Cut & Paste

“What we’re asking you to do is fairly ridiculous,” says Cut&Paste founder John Fiorelli to a room of contestants. What he and the rest of the Cut&Paste crew is asking, exactly, is for this group of designers to battle each other in a high-energy, tournament-style competition in one of three categories: 2D, 3D, and Motion Design.

In each of the 16 cities on the C&P tour, 16 designers are chosen from hundreds of applicants. During their heat, each contestant is given a design challenge they must meet in 15 minutes (2D), 20 minutes (3D) or 8 hours (Motion Design). Past challenges have included redesigning the Olympic rings, creating an album cover and making a funny cereal box, which drew the submission “Butt Food” (“Butt Food” did not win).

Since its February kick off in LA, the C&P 2009 Digital Design Tournament has hit the ground running. Now that the North American tour is over, the C&P team is heading to Europe for competitions in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Barcelona and Milan, followed by a final month in Asia and Australia. The winners from each of city will gather again in June to compete in the Global Championship for prizes like a WacomCintiq 21UX, Apple workstations, and, of course, bragging rights.

Watch the competitions live from their website,