NEoN Launches

International digital arts festival, NEoN, has launched a design competition focusing upon this year’s curatorial theme, ‘character’. 

This year’s judging panel features designer duo Tado, Scott Downie from Hungry Boy, Fraser MacLean who has previously worked with both Warner Brothers and Disney studios, together with Sooper double D designer and part of the NEoN organising group, Lyall Bruce. The critically acclaimed and influential members of the judging panel are hopeful for a high standard of entries which will showcase both amateur and professional talented creatives.

“We are looking for highly creative and original designs focusing around the concept of ‘character’. The competition will give any aspiring artists the opportunity to circulate their work both in print and online, reaching a wide ranging audience. Winning the competition will be a fantastic boost to any professional or amateur artists’ portfolio and we are all really excited to receive the entries,” said Lyall Bruce.

NEoN invites entries from any individuals who are passionate about design, whether industry professionals or casual doodlers. There are three different categories tailored to suit each group of individuals; ‘Industry Guru’, ‘The Layperson’, and ‘For the Kids’ (under 16’s) and all entries will be uploaded and available for viewing in the NEoN online gallery.

The prize for the winning design is 100 pounds, a pair of NEoN conference tickets, and the chance to see their design on a t-shirt produced by Teetonic, the online t-shirt design competition site. 

The partnership with Teetonic provides the competition entrants with further exposure as their entries will appear on the website, with visitors of the Teetonic website able and encouraged to vote for the best design. In addition to the exposure, the winning designers will receive a t-shirt featuring their design, and commission on every t-shirt sold.

The winning designer will also benefit from the exposure of their design on NEoN printed marketing material, of which the winning individual will be able to keep 2% for their own portfolio use.

The deadline for design competition entries is October 8, 5pm and the winner will be announced by October 15, 2010.

Visit the NEoN website for further information. Full terms and conditions can be found on the online entry form, along with information regarding the submission of designs.



Helen Reid

Revolver PR


Donna Holford-Lovell



Notes to editors:

North East Of North (NEoN) is an international digital arts festival featuring moving image, performance, music and technology driven arts. The over arching curatorial theme for 2010 is Character: evaluating the abstracted or physical agent in a work of art; investigation of the fictional or psychological systems; observation of the unit of information, symbol, sound or written language. Through this focused dimension NEoN intends to explore the notion of collaboration between visual art, information communication, media production and gaming that will expand digital development and knowledge. (

NEoN was created by Interactive Tayside (

Interactive Tayside is a partnership between public, private and academic sectors to develop and promote Tayside's digital media industry.

NEoN is sponsored by: Angus & Dundee City Council, Event Scotland, National Lottery Awards for All, The Japan Foundation, Creative City Challenge, Scottish Enterprise & the North Sea Screen Partnership

Partners include: Interactive Tayside, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (DCA), Dundee City Council, The University of Abertay, Dundee College, Hungry Boy, Realtime Worlds, Revolver PR, Red Pepper Events & Insight Innovations

The International App Conference & AppJam ( are part-funded by the Interreg 'Creative City Challenge' project (

Created by Dundee College and supported by industry partners. The AppCon has been created by Dundee College and is supported by partners including: Cobra Mobile, Denki, Digital Goldfish, Dynamo Games, Electric Tophat,, One Thumb Mobile, Realtime Worlds, Revolver PR, Sooper Double D, Tag Games, Waracle & YoYo Games.

Contact: Helen Reid
Phone: 0845 130 8992