Congratulations to the 2021 Video Competition Winners:

  • 1st Place: Building Tiny During COVID-19: Colorado State University: Nina Struble, Maria Delgado. Faculty Advisor: Maria Delgado. See video here.
  • 2nd Place: The Pandemic & Interior Design: Algonquin College: Kerrington Johnston and Morgan Ott. Faculty Advisors: Pallavi Swaranjali & Natalia Fancy See video here.
  • 2nd Place: Resilience in Interior Design: [Re]think [Re]invent [Re]connect: Kansas State University: Alyssa O’Neal, Mikayla Adkins, Rachel Aranda, Katie Cunningham. Faculty Advisor: Migette Kaup. See video here.

The 2022 Theme

Aristotle is famously quoted to have said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This is ‎the very premise of systems thinking. Systems thinking is the process of understanding how ‎things, often regarded as systems, influence one another within a whole. Specific to interior ‎design, systems thinking is essential to create the ultimate user experience. System thinking ‎allows designers to better understand and predict how individuals may experience a built ‎environment. Designers must use information and evidence from a variety of fields of study to ‎gain an understanding and design holistic and thoughtful environments. The 2022 IDEC Video ‎Competition seeks videos that explore the ways that interior designers use this idea of ‘systems ‎thinking’ to design. Video submissions might address questions such as: How can designers ‎work across multiple systems to create more holistic interiors? How can systems thinking be ‎utilized as a student to improve your understanding of your projects? How is systems thinking ‎utilized in industry? How does interior design education prepare designers for approaching ‎systems thinking? What sources of evidence can best inform systems thinking within Interior ‎Design? Successful videos will appeal to both designers and a general audience of non-‎designers. ‎

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Video Requirements

  • The video must be between 1-3 minutes in length. Be efficient and succinct! Videos from past years – including 2020 winners – can be viewed here.
  • No copyright or infringing content (audio or video) can be included. You can learn more about these issues in quirky, informative online videos such as this one. Any citations should be included on the final screen of the video.
  • Original and creative approaches to the video are encouraged. This could include original imagery, interviews, testimonials, demonstrations, case studies, or non-traditional ideas including copyright-permissible music. The video should be entertaining and positive with a message that advocates our profession.
  • Successful submissions in the past have utilized original imagery and video content
  • Videos will be judged on 5-point scales using the following rubric:
    1. Video relates well to the topic
    2. Video show imagination, creativity, and inspiration
    3. Video has a clear and compelling message
    4. Video is of a professional quality

Who may participate?

  • ‎Interior design students engaged in a higher education program of study in interior design ‎with a minimum of 40 semester / 60 quarter hours in interior design coursework leading to ‎a degree, certificate or diploma. ‎
  • Students may work individually or in a team.‎
  • Projects must be supervised by a faculty advisor. Students will be required to list a faculty ‎advisor for their project on the Online Submission Form. ‎
  • Students may team with interior design educators and/or interior design practitioners to ‎complete videos.‎
  • NEW: A total of up to six projects will be accepted from each program. This may include ‎three projects from undergraduate and three projects from a graduate interior design ‎program. ‎

Submission Requirements

All submissions materials are due by Friday, May 27, 2022. There are several steps required for submissions:

  1. Upload Your Video to YouTube
  2. Complete the Online Submission Form

Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals from across interior design professional organizations. The finalists will be announced online in July 2022. Cash prizes to be announced. You may contact Michelle Pearson (‎ or Zina Alaswad ( for questions. ‎

We look forward to seeing your submissions!