Any events held at your school provide an opportunity for students to learn about a special area of design called "Event Design." Event design means more than decorating the gym for the high school prom, although that's a good place to start.
Students can gain inspiration and knowledge about event design by looking at examples from professional event designers. Of course, you won't have the big budgets they have but most school event designs (like most things in life) suffer more from a lack of imagination than money.
The Gala Awards competition (left) is for professional event designers and can provide inspiration for teaching students about event design.
The Gala Awards competition is the oldest and most prestigious in special events. This year's competition drew nearly 400 entries in 35 categories from Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Germany, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States. The Gala Awards have been given by Special Events Magazine, the premier industry publication, since 1986, when the awards honored the "top 10 events of 1985." They recognize the finest work in special events worldwide.
To give you some idea of the scope of event design, some of the award categories include:
BEST DINING TABLE DESIGN
BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT
BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
BEST MULTIPLE-DAY EVENT
BEST EVENT STAGED IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
BEST FLORAL DESIGN
BEST TENT INSTALLATION
BEST USE OF LIGHTING
BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION
MOST OUTSTANDING SPECTACLE (above right)
BEST EVENT FOR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL
BEST EVENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN
BEST THEATRICAL ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION
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