presentation.

Also important, designs must incorporate a display, or bespoke placement of the London Assay Office hallmark that is complimentary to the design and thoughtfully positioned. This is an opportunity to choose the placement of the hallmark components, and to consider the hallmark in harmony with your design.

Further information and examples of display marks can be found here:

Design requirements...

Your design needs to embrace the following: 

  • Include scaled drawing with measurements and materials used in compliance with current legislation for UK Hallmarking. 

  • Mixed metal/other material proposals must contain the legal minimum amount of precious metal. 

  • Provide a description relating to your inspiration, concept and development.

  • Consideration for the size, location, and configuration of the hallmark and its component marks. 

An unmissable opportunity

Subject to their approval, The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in liaison with the wining designer, will explore the potential of taking the winning design into manufacture with the prospect of exhibition and promotional opportunities.

Tips

Key points of consideration are:

  • Originality and aesthetic appeal;

  • The highest standards of visual communication and presentation are required to communicate your design accurately;

  • A successful design includes functionality;

  • A celebration of the London Hallmark;

  • An understanding of the various components of a Hallmark.

Isabella Kelley - Celebration Whiskey & Olive Set - Gold Award & The MYM Award - 2020/21
Isabella Kelley - Celebration Whiskey & Olive Set

Gold Award & The MYM Award - 2020/21

Guidance & Entry Form Requirements

Entries must comply with the 2D design and submission guidelines: 

  • Good standards of visual communication and presentation will be highly regarded;

  • Description of your design, the concept and material specifications (gemstones, metals etc) must be provided on the design board.

  • Outline method/s of manufacture where relevant. 

  • Entrants are requested to declare on the entry form if they have had their design rendered by a CAD technician or a digital artist.

Techniques & Technology used: It is important that you explain the techniques you have used to make your piece i.e. gouache, CAD, Illustrator, watercolours, Procreate etc. (Max 50 words)

Presentation

  • Designs are to be presented on one side only and mounted on card, foam board or equivalent backing board. 
  • Paper only entries are not acceptable. 
  • For all entries: x1 design board per entry.

Maximum dimensions for Make Your Mark

x1 A3 (297 x 420 mm) or A1 (594 x 841 mm)

Anonymity

  • Do not put your name or identity/logos on the front of the design to ensure anonymity;
  • Please ensure your name is on the reverse of your design board;
  • Entries that don’t conform to the above requirements may be disqualified.

The Hallmark is regarded as the oldest form of consumer protection, but it can also be used creatively both as a marketing feature and a striking design element. Not only does it provide provenance, but it can also be used as a mechanism to commemorate special occasions i.e. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, events and highlight heritage. So here is your opportunity to make your own mark and positive contribution to design and hallmarking by competing for this special, attractive and unique award.    

This wonderful opportunity is inviting designers to celebrate the London Hallmark by designing a contemporary item, jewel or product in precious metals.

The Hallmark is regarded as the oldest form of consumer protection, but it can also be used creatively both as a marketing feature and a striking design element. Not only does it provide provenance, but it can also be used as a mechanism to commemorate special occasions i.e. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, events and highlight heritage. So here is your opportunity to make your own mark and positive contribution to design and hallmarking by competing for this special, attractive and unique award.    

This wonderful opportunity is inviting designers to celebrate the London Hallmark by designing a contemporary item, jewel or product in precious metals.

15 Jan 2024

Deadline for all entry forms (midnight)

18 - 20 Jan 2024

Entry submission days @ the Goldsmiths' Centre, Farringdon. 

04 Mar 2024

Awards Ceremony @ The Goldsmiths' Hall

5 - 8 Mar 2024

Awards Exhibition @ The Goldsmiths' Hall

 

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