Young Bird Plan 2018 Guanish Product Design International Competition Announced!

2018-11-27 ~ 2019-02-14
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Product design

Competition introduction

With the reform of business ecology and Internet infrastructure, anti-experience becomes the beginning of innovation. Only when the person breaks away with traditional thoughts, can he or she witness the growth of new value. Nowadays, users’ attributes like affection demand, cultural identification, individual expression and social characteristics have been dramatically changed. Accordingly, their spiritual consumption has been completely upgraded, which inevitably contributes to the transformation of product logic.

——XSPECIES by Sheng Wu

In recent years, countless brands have upgraded their products, and made products more attractive to young consumers, especially those top luxury brands. In this August, Burberry, the traditional luxury brand in UK, adopted bold letters as its logo instead of the original knight image and published its new logo graph. Besides, in late 2016, Burberry invited young idol Kris Wu as its brand endorser. Undoubtedly, the world is continuously re-constructed and everything deserves to be redone in the era of consumption update. Ranging from urban renovation to living necessities, it is your value that makes you successful, and it is the person who is dependent on you determines the trend.

Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Chanel promote a series of products in succession to attract young people. The reform covers online and offline promotion from mass media, products concepts to brand endorsers and products features.

Just as the poet says, with wind it steals in night, mute, it wets everything. So when re-construction permeates through our daily life, it is always in a gentle way which can’t be rejected. We may come to a new stage of happy life if we change original living norms. So do tea.

Tea, a leaf grown in deep forests and remote mountains is always the spiritual drink of scholars through thousands of years’ accumulation. However, it can’t be accepted by 80s and 90s young generations in China. Under the promotion of cultural rejuvenation and consumption update, tea market is changing its traditional sales mode to a more diversified, modern and younger sales mode. As a result, it is reported that young people pay more attention to tea and tea-drinking lifestyle than before and tea becomes the best substitution of coffee and soft drinks.

Xiao Guan Tea Brand Image Version 1

Xiao Guan Tea, a high-end Chinese tea brand covering all tea categories takes its responsibilities to explore a happy lifestyle and improve people’s living standards. It begins its business from scratch and becomes a legend in the industry within only two years. Apart from its high quality, Xiao Guan Tea makes every effort to promote the importance of innovation and make Chinese tea younger and more fashionable.

Food Grade Aluminum Jar

Since the emergence of tea bags, the western changed their way to drink tea, which hastened the birth of Lipton, a world-level tea brand. Based on that, Xiao Guan Tea expects to change Chinese people’s experience of original leaf tea by beautifying tea package.

After three years’ exploration and over 10 package materials’ trials, food grade aluminum jar was selected as the package of Xiao Guan Tea. The aluminum jar is both safe and environmental, which can be recycled. Meanwhile, one jar for one cup of tea is really convenient for the young, and the jar becomes one of the most innovative attempts in tea package industry.

Modern Tea Set

To simplify the way Chinese people drink tea, innovative tea set shall be also provided. The fashion and modern tea set designed by Xiao Guan Tea makes tea drinking easier and more convenient. It also combines the function of covered bowl and Kowloon cup while integrates the style of western modern tea set. Accordingly, the tea set brings a new experience to people who drink tea.

Xiao GuanCha Brand Image Version 2

Xiao Guan Tea located itself as world Chinese tea, which aims to make Chinese tea more well-known to the whole world by reconstructing traditional tea culture and tea industry. Standardized products make the consumption process more efficient and simplified. Besides, the fashionable package design attracts more young people. Xiao Guan Tea develops its products based on users’ experience while taking all details in the process of tea drinking into account. As a result, the Chinese tea culture and its traditional industry frame are combined and rebuilt by Xiao Guan Tea.

This time, Xiao Guan Tea, along with international competition platform Young Bird Plan, launches “Guanish”product design international competition. It calls for younger and creative minds to design a new series of tea drinking products which may create new style for young generation to drink tea.

Current condition of millennial generation

Millennial generation is defined as the generation born between 1980 and 1996, while Generation Z between 1997 and 2010. The general editor of Kantar China Insights says millennials and generation Z may respectively correspond to 80s and 90s group in China. However, it’s interesting to find that the gap between above two generations becomes more and more blurred in pace with your deeper exploration. And it is even widely recognized that the two generations have combined into one strong group with great power which will reshape the consumption culture in the global market.

Xiao Guan Tea VS Traditional Tea

It is undoubted that how to win millennials and generation Z becomes the key point in the commercial world. Let’s wait and see how will the Guanlish Product Design Competition catch the eyes of new generation.

Whole design schemes for Xiao Guan Tea shall include:

🌱 Colorful tea jar (it shall be fashionable, cool and attractive to young people);

🌱 Colorful tea set;

🌱 Package jar for the tea; package for the tea set; package for the whole suit;

Package materials are not limited, but environmental protection and sustainability shall be considered.

🌿 Deep understanding of tea culture demands in modern era, which shall be presented in your design work. (analysis graph is ok);

🌿 Your design shall deconstruct the image and people’s cognition of traditional tea culture in anindividual way, while maintain key elements in traditional tea culture;

🌿 Your design shall be fashionable and can stimulate interest in tea and tea culture of the young;

🌿Your design shall be economic, practicable and aesthetic. Besides, your design shall be easy to be realized and manufactured in low cost and large scale;

🌿 Environmental protection will be a plus;

A scheme shall be presented in two or three A2 sheets in a clear, vertical way and in readable format (with a 10mm page margin) and include following parts:

-Descriptive text within 300 words (except notes);

-Registration No. shall be put in the upper right corner of the sheets, in Arial 20pt font;

-Elevation, isometric drawing (rendering), detail drawing, model image or exploded drawing;

A maximum of three A2 sheets in JPG format (no larger than 20MB for each) can be submitted;

A scheme title shall be named; the scheme shall be saved in the “registration No. – scheme title – sheet No.1/No.2/No.3” format;

A scheme shall be submitted in bilingual (for Chinese-speaking entrants) or English (for English-speaking entrants);

A scheme must not include ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION (Name, Organization, School, etc.) that may give away your identity;

Please do not compress your files.

The cover must be submitted online which should be a rendering of your design work; it must be uploaded in the size of 1024×768 pixels,72 dpi, less than 500 KB.

(Please conform to the above Entry Requirements; any entry that fails to follow these items may be disqualified.)


Deadline: 23:59, 14 February 2019 (GMT+8)


🌱 This competition is open to professional designers and students of all ages with industry-specific background or design enthusiasts across the world;

🌱 Each group (three members at most) shall submit only one entry;

🌱 Each participant has to register on our website; for any question, please visit our website.

2018.11.27 Call for entries

2019.02.07 Registration deadline

2019.02.14 Submission deadline

2019.02.26 Release of shortlisted winners

2019.03.12 Release of Top 30 & Public Voting (account for 20% on Top 10 selecting)

2019.03.20 Release of Top 10

TBD Ceremony of Top 3 & Champion

The timeline is just for your reference not the final version.

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🌱You can directly contact the competition team by add YoungBirdPlan as one of your Wechat friends. We remain at your service here for any further questions you may have.

Xiao Guan Tea

Xiao Guan Tea, a high-end Chinese tea brand with various categories, is born under the trend of Chinese cultural renaissance and consumption upgrading. To solve the most basic problems of tea purchase, drinking and delivery, Xiao Guan Tea cooperates with eight tea masters and persists in making eight different teas with natural raw materials and traditional crafts. Meanwhile, Xiao Guan Tea invites Japanese designer Hideo Kambara and Apple Store designer Tim Kobe to bring a brand new experience of drinking traditional Chinese tea in an international perspective.

Young Bird Plan

Young Bird Plan, founded in 2013, is an international platform forhigh-quality design competitions. With three key elements: construction,mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, the platform makes every effortto create opportunities for young designers in China. On the one hand, it iscommitted to providing young designers with more practical opportunities withthe concept of “Competition makes a different world” . On the other hand, itconstantly connects and meets various demands from political, business, andacademic circles and actively fills supply and demand gaps among designers,manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. As a result, designcompetition projects and related products focusing on urban space and dailylife will be further promoted and perfectly made, which contributes to theurbanization in China. It is one of the most influential design competitionplatforms in the world.

In accordance withapplicable laws and regulations, by participating in this competition, eachEntrant irrevocably agrees to abide by the below statements about thecopyrights for all submissions.

1. Statement of Originality

All submissions must be original, and each Entrant shall ensure thathis/her entry does not infringe any third party’s rights, including patents,copyrights, trademarks, and so on. Otherwise, the Entrant will be disqualifiedfrom the competition, and the organizer will withdraw all the sponsorship moneyand materials and reserve the right to investigate and affix legal liability ofinfringement. All damages and losses arising therefrom shall be borne by the Entrant; and all the direct and indirect damages (including but not limited toattorney fees, legal fees, costs of preservation, appraisal costs,notarial fees, and so on) suffered by the organizer shall be compensated by theEntrant.

2. Statement of Consent

By submitting an entry, each Entrant agrees to publicly display theworks, and accepts the on-line selection process. And before uploading asubmission, each Entrant must confirm that he/she has read and fullyunderstands all of the clauses, and accepts them. The judging panel reservesthe right to make a final decision on entry assessment andaward list.

The detailed Official Rules of this competition will be published onthe Young Bird Plan website soon. Please read them carefully.


First Prize

1 winner; 60,000 RMB (pre-tax); black-edition tea; 2.0 version tea set


2 winners; 20,000 RMB each (pre-tax); golden-edition tea; travel mug with tea leaf filter

Top 10

7 winners; silver-edition tea; if the winner do not graduate from school, he or she will be offered an opportunity to practise or work in headquarter of Xiao Guan Tea Group.

Top 30

20 winners; Top 30 honor of certificate


Finalist certificate

All winners (include shortlists) will be awarded YOUNG BIRDS Magazine of 5th anniversary edition; winning schemes will be published on media platforms of Young Bird Plan and its magazines.