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There are six Core Categories, along with a seventh category for Intrinsic Design

Each year, the IDI Irish Design Awards refines and adapts the categories for design review as the sector is constantly in flux and is growing in significance across all walks of life.

FASHION & TEXTILES

This category is for ready-to-wear designs. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of fabrics, quality, functionality and overall craft. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

This category is open to all fashion accessories from belts, sunglasses, bags, hats, scarves or jewellery. The jury will be looking for innovation in the design, colour, fabrication, functionality, quality and craft. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

This category is for the design of fabrics, yarns and fibres whether for clothing, accessories or other uses. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of fabrics, quality, functionality and overall craft. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

PRODUCT DESIGN

This category is for any product that has been designed for the commercial market including electronics, household items, appliances, etc. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of material, quality and overall craft. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples of the product; these may be sent to the IDI office.

Candidates can submit any products for the non-consumer market, including industrial, heavy equipment and transport. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of material, quality and overall craft. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples of the product; these may be sent to the IDI office.

This category is for any medical device commercially available in any country such as Cardiovascular Devices—devices and equipment; Drug-Delivery and Combination Products; ER and OR Tools, Equipment; Nonsurgical Hospital Supplies and Equipment; Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products; Over-the-Counter and Self-Care Devices; Radiological, Imaging, and Electromechanical Devices; Testing and Diagnostic Products; Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products; Dental Implants, Equipment, and Supplies; Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Devices. Please note: Digital Health Products and Mobile Medical Apps should be entered in the Digital Design/ Experience/ Services category. All entered products must be approved as a medical device by a relevant notified body. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of material, quality and overall craft. The entry will also be marked against the following criteria; Design and Engineering Innovation, Functionality (User-Related) Innovations, Benefits to Overall Healthcare, Benefits to Patients, and Market Differentiation/Competitive Landscape. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples of the product; these may be sent to the IDI office.

This category is for pieces of bespoke or commercially produced furniture. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of material quality and overall craft. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples of the product; these may be sent to the IDI office.

This category is for anything made by hand. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, use of materials, quality and overall craft. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples of the product; these may be sent to the IDI office.

DIGITAL DESIGN

(Focus on visuals/layout/animation) UI/visual designers. What is it? Best in class digital design including – visual design, layout, UI patterns and animation. This category is for online campaigns, UI elements and patterns, interface layout, UI animations such as transitions and states. In this category the jury will be looking for beautiful, clear and clean digital visuals, UI elements and patterns, animations and best practice compliance.

(Focus on product design and end to end journey of a service) IA (information architecture)/UX/IxD/product design. What is it? Best complex services, end-to-end seamless experiences such as booking a flight, paying a bill etc. This category is for any online or digital service. The jury will be looking for how the project connects, engages, empowers, encourages the user experience; Digital service designs that disrupt, reimagines, or optimises daily or traditionally inefficient activities.

A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 screens should be used in each prototype to showcase how your design works. The shared link to the prototype should be included in the IDI submission form. (Tip: you can use any prototyping tool you wish, if you are not familiar with one, we recommend using www.invisionapp.com where you can build and share prototypes for free)

Each of these three categories will be judged against the following criteria and attributes also;

  • Connecting: Facilitating communication between people and communities
  • Engaging: Capturing attention, creating delight and delivering meaning
  • Empowering: Enabling people to go beyond their limits
  • Expressing: Encouraging self expression and/or creativity
  • Disrupting: Re-imagining completely an existing product or service by creating new behaviors, usages or markets
  • Optimizing: Making daily activities more efficient.
  • Impact: Quantifying the impact of the above.

(Focus on overall user experience of a product, website, app)UX/UI/IxD (interaction design)/UCD (user centred design). What is it? Best experience across online, digital out of home, retail experience, social, API, etc. This category is for the overall user experience of a digital product. Games have their own category. The jury will be looking for clear and clever content, structure (IA), User experience (UX), interactivity (IxD), navigation and functionality. True innovation both in the design and the techniques used.

This category is for any games designed for mobiles or other devices. The jury will be looking for innovative playability, interaction, technical expertise, music, story and the art and craft in the aesthetics. Input a direct URL to download the full version of the game. If the game is to be paid for, please supply a gift card/code that is valid until after the judging weekend. A minimum of 3 images to a maximum of 10 should also be included. Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

This category is about the design of an excellent identity mark. Entrants can submit an individual logo, a family of logos, static or motion. The jury will be looking for overall craft and how it met the brief. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality.

In this category entrants can submit a variety of applications for a visual brand, including stationery suites, brand guidelines, print, digital, environmental, signage etc. (any items that you feel show the identity in practice). The jury will be looking for an identity that shows a unified vision and tools that help the client build the brand. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

In this category entrants can submit work that ended up as a printed piece, e.g.; stationery suites, posters, brochures, invites etc. Note: books, Annual Reports and packaging have their own categories. The jury will look for creativity, innovation and craft in both the design and the print choices. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

This category is for any books – educational, text, children’s, art, coffee table etc. The jury will be looking for creativity, innovation, sensory experience and craft in the concept, layout design and print choices. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high-res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

This category is for data and information visualizations used in any medium. The jury will look for 4 key elements to be incorporated into such infographics; information (data), story (concept), goal (function), visual form (metaphor). Information should be accurate, consistency, and honesty. The story aspect should display relevance, meaningfulness, and novelty. The function of the visualisation should be clear i.e. it should be useful, fitting, and efficient. Finally, the visual form created should be beautiful, structured and harmonious.

In this category entrants are asked to submit packaging for consumable products including drinks. The jury will be looking for creativity, innovation, functionality and craft in both the design and the print choices. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

 

In this category entrants are asked to submit packaging for anything non-edible – jewellery, accessories, luxury goods, perfume, personal care, seasonal, promotional etc. The jury will be looking for creativity, innovation, functionality and craft in both the design and the print choices. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

In this category entrants are asked to submit illustrations published within the last year. Original artwork used for children’s books, book covers, graphic novels, and editorial is requested. The jury will be looking for creativity, concept and craft in the illustration. A single image up to a maximum of 5 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

In this category entrants are asked to submit illustrations published within the last year. Original artwork used in design, advertising, animation, institutional or packaging contexts is requested. The jury will be looking for creativity, concept and craft in both the illustration and how it fits with the design. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office

In this category entrants are asked to submit original illustrations created within the last year. The jury will be looking for creativity, concept and craft in both the illustration and how, where appropriate, it fits with the design. A single image up to a maximum of 5 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

In this category entrants are asked to submit photographic works that have creatively contributed to a successful design. The jury will be looking for creativity and craft in both the photography and in its response to a specific brief. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office. You must include both the original photograph itself, as well as its use within a design context (i.e. brochure, website, billboard, poster, etc).

In this category, the entrant will demonstrate a high standard of typography, the criteria being that excellent typography is an intrinsic element of each overall design solution. The jury will look for creativity, subtlety, nuance or differentiating impact of the typography, craft, detail, consistency, originality, maintenance of superlative standards and clarity in visual communication of emotional or commercial message. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples; these may be sent to the IDI office.

In this category entrants are asked to submit video works that have creatively contributed to a successful design project. The jury will be looking for creativity and craft in both the video and in its response to a specific brief. We require a direct, non expiring link to the video work itself, and link to its appearance within an overall project (i.e. link to website where video is embedded, photograph as part of exhibition, etc). Additionally we require a minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res screenshots from the video work, in JPEG format at 80% quality.

TV & FILM

In this category entrants are asked to submit visual effects or animations (2D/3D) for titles, openers or idents for TV or Film. In this category the jury will be looking for technical skill, artistry and overall quality. Please upload the motion graphic directly. Files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4/MOV extension.

In this category entrants are asked to submit visual effects, animations (2D/3D), infographics or idents used in advertising commercials. In this category the jury will be looking for technical skill, artistry and overall quality. Please upload the motion graphic directly. Files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4/MOV extension.

This category is open to anyone working in computer graphics (CG) animation. Entrants can submit any CG animated sequences which have appeared on TV, online, or a CG animated film of 4 mins or less. In this category the jury will be looking for technical skill, artistry and overall quality. Please upload the animated files directly. Files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4/MOV extension.

STRUCTURES AND SPACES

Projects in this category will be interiors designed for residential use. This category covers renovations, extensions and alterations to existing residences. The jury will consider use of space, sensitive adaptation, relative complexity, purpose, innovation, impact, accessibility, clarity, sustainability, materiality, transition and user experience. A minimum of 3 images, maximum of 10 images can be submitted showing different viewpoints including a floorplan. Walk-through videos are also welcome (5 mins or less). Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. Video files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 extension.

Projects in this category will be interiors designed for commercial use. This includes Retail, Office, Hospitality, Healthcare, Industrial, Education, Conservation, Leisure, Marine, Public, Performance, Pop-up, Experimental, Institutional and Cultural (excluding exhibition which is a separate category). Entries can be new-build, retro-fit or fit-out. The judges will consider the program, adaptation, complexity, purpose, innovation, impact, clarity, accessibility, sustainability, materiality, transition and user engagement and experience. A minimum of 3 images, maximum of 10 images can be submitted showing different viewpoints including a floorplan. Walkthrough videos are also welcome (5 mins or less). Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. Video files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 extension.

Entrants to this category can enter shop, store, pop-up shop designs or any other visual merchandising displays which motivate customers towards a purchase. The jury will consider the use of technical skill, inventive use of media, complexity, commercial purpose and/or message, creativity, innovation, visual impact, clarity, materiality, choice of merchandise, and proportional transitions. A minimum of 3 images, maximum of 10 images can be submitted showing different viewpoints including a floorplan. Walk-through videos are also welcome (5 mins or less). Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. Video files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 extension.

This category is for designs of commercial and non-commercial exhibitions e.g.: expos, arts and leisure, historical, museum exhibitions, visitor attractions, fairs, festivals and trade shows. Permanent or temporary exhibitions will be accepted. In this category the jury will evaluate in terms of engagement, narrative, conversation, story, triggers, structure, impact, materiality, interactivity, display, purpose, market, demographics, innovation, mobility, category guide programme, access, aesthetic, innovation and functionality. The judges seek entries that encourage curiosity and exploration across ages, cultures and technological literacy whilst delivering a meaningful or playful, emotionally engaging message. A minimum of 3 images, maximum of 10 images can be submitted showing different viewpoints and a floorplan. Walk-through videos are also welcome (5 mins or less). Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. Video files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 extension.

This category is open to stage sets or production design. In this category the jury will be assessing how the set suggests a style, tone and mood of the overall production. It will particularly examine curation, lighting, architecture, visual, experiential and spatial composition of performance for theatre, film, TV and online mediums. A minimum of 3 images, maximum of 10 images can be submitted showing different viewpoints or original sketches. Walk-through videos are also welcome (5 mins or less). Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. Video files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 extension.

This freestyle structures category is open to experimental, electronic, mechanical, electrical, technological, environmental, transitory, industrial or infrastructural projects that rely on engineering design skills. Structures should be completed between 23 August 2016 and 22 August 2017. The award can range from a bridge, to kinetic energy recovery systems, or even deployable space rockets. The jury will look for strength of form, breakthrough technology, creative methodology, design simplicity and flow, soul, performance efficiency, function, aesthetic impact, emotional engagement, ergonomics, human interaction, usefulness, unique, and quality. A minimum of 3 images, maximum of 10 images can be submitted showing different viewpoints including a mandatory floorplan. Walk-through videos are also welcome (5 mins or less). Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. Video files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 extension.

This category is open to completed buildings, projects, landscapes or urban design projects completed between 23 August 2016 and 22 August 2017. The jury will consider each submission in the context of its specific innovation in relation to solving the problem it addresses, aesthetics, originality, social impact, environmental integration, conventional disruption, creative efficiency, fitness to purpose, user experience and accessibility, flow of spatial movement, appropriate materiality, space, proportion and order, statutory compliance, human friendliness, energy conservation, contextual awareness in cultural and ecological expression. A minimum of 3 images, maximum of 10 images can be submitted showing different viewpoints including a floorplan. Walk-through videos are also welcome (5 mins or less). Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. Video files should be 1280 x 720 H264 codec video with an MP4 extension.

INTRINSIC DESIGN

This category recognises innovative work done by IDI Design Education members. Entries could include design projects, artefacts, curricula innovation and teaching methods, research or collaborations run in conjunction with the public, industry, or other organisations outside the educational institution e.g. charities, design exhibitions, charrettes, design advocacy events, that raise the awareness of design or design research. Entries should step beyond the boundaries of day-to-day Design Education activities within a single organisation. The award will be given for pedagogical efficacy and impact, and or, the design project as a whole. The judges are looking for entries that encourage engagement with design, demonstrating collaboration and outreach from education, raising awareness of the value of design.

Entries must include educational institutions with IDI members and individual student work should not form part of the entry. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit printed samples and physical artefacts; these may be sent to the IDI office. Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality. The online application system allows for detailed written descriptions also.

This award will recognise an extended team of designers working together from different disciplines. Approaching a design problem with different perspectives can provide for remarkable successful and interesting results. It could be for example a graphic designer and an exhibition designer, a fashion designer and an interiors designer or even a larger team of cross-discipline practitioners. It only requires one member of the team to be a member of the IDI. The jury will be looking for innovation, quality and craft. A minimum of 3, maximum of 10 high res jpegs should be uploaded with a “long edge” of 2500px. In addition to images, we encourage entrants to submit samples; these may be sent to the IDI office. Images should be saved “long edge” of 2500px, in JPEG format at 80% quality.

Universal Design is the concept of designing products, services and environments that can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age or ability. It is based on 7 Principles for prioritising people in design, along with 29 Guidelines to complement the design evaluation criteria. If your design fits 4 of the 7 principles your design will be considered for the Universal Design Award. For more information please refer to the CEUD website.

  • All entries, in all categories, in the Irish Design Awards will be reviewed to identify unique features and elements that represent Universal Design excellence.
  • Selected entries will be showcased and awarded.
  • entrants can opt-out if they prefer that their entry is not considered for UD

 

Does your design demonstrate a conscious effort to reduce its use of non-renewable resources in its application? If so, briefly tell us why and how and your design will be considered for the Sustainable Design Award.

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