How to submit a great entry
- Images - in Web standard .jpg format (96 dpi and 1 MB max);
- Image #1 should be your “glamour shot” with a white background (for optimal web viewing).
- For other images, show people using or interacting with your design in its intended environment. Use detail shots, exploded views, before vs. after, etc.
- Keep it anonymous -- don’t include the designers’ faces!
- Except for your glamour shot, don’t hide the less-attractive parts of your design, such as power cords, etc. Judges want an accurate representation.
- These images are only used for judging. Winners will confirm which images will be used for publication. o Videos – See below for the IDEA Video Article to read why you should submit a video.
- Tell the design story – use storyboards or design comics in PDF format as an alternative to images in order to make it easier for judges to understand how it meets the award criteria.
- Don’t make unsubstantiated claims -- Avoid using marketing hyperbole; judges will see right through it. If it’s not obvious and can’t be supported with data, don’t write about it.
- Backup your claims with testing and research. Jurors take this seriously. o Proofread for anonymity. It’s a common mistake and leads to instant disqualification.
- Don’t wait until the last minute! The online system will turn off promptly once the late deadline passes at 11:59 PM PT on August 28, 2010. Don’t let server slow-down or technical difficulties prevent you from entering on time. Plan ahead!
Q: Will our company's financial information be shared publicly following the jury process?
A: IDSA has the right to publicly share all information on the application unless specially requested otherwise. You can make this determination prior to submitting the application form.