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ABOUT AWARDS

The IDI Irish Design Awards exists to recognise, celebrate and promote exemplary design vision in Ireland.

The Awards 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.

HOW TO APPLY

prepare

Before you enter your work check our categories and judging criteria.

You could also want to prepare your answers to what was the challenge (the brief) and opportunities (response to brief).We suggest basing your answers on judging criteria.

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To be able to take part in IDI Awards you need to be a member of the Irish Design Institute.

Make sure all parts of your submission follow guidelines located at the bottom of each category listing.

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logistics

For projects where there is a physical sample of the work for the judges to review – entrants are encouraged to send it to the IDI offices in advance of the jury weekend in July.

Address: IDI, Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame, Lane, Dublin 2.

FAQ's

FEES

EARLY BIRD *
INITIAL ENRTY

€65

*ERALY BIRD ends 1st of July

EARLY BIRD *
ADDITIONAL ENTRY ENTRY

€60

FULL PRICE
INITIAL ENTRY

€75

FULL PRICE EACH
ADDITIONAL ENTRY ENTRY

€70

To enter, candidates must be Full or Graduate IDI members. All entries must be made via the IDI online entry system; Awardforce. Work must have been completed – launched, published, manufactured, constructed, certified, developed or printed – between 22nd Aug 2016 and 7th July 2017. Work created for a previous IDI Award events cannot be entered again. Entrants are encouraged to send in physical samples of their entries which must be numbered and identified correctly.

  1. This is strictly an IDI Members’ competition, it’s for Full and Graduate IDI paid-up members ONLY. (With a few key exceptions)
  2. If you are NOT listed as member on our IDI Online Directory- please contact IDI before entering.
  3. Designers graduating in 2017 cannot enter this competition. You MUST have graduated in 2016 or in any previous year.
  4. All competition entries must be via the IDI online entry system only- Entrants need to register an account on The IDI Awards 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 rules. These awards are for IDI members only, so make sure the person who registers for the awards is an IDI member.
  5. All entries must be paid for in advance of judging at the time of entering via Paypal or CC. Unpaid entries will NOT be judged.
  6. Work must have been completed between 22nd August 2016 and 7th July 2017. This means it must have been launched, published, manufactured, constructed, developed or printed within that timeframe. ( There are two excections to this rule- Architecture and Structures)
  7. No conceptual work will be accepted. Completed projects only!
  8. Work created for previous IDI awards cannot be entered again. This includes work where alterations have been made.
  9. The IDI jury has the right to query if an entry is eligible for these awards.
  10. The IDI and Judges reserve the right to withdraw a category and refund the entries where judges feel there is not sufficient competition.
  11. 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.
  12. No correspondence will be entered into regarding entries.
  13. Entrants are encouraged to send in physical samples (subject to size) of their entries in some categories (Fashion, Printed Material and Product etc.) – these must be numbered and identified correctly and delivered before judging to IDI at 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2.
  14. Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of physical samples, the IDI will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of samples provided. Entries will not be returned but arrangements can be made with the IDI office to arrange a suitable time for collection after the judging weekend.
  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.
  16. The Closing Date for entries is final.

FAQ

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

This competition is only for members of the IDI (and DCCOI/CIFD members only under special conditions**- everyone pays for their entries). Please check with the IDI office on your membership status before submitting. If you are not a member and/or have not paid for 2017 IDI membership, your work will not be submitted for judging.

How much does an entry cost?

Each initial entry will cost €75.00 euro. Each subsequent entry will be charged at €70.00 euro each. (€75, €145, €215 etc). Each entry MUST be paid for, or it will not proceed to the judging process. **Note: There is a fee for EACH ENTRY- regardless of who you are ** N.B. If you do NOT pay for your entries will be deleted prior to judging.

If I am a student or I have just graduated in 2017 can I enter the awards?

No. Please do NOT. Entries will NOT be accepted from design students or 2017 design graduates and non-members of IDI. Monies paid will NOT be refunded, if you enter.

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

No. Work ( except in two categories. Architecture and Structures ) must have been completed between 22nd August 2016 and 7th of July 2017. This means it must have been launched, published, manufactured, constructed, developed or printed within that timeframe. No conceptual work will be accepted.

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

Yes, you may.

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 do I know what category to enter?

The category guide on the awards page of the IDI site. 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. You can enter a piece of work into as many categories as you like as long as it matches the criteria. The 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 same details into more than one category, for example if you want to also enter the ‘free to enter categories’ e.g. IDI Collaborative Award, Sustainable Design Award, Universal Design Award. For each entry these are other awards your entry maybe eligible for. 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. You will be asked YES/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 award which will be announced on the awards night. Where there is not sufficient entry or quality to meet the high standards of the IDI awards, the institute will withdraw the category and refund the entrants rather than having no winners.

How will my work be judged?

Judges will have access to all entries online prior to the judging weekend 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 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. During the judging weekend all the comments will be reviewed and selections will be made on who will be selected as finalists and other prizes. The shortlist of finalists will be announced at the opening of the exhibition. Everyone in the exhibition has been shortlisted for an award. Being on the final shortlist doesn’t guarantee you’ll win a prize. The Overall Category Prizes, Highly Commended and Commended of the category awards from the shortlist will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at Meeting House Square Temple Bar on September 15th.

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. No physical boards are required, you will ONLY 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. Please do not upload any further written documents as these will be not considered by the judges. For any websites etc., just submit a link to the live site with text and supporting images will suffice.

Can I send in a physical sample?

This is completely optional. For projects where there is a physical sample of the work for the judges to review – entrants are encouraged to send it to the IDI offices in advance of the jury weekend in July. Samples won’t be returned, but collection can be arranged with the IDI offices after the judging weekend is complete. Please send to Institute of Designers, Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame, Lane, Dublin 2. (Mon- Friday, office hours only- before July 13th).

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 edit my entry?

Yes. Once you have registered you can log into your account at anytime to make edits up until the final closing date. YOU must SUBMIT your entry, otherwise it can’t be in the competition.

When is the closing date for entries?

Last date for submissions is July 12th at 5pm.

How can I pay?

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

Is there anything free to enter?

Yes. For each entry there are three other ‘free to enter’ Awards your entry maybe eligible for. 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, Universal and/or Sustainable Design criteria. For more information, please see the category guide. Every entry will also be considered for the Grand Prix Award 2017. You may also be eligible for prizes in Emerging Designer and Overseas Designer.

Can I name non-IDI members on the entry?

Yes please do. 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, the cert or an additional cert can be provided for client and design company on request after the event.

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

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