Stage 1

Community Edition Hardware Design - Brief

Take a look at the brief below before submitting. Invalid entries will not go forward for voting and judging.

Nothing uses transparency to reveal what’s happening on the inside of our everyday devices. By doing this we get to celebrate all the tones, textures, colours and materials that lie beneath the surface. Technology at its rawest and most beautiful. 

This is where your thinking should begin. 

Consider all of the visible components on Phone (2a): the NFC coil, body, buttons, rear cover, and let your imagination take you somewhere else. By experimenting specifically with the colour, materials and finishes of those components, what else could the back of the phone look like? 

All we want to see at this stage is a vision. Our Design Team will then collaborate with the winner to develop the winning concept into a feasible product. Things might change along the way but that’s all part of the fun.

So ask yourself, is there a story to tell? Is there an unexpressed aspect of the Nothing DNA we have yet to reveal? Is it surprising? Does it solve a problem? 

The Nothing Community will also be judging the concepts with us, focusing on the overall strength of your idea. You can submit your concept in any form: a video, sketch, render, inspirational images, anything. We’re looking for something that will stand on its own. 

This is your opportunity to design the ultimate version of Phone (2a). 

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. 

Please pay close attention to the additional information below before you submit your design.

The submission deadline is 16 April. Valid entries will then go forward to a period of community voting. Votes will be a key deciding factor for our internal panel who will determine the overall winner. The panel will include Adam Bates, Nothing’s Design Director and other members of the Design Team. Once the winner is announced on 23 April, the team will be in touch to begin the collaboration and production process. 


  • You cannot make any adjustments to the physical geometry of Phone (2a).
  • The winning submission will go through a feasibility assessment for production and is therefore subject to change.
  • Timescales are limited so to meet production deadlines and to collaborate with our team; you must be available in some capacity between April and early May 2024.
  • Nothing reserves the right to choose any design submitted and will take Nothing Community votes and production feasibility into consideration.
  • Designs featuring third-party intellectual property, offensive words, symbols or ideas, or personal information, are strictly prohibited and will not be considered for voting or judging.
  • Only one (1) submission per member
  • Full T&C’s linked here.

Key Dates:

  • Submissions Open: 26 March 2024
  • Submissions Close: 16 April 2024
  • Voting Opens: 18 April 2024
  • Voting Closes: 22 April 2024
  • First stage winner announced: 23 April 2024

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  • What do I get if I win?

    Winners will engage directly with the Nothing Team to collaborate and build on their winning submission. This collaboration may occur via video calls or in some cases, the winner may be offered an expenses paid visit to the relevant teams at their respective work location.

    All winners will be invited for a trip to London later in the year for an event to officially launch Phone (2a) Community Edition. Winners will of course also win the final product itself.

  • Yes, this is an essential aspect to entry and winner selection. If you win but are unable to commit to this, we may select an alternative winner.

  • No. This project is not designed to generate revenue but as an exploration of co-creation between Nothing and our community.

  • No. You are free to make submissions via any supported file types, including images, videos and text. The most important part of your submission is the idea.

  • Yes. We will celebrate the winners online throughout the campaign and on the product itself. We may even have your work showcased by a design publication.

  • Winners are chosen by internal panels at Nothing. Panels are made up of experts in the respective design discipline at each stage. Panels will be paying attention to the idea, the story and the overall design - they will also consider the community voting as an indication of a submission's popularity.

  • Yes! This is a project of collaboration after all.

  • No. Under the Terms & Conditions, participants assign rights to designs to Nothing. The reason for such assignment is that designs are closely tied to Nothing’s products and Nothing requires full rights to manufacture and distribute the winning Community Edition phones. Participants will be credited and retain a licence to display their design work. 

  • The stages are opened one after another, to ensure that the wallpaper, packaging and marketing campaign are each informed by the hardware design. There should be a cohesive look and feel across each of these aspects in the final product.

  • Yes!

  • No, we're looking for quality over quantity. Accounts will be limited to one submission each.

  • The competition is open to individuals over the age of eighteen (18). Due to legal restrictions, we are unable to accept submissions from countries/regions subject to sanctions or from individuals on export control or sanction lists. Please see our Terms & Conditions.