Design brief

The 2019 brief:

IxDA and Microsoft are working together to craft this year’s Charette brief. Check back here at the end of October for more information. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the brief is live.

How we work

The aim of The Student Design Charette is to bring new talent into the world of Interaction Design. It is a perpetual work in progress that shifts with the evolving needs of our community. For 2019, we are looking for applicants to demonstrate their unique talent and articulate a point of view regarding the role of interaction design in driving the Education agenda in their submission.

The Charette itself is a 72-hour long workshop. Finalists will be assigned into teams to work on a specific brief. Mentors will be on hand throughout the event to provide guidance. You will have the opportunity to present your work in front of 1500 future colleagues.


  • 22 October – Submissions Open
  • 26 November – Submissions Deadline
  • 10 December – Finalists announced
  • 5-8 February – Finalists at Interaction 19
  • 8 February – Winner Announced


The Student Design Charette embraces a broad definition of what it means to be a student. You may be in an undergraduate or graduate student in a degree program. You may be pursuing a private or online course. Or you may be part of an internship program in a studio or company. Or you might be a practitioner looking to transfer skills from a related field.

What we want out of participants is a hunger to expand your interaction design skill set and a willingness to collaborate and learn with others.

Only individual applications are considered.


This year’s submission requirements include two elements, a video and portfolio. They can be submitted through the Submittable platform, once the brief is published.


A video, 4 minutes or less in length, should be submitted. We encourage a custom video for Student Design Charette submissions, although elements from any previous work can be reused. The judges look for interaction design ability and how applicants communicate their thinking on the theme, rather than examining any design work done to create solutions around the theme. Team projects are welcome, but we asked applicants to let us know their role on the team.

The video must include:


We ask for examples of creative craft and ability to make an impact in the world through design. We weraree looking for personality and perspective, and what you are passionate about!

A PDF or web link should show projects demonstrating:

Becoming a finalist

Our panel of judges will review each entry and select the most promising submissions. Finalists will receive a scholarship to attend Interaction 19 in Seattle, including:


Sponsors, Microsoft Design

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