If you would like to make your mark on the face of a new automotive brand, consider joining a worldwide group of designers competing to design the principal graphics for a new Chinese clean energy automotive brand, HYCAN.

From 8 August to 10 September 2019, individual designers, design companies and organizations can enter this unique creative challenge.

HYCAN – A new energy automotive brand with a difference

HYCAN is the new GAC-NIO brand, a joint-venture between automaker GAC (Guangzhou Automotive Corporation) and start-up NIO.

Supported by the resources of GAC and NIO, HYCAN does not aim to be a traditional manufacturer, but rather a user-oriented company deeply integrating vehicles and the Internet, focusing on R&D, design, sales and after-sales of a brand new line of electric vehicles.

‘HYCAN+’ Design Challenge – An unusual creative project

The name ‘HYCAN’ stands for ‘Here You CAN’ and the Chinese characters 合创 represent ‘co-creation’, underscoring the open, collaborative nature of the enterprise.

In this spirit, HYCAN is launching its Design Challenge to create a distinctive graphic presence for a familiar SUV typology. HYCAN wants to co-create the next HYCAN car with outstanding designers, and the chosen design will be accepted and applied to the products in the near future.

HYCAN SUV sketch

The 1st place cash prize – 80,000 RMB!

The challenge is open to designers, artists, and design organizations, and there is a short, 30-day design process after which submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Then a shortlist of entries will be shown to the public, who will have the opportunity to vote for the winning design.

The winner will receive a substantial cash prize of 80,000 RMB (approx. $11,354) and a commission on production vehicles sold. The second-place prize is 30,000 RMB (approx. US$4,258), and third-place prize is 10,000 RMB (approx. $1,419). Seven runners up will receive cash prizes of 3000 RMB ($426.00).

For more information on the competition, including a detailed brief, design requirements, timeline, supporting materials, and how to submit your work, go to this link:

Submissions are due September 10, 2019.

HYCAN hopes to co-create an amazing car with your design talent!