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CODE and Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi are calling ideas for "A new image for Pinocchio"

Italy Architecture News - Mar 30, 2018 - 04:17   5161 views

CODE and Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi are calling ideas for

CODE – COmpetitions for Designers and Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi have launched a competition titled “A new image for Pinocchio”, a graphic design competition aiming to re-shape the most famous puppet in the world. 

Besides the realization of the new official logo for the Foundation, the contest is going to award € 10,000 in cash prizes. The winners will be selected by an internationally- renowned jury featuring Seymour Chwast, Art Spiegelman, Silvano Campeggi and Jean Jullien.

CODE and Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi are calling ideas for

Competition brief

Smiling face, wooden nose and a pointed hat. They are a few traits, yet they manage to evoke the image of the most renowned puppet in the world. Without any doubt, Pinocchio, the wooden marionette destined to become a “real boy” is one of the fictional characters that has been mostly influencing culture and international imaginary over the last two centuries.

The wooden marionette Pinocchio has been represented in vintage sketches, Disney’s classics and various visual representations. For sure, he is one of the most popular and represented characters of the literary international heritage.

There are many and extraordinary “Pinocchios” which have been drawn by the hand of artists over the centuries. However, one of them can boast an official status primacy. This is the representation adopted by the Foundation Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi. It is the Italian Institute aiming at guarding and nurturing in the world the beauty of a story, which has been fascinating adults and children of all generations.

CODE and Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi are calling ideas for

Red jacked, white soft bread hat, short and green trousers and a long pointed nose: this is the interpretation by Attilio Mussino. For more than 50 years, Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi has been using it. This representation is consistent with the version proposed by Enrico Mazzanti. He was the illustrator of the first volume edition of Pinocchio in 1883. Such image hasn’t changed over the years, despite time has passed and trends and visual languages have evolved.

Today’s children are not yesterday’s children. For this reason, in conjunction with the project “Collodi Capitale Eueopea dell’Infanzia (Collodi European Childhood Capital), the Foundation Carlo Collodi is pleased to present to the world “A New Image for Pinocchio”. This is a momentous competition aimed at creating a new visual interpretation of the magical puppet, redefining the official logo of the Foundation that represents the wooden marionette.

Thanks to this competition, graphic designers and creative talents will have the unique opportunity to create what will be the official image of Pinocchio-actual world heritage- over the next years. By doing so, they will enter into the dreams and imagination of millions of children. They will update this character according to young generations’ sensitivity while conserving the unique traits, which have always made him one of the most beloved and popular characters of all times.

CODE and Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi are calling ideas for


Seymour Chwast,
Art Spiegelman
Silvano CampeggiJean Jullien
Ale GiorginiMonica Nannini (AIAP)Pier Francesco Bernacchi (Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi)


1 st Prize: 5.000 € + Official logo

2nd Prize: 2.000 €

3 rd Prize: 1.000 €

4 Gold Mentions: 500 € each

10 Honorable Mentions

30 Finalists


March 26, 2018 – “Early bird” registrations - start

April 22, 2018 (h 23.59 GMT) - “Early bird” registrations - end

April 23, 2018 - “Standard” registrations - start

May 20, 2018 (h 23.59 GMT) - “Standard” registrations - end

May 21, 2018 - “Late” registrations - start

June 17, 2018 (h 23.59 GMT) - “Late” registrations – end

June 20, 2018 (h 12.00 - midday - GMT) – Material’s submission deadline

All drawings, photos and detailed competition brief can be downloaded from CODE's competition website

All images courtesy of CODE

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