Winners Announced

March 11, 2021

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Grand Prize: $1,000

+ 6 Mentoring hours with MaCher designers to help you develop your idea further. 


It seems like a new subscription box launches every week. Whether it’s for a new type of shaving kit or laundry detergent—yes, that really exists—we as consumers can’t get our fill of the convenience and clever marketing. Research has also found that much joy can be created in the ‘unboxing’ experience. 

The big challenge here is that subscription boxes risk being wasteful. Our products may still come in plastic and other non-recyclable or non-reusable materials. Single-use items still dominate product design and even packaging. In the biz, we call this Linear design. 

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Linear design can become Circular Design. A completely different way of approaching how products are made and their lifecycle.

Learn more about Circular Design.

We now live in a world where brands and consumers want to be more sustainable, now it’s up to designers like you to develop those solutions. 

This brings us to the Box to the Future Design Competition.

This is your challenge: design the experiential future of the subscription box in the beauty & wellness space. How might an innovative brand, design products and packaging in a forward thinking and sustainable way? 

To showcase your design, you'll create up to 4 images and a written description to explain your reasoning and process.

Step 1

The first step is to brainstorm an imaginary beauty & wellness brand. What is one product they make? Who does the brand appeal to? What need does the brand or product fulfil? What do they offer in their subscription box? If you could start from scratch, how would you design the future of the subscription box in the beauty and wellness space?

Need some ideas for a beauty & wellness brand? Consider these popular items...

Need some more inspiration? Look at existing brands and what opportunities they are using, planning to use, or not using.

Step 2

Next, think about and analyze what type of design would serve that brand and its customers. 

How is the product used, shared, and for how long? How might you implement Circular design thinking throughout the entire brand experience? From the moment a subscription box arrives at a customer’s front door to when the customer visits the brand’s website.

Perhaps the experience is barely about a box at all. How might digital and community based solutions play into what the customer receives? What graphic and branding solutions help to create a positive experience?

Step 3

Once you've decided, create an amazing vision for the future of a subscription box that showcases your talent and the innovative & sustainable opportunity in the brand you've created.

This design competition is
brought to you by DesignClass X MaCher


We partner with brands to help them express who they are by designing thoughtful, responsibly sourced products and meaningful solutions that get them noticed. We’re a certified B Corp, using our business as a force for good.

Award Criteria

Your submission will be rated on the following criteria.

Criteria Scale
Design 0-20
Innovation 0-20
Sustainability 0-20
Materials/Manufacturability 0-15
Cost 0-10

Interested in learning more about how judges evaluated designs? Read the full Award Criteria document.

Grand Prize

All approved submissions will be judged by a Panel of MaCher designers. This panel will determine the Grand Prize Winner.

+Grand prize of $1,000
+ 6 Mentoring hours with MaCher designers to help you develop your idea further and create a professional factory spec drawing.

Designer's Choice Award

All approved submissions will be opened to public voting. This public voting will be live on until March 8, 2021. The submission with the most verified votes will be deemed the Designer's Choice Award winner.

+ 6 Mentoring hours with MaCher designers to help you develop your idea further and create a professional factory spec drawing.

Submission Guidelines 

  • Up to 4 Images of your design, showing any features you wish to highlight. You must submit at least one image, with a maximum of 4.  
  • Written Design Description, fewer than 500 words, in English. 


  • No names or identifying text in the images. 
  • Keep text inside the images to a minimum 
  • Keep images simple. In general, only place one view per image. 
  • Images must be 3000 x 3000 pixels (square)

  • 1 - 4 IMAGES

    Show the most dynamic features of your design and how a customer will experience them.

  • Written Description

    Fewer than 500 words, in English. Will be copy-pasted into the submission form.


Submission deadline: February 15, 2021 (11:59 PM PST)

Voting Opens: February 17, 2021

Voting Closes: March 8, 2021

Winners announced: March 11, 2021


  • All text must be in English
  • No names, logos, or identifying text allowed in the images.
  • Must be an original work, created by the submitter
  • You may work as an individual or in a group or team
  • DesignClass & GoArchitect reserve the right to suspend the competition and refund entry fees.
  • Participants retain rights to their submissions.
  • Participants grant DesignClass & GoArchitect license to publish submissions online and in print.
  • Open to anyone from anywhere


  • When is the registration and submission deadline?

    February 15, 2021 (11:59 PM PST)

  • When is the winner announced?

    March 11, 2021

  • Can I participate as a team?

    Yes, the competition is open to individuals and teams.

  • What is the maximum size of a team?

    No limit on the number of team members. In our experience, large teams do not have an advantage over a driven individual.

  • Can I get a certificate for everyone on my team?

    Yes, after you submit your design please email with all of the team member names.

  • How is a winner of the “grand prize” determined? What if is the process for a tiebreaker, if there is one (for example, in the designer’s choice award)

    The grand prize is determined by a jury of designers from MaCher. Designers choice award is determined through a public voting process. In an unlikely event of a tie, a MaCher designer will determine a winner.

  • When will prize money be paid?

    Within 30 days of the winner announcement.

  • What is the estimated value of the mentorship?

    Value of mentoring with MaCher design and sustainability teams at $340/hour for 6 hours = $2040

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