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ABOUT AWARDS

This is our 20th year of the IDI Irish Design Awards They exist to recognise, celebrate and promote exemplary design vision in Ireland.

The IDI Irish Design Awards are a key event in the Irish Design Calendar. They recognise outstanding achievement across the design spectrum in Ireland, uncover emerging talent and focus a spotlight on the importance of Irish design in the national and global context.
To achieve an award or a commendation is a recognition of an international standard as judged by other leading design professionals. The Best of Irish Design.

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HOW TO APPLY

prepare

Before you enter your work check our rules, categories and judging criteria.
You can prepare your answers to what was the challenge (the brief) and opportunities and how the design was resolved (response to brief).
Broadly speaking, all entries will be judged on your description of the challenge and opportunity the project presented and how it was resolved by looking at among other issues…..Originality, Creativity, Competence and Great Execution. Make sure all parts of your submission follow the guidelines located at the bottom of each category listing.

register

Go to AWARDFORCE and Register yourself as an Awards Entrant.

This will allow you to enter the IDI Irish Design Awards, if you are already an IDI member. If NOT Join IDI first!

Registering the award does not make you a member.

FAQ's

join IDI

If you are not a member, just JOIN IDI – To be able to take part in IDI Awards you need to be a member of the IDI Institute of Designers in Ireland.

If you are NOT sure please just Contact IDI ( info@idi-design.ie) If you have an exemption from IDI membership, you MUST indicate how.

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FEES

EARLY BIRD *
INITIAL ENTRY

€80

* EARLY BIRD ends 22nd of September

EARLY BIRD *
ADDITIONAL ENTRY

€70

FULL PRICE
INITIAL ENTRY

€95

FULL PRICE EACH
ADDITIONAL ENTRY

€80

 

  1. You’ll have to be a current IDI Member* to enter. A Full Member or graduated from 2017, 2016, 2015 and any-time prior to that (*except in some limited cases – where some Non-Members by prior agreement can enter). You may need to check with IDI.
  2. No entries will be accepted from ineligible non-members, any design students or any 2018 graduated designers.
  3. All entries must be made via the IDI online entry system; Awardforce
  4. The work must be original, yours and must have been completed – launched, published, manufactured, constructed, certified, developed or printed – between 01 Aug 2017 and 01 Sep 2018.
  5. The Judges will be looking for, among other issues…Quality, Creativity, Originality, Execution and Presentation. The quality of design concept e.g. originality of concept: The creative idea – creativity of the designer’s solution. The quality of execution in the design. – How well resolved was the idea both technically and aesthetically.

Please also address and note all other ‘Category Specific’ criteria and guidance related to that category too.

All entries will be judged on the images supplied, your description of the challenge and opportunity of the project presented and how it was resolved in the design.

  1. See The Rules and FAQ and any category specific guidelines for more detailed information

Please read these notes carefully – They apply to you too!

1. This is strictly an IDI Members’ competition, it’s for Full and Graduate IDI paid-up members ONLY. (With a few key exceptions and invited entrants/other invited members organisations only under special conditions!)

2. If you are NOT an IDI member in 2018 – please contact IDI asap or before entering.

If a non-member enters, there is no refund.
It’s really NOT too late to Join IDI!! – You can JOIN IDI NOW or Renew your Membership.

3. This is NOT for Undergraduates!! and NOT for Designers graduating in 2018 or who graduated in 2018

4. To enter, you MUST be an IDI member and must have graduated in 2017, 2016 or in any previous year.

5. All competition entries must be via AWARDFORCE the IDI online entry system only – Entrants need to register an account on The Awardforce website. Once your account is acknowledged you will be able to enter as many entries as you like as long as

(i) you pay for them and

(ii) they fit the category criteria and the rules.

6.  These awards are for IDI members only, so make sure the person who registers for the awards is an IDI member.

7. The fees are as published. All entries must be paid for in advance of judging at the time of SUBMITTING via Paypal or CC.

8. Unpaid design entries will NOT be judged and we will NOT issue refunds for non-members, who try to enter.

9. Work must have been completed between 01 August 2017 and 01 Sep 2018. This means it must have been launched, published, manufactured, constructed, developed or printed within that time-frame.

10. No conceptual work will be accepted. Completed projects only!

11. Work created for previous IDI awards cannot be entered again. This includes work where alterations have been made.

12. The IDI jury has the right to query if an entry is eligible for these awards. The IDI and Judges reserve the right to withdraw a category and refund the entries where judges feel there is not sufficient competition.

13. The judges’ decision is final. They reserve the right to not award in any category should they feel the work does not match the judging criteria or meet an exceptional standard.

14. No correspondence will be entered into regarding entries.

15. A project may be entered once in its appropriate category and also in any or all ‘free to enter’ categories as long as the entry fee is paid.

15. The published Closing Date for IDI Awards 2018 entries is final.

FAQ

Who is this competition for - is it just IDI Members?

This is The IDI Awards. This competition is ONLY for IDI members (and other invited members organisations only under special conditions!)
Please check with the IDI office on your membership status before submitting. If you are not an IDI member and/or have not paid for 2018 IDI membership, your work will not be submitted for judging. Are you up to date with your membership?

If I am a student or I have just graduated in 2018 can I enter these awards?

No. Please do NOT. Entries will NOT be accepted from design students or 2018 design graduates and non-members of IDI.
• Monies paid will NOT be refunded, if you do try to enter.
• Entries will NOT be judged by the jury

How many entries can I make

You may enter as many design projects as you wish!
You may enter the same design project in multiple categories, if it is relevant and it is eligible.
N.B. You can enter a piece of work into as many categories as you like, as long as it matches the criteria.

Copy it. The Online entry system comes with a ‘copy’ facility so that you don’t need to write out all your details again if you are entering the exact same details into more than one category.

Can I edit my entry?

Yes, you may edit and at any-time up to you pressing SUBMIT.
Once you have registered an Awards account, you can log into your account at any-time to make edits up until the final closing date. You may edit it over a few weeks if that suits you!
Spend two-three weeks refining your entries until you finally press SUBMIT. But, you must SUBMIT your entry, otherwise, it can’t be in the competition. When you are happy with your entry, just press SUBMIT. Please don’t forget to SUBMIT your entry.

How much does an entry cost?

The costs of entry are detailed on the online system and range from €75 to €95 per entry.

  • Note: There is a fee for all entries regardless of who you are.
  • Everyone pays for their entries if they wish them to be judged.
  • We will run an Early Bird Offer for all entries – for one week at a reduced cost.
  • After which, each initial entry will cost €95.00 euro. Each subsequent entry will be charged at €80.00 euro each. (€95, €175 for two, €255 for three etc).
  • *EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO ENTER PAYS TO ENTER!

PLEASE don’t enter, if you intend NOT paying. Each entry MUST be paid for, or it will not proceed to the judging process. N.B. If you do NOT pay for your entries, they will be deleted prior to judging.

Is there anything FREE to enter?

Yes, there are ‘free to enter’ awards.

For each ONE entry you pay for, there are at least THREE other ‘free to enter’ Awards your entry maybe eligible for and more.
As you submit in your chosen category you will be offered the opportunity to let us know if this piece of design work fits the criteria for….

  • Collaborative Design
  • Universal Design
  • Sustainable Design

If you want you may enter the ‘free to enter categories’ e.g. IDI Collaborative Award, Sustainable Design Award, Universal Design Award.
As you submit in your chosen category, you will be offered the opportunity to let us know if this piece of work fits the Collaborative or Sustainable Design criteria. If you feel your work does fit the criteria you will be asked to explain how.
For Universal Design you will be asked simply YES or NO to indicate if you wish to be considered for a Universal Design Award.
The jury will then judge if that entry is eligible and if deemed so, will be put forward for the UD Award which will be announced on the awards night.

You may also be eligible for one or two other prizes..

* The Emerging Designer- If you are in Practice as a designers less than 5 years

*The Overseas Designer- If you are based Overseas ( Great Britain, France, USA, Japan, China etc.)

Every entry we receive will also be considered for the Grand Prix Award 2018.

In theory, one design entry could receive multiple design awards!!

Can I enter a project from outside of the specified dates?

No. Work entered must have been completed between 01 August 2017 and 01 Sep 2018. This means it must have been launched, published, manufactured, constructed, developed or printed within that timeframe. Conceptual work will NOT be accepted as part of an entry.

How do I know what category to enter?

The category guide on the awards page of the IDI website. This gives a brief synopsis of each category giving a clear indication of what work falls under each category, what the judges are looking for, the types of materials to submit and who will be judging. This is also on the Online Awards website – with quite detailed guidance what to say, what to highlight.

How will my work be judged?

Judges will have access to all entries online where the jury will get a chance to do a first round of comments on all eligible entries. They will be evaluated against clear published design criteria. All the comments will be reviewed and selections will be made on who will be selected as finalists and other prizes. The shortlist of the finalists will be announced in November. Everyone who has been shortlisted for an award is a finalist. Being on the final shortlist doesn’t guarantee you’ll win a prize. All prizes will be announced and presented at the IDI Annual awards ceremony.

What are the judges looking for in a winning project?

Among other issues…Quality, Creativity, Originality, Execution and Presentation. The quality of design concept e.g. originality of concept: The creative idea – creativity of the designer’s solution The quality of execution in the design. – How well resolved was the idea both technically and aesthetically. Please address and note all other ‘Category Specific’ criteria related to that category too.
All entries will be judged on the images supplied, your description of the challenge and opportunity of the project presented and how it was resolved.

What files and supporting paperwork can I add with my online entry?

Each entry requires a short description of e.g. challenge (the brief) and opportunities (response to brief) presented to show how your finished product provided the best solution.
You can also upload digital files.
Video: files can be attached or a link provided to a Vimeo or YouTube channel. If the video is private – please provide the necessary passwords. Files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 or MOV extension.
Images: a minimum of 3 images should be uploaded. The maximum is 10 images. Images should be high res and saved “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format @ 80% quality. Although our entry system has no limit on file size we would ask that all files are under 15MB.
For any websites etc., please just submit a link to the live site, video etc. with text and supporting images will suffice.

Can I send in a physical sample?

No, physical samples are NOT required. Do NOT send any printed material, product, publications or fabrics or materials. This was an option in the last three years only, but NOT now this year. Samples cannot be returned to you. We will allow a short movie to be uploaded in certain categories.

Can I enter a project I have previously submitted to the IDI Awards?

No. This is ONLY for projects completed in the past 12 months see above.

Can I enter a project which has already won other Awards?

Yes, you may.

Can I enter a project I have previously submitted to the IDI Awards?

No, you cannot enter project previously submitted to IDI Awards.

Can I enter self-initiated work?

Yes, as long as you are a member of the IDI and the project was launched, published, manufactured, constructed, developed or printed within the timeframe for that category. No conceptual work will be accepted.

How can I pay IDI?

You can pay for membership and your entries through our online entry system via PayPal or CC
You must pay for your entries Via the Online Awards System.
N.B.: ALL UNPAID ENTRIES WILL BE DELETED.
You can join/pay for your annual IDI membership through www.idi-design.ie/join/apply You can renew at www.idi-design.ie/join/renew
If there is a payment issue – you’ll have to contact IDI at info@idi-design.ie. We’ll help you

Can I name non-IDI members on the entry

Yes please do. Please credit all involved. This is very important for design teams. The award will go to the IDI Member with the other design team members credited in shortlisting and awards night. The award belongs to the individual IDI member.
If you have any queries about the entries or membership, please do not hesitate to contact IDI at info@idi-design.ie

When is the closing date for entries?

The proposed last date for submissions is October 9th. This date may be extended and may change!!

If there is a few days extension to the Awards Deadline, this will be noted, advised and announced on our website and Facebook pages etc.

If you have any queries about the entries or membership, please do not hesitate to contact IDI

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