At PIDA, design students from colleges in France, Germany and Sweden compete with their packaging design projects. Participation in PIDA is part of the curriculum of their educational programmes. PIDA gives students an opportunity to get to know cartonboard properly. Get acquainted with the material, see its possibilities and limitations. For most students, cartonboard will play a significant part in their professional lives. It’s a material they will have to know inside-out.
The competing design projects are judged by conceptualization, innovativeness, visual impact, function, user-friendliness, and environmental aspects. Prizes are awarded in four categories: for highest level of Innovation, highest level of Shelf Impact, highest level of User-Friendliness, and Winner All Categories. There can be an additional honorary award, too, if necessary.
PIDA has become a recognised and respected hub for new ideas, impulses and inspiration. BillerudKorsnäs arranges PIDA in order to knit the packaging community tighter together, to charge it with young talent and energy and to take responsibility for driving the development of packaging design.
The PIDA events are held in Paris, Stuttgart and Stockholm; and feature very ambitious seminars, keynotes and panel discussions. At the events, professionals of the trade meet and mingle. Converters, printers, brand owners, designers, bloggers and journalists gather to watch the prize ceremony, meet the design students and join the seminars.
PIDA first started as part of the Swedish Design Year 2005. Over the years, interest has grown. For every year, more people want to get involved. More design schools want to participate. PIDA has become a more important part of the educational programmes. More industry professionals show up at the events, want to deliver keynotes or be on the jury. The coverage in trade press and other media gets bigger all the time.
“PIDA contributes to the training of future professionals, essentially those working in the use of cartonboard. Students get an opportunity to meet reality, to cope with technical constraints. Schools always need strong links with the industrial and professional world.”