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Q: Can I apply to compete in a city that I don't live in?

A: You sure can. As long as you can attend the Test Rounds held in the city you want to compete in, you can compete in any city you like.

Q: Are we allowed to compete in more than one city?

A: Clever. That would definitely up your chances of getting to the Global Championship! Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Q: What should I do if I don't have a website or portfolio? Can I still enter?

A: Yes you can still enter, but we'll need to see some of your work. Check out any of the free portfolio sites out there or simply upload some photos to a Flickr gallery. No need for anything flashy, the work should speak for itself.

Q:  I'm insanely talented in all areas of design - can I compete in more than one competition format?

A:  Sorry, your ambition's impressive (your skills are too), but... no dice.

Q:  Does Cut&Paste provide equipment for competitors?

A:  For 2D and 3D, yes we do. In fact, for those formats, there are some strict rules about using what you're given. Motion, on the other hand, is a different story. Based on format testing and because the motion design competition is so long in duration (8 hours!), we ask that competitors bring in their own workstations so that they can work on machines that are familiar and preconfigured to their preferences. Cut&Paste will provide a display for motion designers and their equipment. Additionally, they may bring their own peripherals and displays if they choose to.

Q:  What happens if there's a software crash during competition?

A:  Everyone freaks out! Just kidding. When a competitor gets hit with technical difficulties, we allow the other competitors in the round to continue while we fix the problem. Those competitors will work until the original scheduled stop time. Once the problem is fixed, the delayed competitor will receive additional time to finish equal to the delay. This way, if there are multiple problems in one round, they are all delayed and fixed together and we can prevent growing full beards before finishing the night!

Q:  If I win in my city but can't make it to the Global Championship, what happens?

A:  No matter what, you'll get all the goods in your grand prize package. But in the sad event that you can't make it out to New York for the championship, the opportunity to compete will go to the runner-up. This might be a good time to exercise the power of positive thinking and clear your calendar for that weekend.

Q:  How much does it cost to attend? What does a ticket include?

A:  Tickets are uncomplicated and include cost of attendance for the entirety of the event. Ticket prices for events in North America have been set at $15 online, $20 at the door. Non-US cities will be comparably priced in their respective currencies. Note that tickets purchased online must be picked up at the event venue, and tickets purchased at the door are cash-only.

Q:  I only want to see one of the competitions. Can I pay less to attend just one?

A:  Nope. The tickets are what they are, and they include every round of every competition from open to close. You can leave early, arrive late, or come and go as you please, but the price remains the same.

Q:  When do tickets go on sale?

A:  Tickets will go on sale on or before August 1st, 2010. Please check your city event page for updates. Also sign up for our mailing list if you would like to receive updates.

Q:  Do I have to order my tickets online?

A:  No, but we recommend it if you like having a few extra bucks in your wallet. Tickets will be sold at the door in all cities—note that they’ll be cash-only and that tournament events have sold out in the past.

Q:  What if I forget to print out my ticket?

A:  No worries. Cut&Paste is effecting a will-call ticketing policy this year, so all you really need to do is show up with a form of identification and the credit card you used to purchase your ticket(s) online.

Q:  Can I return my ticket(s) or exchange them for a different city competition?

A:  Sorry, but no. All sales are final.

Q:  Will there be an afterparty?

A:  Probably! We like to party, and we know you all do too, so most cities will have a little somethin’ somethin’ going down after the event. This is the kind of info we post separately for each city, so check your local event page for details.

Q:  What does volunteering at a Cut&Paste event involve?

A:  It could be any number of things, from coordinating the Audience Design Contests and providing support at Show&Tells to setting up equipment and keeping the peace at the door. Or you might be juggling a few different tasks throughout the day.

Q:  How much time do I have to commit if I volunteer?

A:  Three-hour blocks of time are preferred. If you can only volunteer for a shorter period, we may be able to accommodate - feel free to ask us if we’ll have something for you to do.

Q:  Do I get compensated for volunteering?

A:  Unfortunately, no. On the upside, you do get to attend for free.

Q:  Can I get school credit for volunteering?

A:  Unfortunately, no.

Q:  How can I sponsor Cut&Paste?

A:  Talk to us. Send us an email at to let us know of your interest.

Q:  The Digital Design Tournament rocks my world, but what else does C&P do?

A:  At the moment, we do have our hands full with the tournament, but we do indeed do some other things too. In the past year, we've been hosting online design competitions (like the 55DSL Logo Remix), producing special events (like a Design Slam at Autodesk University), and getting veteran Cut&Paste competitors to perform live at other creative events (like the Webby awards). We’d be lying if we said there weren’t a few other things in the works, and we’re always excited to explore new directions, so there is definitely more to come. Keep us on your radar!

Q:  Is Cut&Paste hiring? Say yes.

A:  Yes. Shoot us an email with your info, background, and all that good stuff:

Q:  Will Cut&Paste ever come to my city? How can we get you guys to do an event over here?

A:  Tell us more about what you're thinking, we'd love to hear from you! Email your ideas to

Q:  I'd like to cover a Cut&Paste event - how do I go about it?

A:  Get in touch with and we'll get you set up.