At PIDA, design students from colleges in France, Germany, Sweden, and the UK 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 for highest level of Innovation, highest level of User-Friendliness, highest level of Sustainability, and the PIDA Gold Award – for the best overall packaging design concept. Beyond that, the jury may also decide to present a special prize or an honorary award.
For 2019 – and for the first time – an all-European winner will be selected among the respective PIDA Gold Award winners. The Grand Finale event will take place at Luxe Pack in Monaco, 30th of September, the world’s leading trade show for creative luxury packaging. A festive award ceremony will be held at the BillerudKorsnäs stand.
Apart from this big final, the regular PIDA events are held locally in each country; 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 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.
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.
“Winning is such a cool feeling. PIDA is a super cool thing to be able to brag about and include in the CV.”
Mirja Dahlgren, winner of PIDA Sweden 2018