BIO 22

The Biennial of Industrial Design (known by its Slovene acronym as BIO) is a comparative international design exhibition at which designers, commissioners, manufacturers and students from all over the world present their latest achievements.

The works presented in the BIO exhibition are carefully selected and critically evaluated. The BIO Secretariat, which is the organizer of the Biennial, issues a call for submissions for the exhibition, and the Selection Committee, specially appointed for each Biennial by the BIO Secretariat, chooses the works that will be exhibited. The exhibited products, concepts, and works in product graphics and information design are examined and evaluated by an international jury, who then select the best of these works and present them with awards.

Conditions for Participation

Eligibleapplicants are designers, commissioners, manufacturers, mentors, and students who are involved in the creation of the submitted work, as well as BIO’s partner organizations, provided they have the consent of the author of the project to submit the work.

To be eligible for submission, works must not have been in production, or in the case of design concepts, must not have been conceived, before 1 January 2008.

Works may be submitted in any of the following three groups:

  • Products
  • Product graphics and information design
  • Concepts


Designed products and services that were created as the result of a production process. This group includes products from the entire fi eld of industrial design and also the design of architectural elements and groups, packaging, services design, and works that were made outside of serial production.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • quality of the whole solution,
  • functionality,
  • innovation,
  • durability,
  • relevance,
  • cost-effectiveness,
  • aesthetic harmony.

Priority will be given to works that deal with:

  • sustainable development and concern for the environment (reduction of energy consumption, waste reduction),
  • anthropometrics,
  • ergonomics,
  • the judicious use of materials,
  • meeting the needs of different user groups.

Works entered in Group A. Products must be in regular production or manufactured in a zero series.

Product Graphics and Information Design

Product graphics on products or packaging and information design. Information design encompasses complex comprehensive graphic identities comprising at least fi ve different elements, as well as the broad area of designed information, such as informational, labelling, and directional systems, pictograms, cartographic products, event reconstructions, form sheets, visual presentations of statistical data, instruction manuals, etc·

Evaluation Criteria:

  • quality of the whole solution,
  • functionality,
  • comprehensibility,
  • use potential (for comprehensive graphic identities),
  • aesthetic harmony.

Priority will be given to works that:

  • are intended to meet the needs of different user groups,
  • present a particularly effective design for information,
  • are able to translate complex groups of data into a simple, clear, and transparent visual language.

Works entered in Group B. Product Graphics and Information Design must have already been realized.


This group includes design concepts for products and services such as are described under Group A, concepts for product graphics and information design such as are described under Group B, and student works that have been created as part of a study process.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • originality,
  • innovation,
  • relevance,
  • the potential for realizing or developing the idea into a product,
  • manner of presenting the concept.

Priority will be given to concepts that fi t the priority criteria described for Groups A and B.

Works entered in Group C. Concepts must be made as prototypes or three-dimensional models.

Entry Procedure

Entries for BIO 22 will be accepted between 1 February and 12 April 2010.

Entries may be submitted either via the BIO website or by post:

  1. Via the website: Works may be entered and the entry fee paid on the website This entry method is simple, fast and reliable.
  2. By post: The BIO entry form, available at, must be completed electronically. Entry forms completed by hand will not be accepted. A CD with the entry documentation as well as proof of payment of the entry fee (e.g. voucher, postal order, etc.) must be enclosed with the entry form when sent by post. Entries without the entry fee paid in full will not be valid.

Onlyone work may be submitted per entry form except when submitting a series of items, in which case this must be clearly stated in the entry form.

The BIO Secretariat must receive all completed entry documentation as well as the entry fee payment by the deadline for entries. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

The Organizer of the Biennial reserves the right to reassign to the appropriate group any work submitted under the wrong group and to remove any work that does not meet the conditions for participation.

Required Documentation for Entries

  1. The completed entry form.
  2. Three digital photographs with a resolution suitable for catalogue publication (JPG format, with the longer side measuring at least 23 cm, resolution 300 dpi at 1:1 size).
  3. A presentation text (of no more than 500 characters) in either Slovene or English. The text should describe the characteristic features and unique aspects of the work as well as its advantages in comparison with other products of a similar nature.
  4. The curriculum vitae of the designer(s) emphasizing previous work and achievements in the design field.

Entry Fee

The entryfee for an individual work in groups A and B is €80. The entry fee for group C is €20. Applicants who have received previous BIO awards and students who are submitting student works are entitled to a 50 percent discount on the entry fee.

The entry fee may be paid in either of the following ways:

  1. Via the website: Upon payment, applicants will receive a confi rmation notice by e-mail and an offi cial invoice by post. Online payment is fast, secure, and reliable.
  2. Through bank transfer: When paying through a bank transfer, payment order, etc., the following information must be included:

For payments from within Slovenia:

Recipient: Arhitekturni muzej Ljubljana
Pot na Fužine 2
SI-1000 Ljubljana
TR: 01261-6030377384

For payments from outside Slovenia:

Recipient: Architecture Museum of Ljubljana
Pot na Fužine 2
SI-1000 Ljubljana
IBAN code: SI5601261-6030377384

Those eligible for the discount (previous BIO award recipients and students) who are paying their entry fee through bank transfer should include the word “discount” on the “purpose of payment” line on the payment order.

The BIO Secretariat is not obliged to return entry fees to applicants whose works are not selected or who have submitted incomplete entry documentation. The entry fee is non-commercial and is intended to cover the administrative costs involved in handling the entry applications.

Selection of BIO 22 Exhibits

Exhibits are chosen by the Selection Committee, which is composed of distinguished experts from various areas of design. The members of the Selection Committee will be announced on the website.

The Selection Committee will meet in Ljubljana on 13-14 May 2010. The committee will consider all entries that have been correctly completed and have arrived at the BIO Secretariat by the stated deadline.

Applicants will be notifi ed by post about the selection and about the necessary procedures for exhibiting in the Biennial.

The selection results are fi nal and may not be disputed. The selection of works for the BIO 22 exhibition is entrusted fully to the Selection Committee. The Organizer of the Biennial is not obliged to provide any explanation about the decisions of the Selection Committee.


An international jury selects the award-winning works from among those that are exhibited. The members of the jury will be announced on the Biennial website. A representative from the Selection Committee will also take part in the work of the jury and will explain the criteria used in selecting the works in the exhibition.

The jury will convene in Ljubljana on 4-5 October 2010. The international jury has the right to exclude from the exhibition any work that does not correspond to the entry materials that served as the basis for the Selection Committee’s decision to include the work in the exhibition.


  • BIO Gold Medals
  • BIO Quality Concept Awards
  • BIO Honourable Mentions
  • Award for a Student Work


The BIO 22 catalogue accompanying the exhibition will contain information about the design works, the designers, the commissioners, and manufacturers. The catalogue will be published in Slovene and English. The price of the BIO 22 catalogue will be €20.

Applicants are entitled to a 50 percent discount on the price of the catalogue. Award-winners will receive a free copy of the catalogue.

The catalogue will also include an advertising section. The rates for advertising in the catalogue are as follows: full-page (1/1) – €1,000; half-page ½ – €600. VAT is included in all prices.

Delivery of Design Works

The method of delivering the design works is left up to the exhibitors, but the works must arrive at the address of the BIO Secretariat between 6 and 10 September 2010. For works sent from countries outside the European Union we recommend using an ATA carnet.

The transport costs in both directions, as well as packaging and transport insurance, are to be covered by the exhibitor. Any special exhibition expenses (e.g. internal transport for heavier exhibits) will be charged to the exhibitor separately. Exhibitors must inform the Organizer of any special installation requests by 1 September 2010.

Items that, in the Organizer’s opinion, cannot be exhibited because of their size or for any other reason, may be presented in a different manner, but the jury is not obliged to consider them in its evaluation.

By applying for the Biennial, applicants commit themselves to deliver the entered product, prototype or three-dimensional model by 10 September 2010. Should they fail to do this, they are obliged to pay the costs of a half-page advertisement, as the inclusion of their work in the catalogue will be regarded as an advertisement.

The Return of Design Works

Exhibitors may pick up their works after the end of the exhibition, between 10 and 14 November 2010. Any works remaining on the exhibition site after the pick-up period is over will become the property of the Organizer

The Organization of the Exhibition

The Organizer of the Biennial is the BIO Secretariat, which operates as part of the Architecture Museum of Ljubljana.

All essential aspects of the exhibition, with the exception of the judging of awards, are decided by the Organizing Committee, which is composed of representatives from the Municipality of Ljubljana, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, and the Architecture Museum of Ljubljana. The BIO Secretariat receives expert assistance from the BIO Advisory Board, which is composed of distinguished representatives from the design profession.

The exhibition is funded by the Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Ljubljana, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, as well as other sponsors.

BIO is a member of Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA) and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID); BIO is also an active participant in the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA).

Time and Location of the Exhibition

7 October-7 November 2010
The Architecture Museum of Ljubljana, Fužine Castle
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Period for Entry Submissions

1 February – 12 April 2010.


Architecture Museum of Ljubljana
BIO Secretariat
Pot na Fužine 2
SI-1000 Ljubljana

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