CATEGORIES & RULES FOR ENTERING
There are five Core Categories along with a sixth category for Special Awards.
Full details on submission requirements will be available when entries officially open week 1 July. Now is the time to peruse categories and work out what you can enter. You can enter as many times as you like! Please note our new awards also.
FASHION AND 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.
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.
This category is open to all fashion accessories from belts, sunglasses, bags, hats, scarves, footwear or jewellery. The jury will be looking for innovation in the design, colour, fabrication, functionality, quality and craft.
This category is for any product that has been designed for the commercial market. The jury will be looking for great design and innovation, ground-breaking techniques, use of material, quality and overall execution. Products that will be sold, purchased and used by consumers such as electronics, household items, appliances, etc..
This category is open for any realized products by professional medical designers. Only legally approved finished products are eligible for the award; non-patented, patent pending, approval pending products are not eligible. Research equipment and instruments are not restricted, any type of equipment or instrument can be submitted. Consumer healthcare products and medical devices, equipment and tools only, please note the competition is not open to products such as medicines or drugs.
Candidates can submit any products for the non-consumer market, including industrial, heavy equipment and transport. The jury will be looking for innovative solutions, ground-breaking techniques, use of material, quality and overall execution. Installations, machinery, industrial or contractor equipment, a product used by businesses.
This category is for pieces of bespoke or commercially produced furniture or lighting. The jury will be looking for ground-breaking techniques, aesthetic appeal, use of material quality and overall execution. Objects for living and working.
Experience Design is rich, immersive, engaging and visionary. We’re looking for connected experiences that inspire and engage across multiple physical and digital platforms simultaneously. Retail in-store, Website, Social Media Campaigns, Gaming and App.
Service Design is user centred, experimental, collaborative and ultimately transformative. We’re on the lookout for projects that simplify the complex, listen and recognise the challenges of the everyday user, understand the importance of accessibility, and ultimately deliver engaging and re-imagined design solutions that will set a benchmark for our industry. For example, a reimagined checkout or booking process. Website, Mobile Application, Kiosk
Website Design today is original, surprising, interactive and ultimately limitless. We’re looking for work that is beautiful, experimental, innovative and seeks to push the boundaries of websites in 2020 and beyond. We will seek out projects that connect with us through clever, engaging content, imaginative user experiences and overall stunning design. We will pay particular attention to websites that work seamlessly across all devices.
Motion Design is expressive, imaginative, multi-dimensional and inspiring. We’re looking for outstanding work that has applied an innovative approach and recognises the potential of delivering creative motion design across all platforms. Our focus is to find the most dynamic, engaging, energetic, unexpected and memorable motion design. Website, Advertising, TV and Environmental installations.
We’re on the lookout for exceptional visual design, animations that delight, content that engages, as well a user experience that’s simple, clear and purposeful. Apps for Mobile or Tablet
This category is open to anyone working in animation (2D/Stop-motion/CG/Flash). Entrants can submit animated films of 5 mins or less. These films can be standard narrative or experimental. In this category the jury will be looking for technical skill, art direction and overall quality.
A full brand identity for a new organisation, product or service. In this category entrants can submit a variety of applications for a new visual brand; logo through to stationery suites, brand guidelines, print, digital, environmental, signage etc. (any items that you feel show the identity living and breathing). The jury will be looking for an identity that shows a unified vision and tools that helps the client build their brand. Includes identities for organisations of all sizes, from under 10 to over 250 employees.
Rebrand or refresh of an existing brand, organisation, product or service. In this category entrants can submit a variety of applications for a refreshed visual brand: logo through to stationery suites, brand guidelines, print, digital, environmental, signage etc. (any assets that you feel show the refreshed identity in practice including a ‘before and after’ if you feel it beneficial for the jury). Includes identities for organisations of all sizes, from under 10 to over 250 employees.
In this category entrants are asked to submit packaging for all edible products including drinks. The jury will be looking for creativity, innovation, functionality and craft in both the design and the print choices.
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.
In this category entrants can submit work that ended up as a printed piece, e.g.; stationery suites, posters, brochures, invites or stamps. Note: Books, Annual Reports and Packaging have their own categories. The jury will be looking for creativity, innovation and craft in both the design and the print choices.
This category is open to all creatives involved in the process of designing annual reports for listed companies, government bodies and non-profit organisations. In this category entrants can submit annual reports that were designed for organisations for their 2019 reporting periods.
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.
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.
Recognises exceptionally crafted illustration, for commercial design and advertising projects, where the illustration brings the creative idea to life. In this category entrants are asked to submit illustrations used commercially within the last 18 months, this could be digital, animation, print, advertising, environmental or packaging. The jury will be looking for creativity, concept and craft in both the illustration and how it fits with the design.
In this category entrants are asked to submit illustrations published within the last 18 months. 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.
In this category, the entrant will demonstrate a high standard of typography, the criteria being that excellent typography is an intrinsic element of every design solution. The jury will look for creativity, and excellence in the 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.
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 design brief.
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.
STRUCTURES AND SPACES
This award will look at the customer experience, creating a memorable, enriching, and engaging environment for consumers. Is the design communicating the brand ethos through the use of a unique and engaging physical environment creating an immersive shopping experience which will enhance the brand and sales? How has an excellence in design and layout been adapted; spatial configuration, a high level of fit out and craftsmanship? This Category is for all shops where retail is the primary activity including shops, concessions, shopping centres, boutiques, bakeries, opticians, beauty retail, showrooms, sales centres, and niche shop offerings. Entries can be new-build, retro-fit or fit-out.
The judges seek to see how the design and architecture enhances the food and beverage space, creating a unique customer experience and encourages repeat custom. Taking into consideration spatial layout, structure & form, interactive implementation, innovative use of materials and user friendly methods. This Category is for all cafes, bars and restaurants where eating and drinking is the primary activity. Entries can be new-build, retro-fit or fit-out.
The judges will seek to discover how the space offers creative work, play and rest in an innovative and functional approach. Has there been an intelligent use of space and materials with an original, distinctive vision and implementation? How has the design and services introduced enhanced the guest experience? Has there been sensitivity to heritage, sustainability, and environment. This Category is for all hotels and short term stay locations including hotels, guest houses and guest rooms. These can also include Student Accommodation. Entries can be new-build, retro-fit or fit-out.
This award will consider the use of space & how the journey of the space has added to the engagement of its users creating an experiential environment. How has the design reflected the brand, promotional campaign, or the visual impact of the space? What materials were used to show technical skill and innovation. How has the structure and form contributed to the purpose? This category is for all temporary or permanent exhibition and set designs and pop up experiences including stage, TV and film sets, commercial and non-commercial exhibitions, expos, visitor attractions, festivals, and trade shows.
This award will recognise the very best home design that most effectively demonstrates high levels of user satisfaction and comfort. The design should display originality, visual appeal, skilled craftsmanship, while also delivering desired functional outcomes and sustainable consideration. Overall visionary thinking by pushing boundaries in all aspects of design. This category is for any individual or multi-dwelling interior for residential use and includes renovations, extensions, and alterations to existing residences.
This award will consider the purpose of the space, it’s adaption to user friendly engagement and how this has created a positive impact. How has this design created a greater impact on business performance? Has the investment in design resulted in significant increase in market share, sales, and / or custom loyalty? The spatial layout, complexity of design and use of materials to create a noteworthy space will be assessed. 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.
These freestyle structures category is open to experimental, electronic, mechanical, electrical, technological, environmental, transitory, industrial or infrastructural projects that rely on engineering design skills. 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, uniqueness, and quality. The award can range from a bridge, to kinetic energy recovery systems, or even deployable space rockets.
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. This category is for any commercial architecture project. Entries may include offices, retail, hospitality, cultural spaces such as museums, art galleries, educational buildings such as schools, universities, entertainment venues, libraries, theatres etc.
The design will be evaluated on how the building has transformed and contributed to the lives of its inhabitants. How has the design brief been met? Has the flow of the spatial movement created a user-friendly environment? Is the design lasting, environmentally friendly in terms of the materials used, energy conserving as well as holding a beautiful aesthetic? What new systems, materials, processes and/ or technology were used in a clever and original manner? This category is for any Residential Architecture project.
This category recognises innovative work done by IDI Design Education members. Entries should step beyond the boundaries of day-to-day Design Education activities within a single organisation. The award will be given for pedagogical and design innovation and impact. Design students need to think about the role design plays in our changed world, and it’s responsibilities. While we recognise design (and design education) alone aren’t a panacea to the complexity of our current and future situations, we believe it is instrumental in shaping a better future for us all. The judges are looking for entries that encourage engagement with the real world, demonstrating collaboration and outreach with industry, culture and society, 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. Entries could include curricula innovation, teaching and learning methods, design projects, creative outputs and research, or collaborations run in conjunction with the public, industry, or other organisations outside the educational institution. The IDI recognises the enormous challenge of delivering design education during the covid pandemic, and welcomes submissions that demonstrate how educators have successfully pivoted to delivering design education in distance and blended models of learning.
This category is for a sustainable or green design; a product or service that has been designed to minimise negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy. The jury panel will be looking for evidence that the concepts & principles of sustainable design are embodied within the project. This green design will be evaluated on areas such as energy efficiency improvements, waste reduction, water and pollution reduction, improving the environment and reusability. As well as the overall aesthetics, the wellbeing and human interaction will also be considered.
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. 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.
This is a new category to reward an outstanding client who has shown continual support and appreciation for the value that design brings to brands/products and organisations. Designers are to put forward clients who they feel have been outstanding advocates of good design in the last 2 years. This can be in any design discipline.
This is a new design category to accommodate the growth of design for good. This award will go to a design project which has made the world a better place by addressing a need. This can be in any design discipline and the need met should bring about positive societal, political or environmental change. Projects in this category could be campaign based incorporating several design disciplines or any design project including buildings, product or education, that sought to, and did make a difference. The projects could be based on fundraising, building awareness or meeting a physical need.
The aim of this new Award is to discover and celebrate new design industry female stars. It is open to those who have been in the Irish design industry for up to five years, regardless of age. Female nominees can be in a consultancy, in-house or freelance, but must be working as a professional designer and qualified as such. Entrants can be working in any design discipline.
Is your design Universal? If your design is Universal you could win the IDI Universal Design Award. A Universal Design is easy to Access, Understand and Use by a wide range of people regardless of their age, size ability or disability. To find out more, visit universaldesign.ie. NOTE: Access, Understand and Use is about how people generally interact with a design: first they access it (approach and perceive); secondly they understand it (comprehend and decide); and thirdly they use it (act or react). Any entries could be eligible to win the IDI Universal Design Award.
IDI AWARDS RULES 2020
THIS COMPETITION IS FOR PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS ONLY
- This competition is open to both IDI Members and non-members who are professional designers.
- This competition is for professional designers based on the island of Ireland and Irish designers based abroad. Submissions are welcomed from professional designers based in Ireland and Irish designers overseas.
- Fees: Current IDI members pay a reduced fee of 50 Euro per entry
- If you are NOT listed as a current paid IDI member in 2020 you MUST pay the FULL FEE of 100 Euro for your entries,
- This is NOT a competition for Undergraduates or anyone graduating in 2020 from a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in design etc. in 2020.
- All competition entries must be via the AWARDFORCE 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.
- All entries must be paid for in advance of judging at the time of entering.
- Work must have been between completed between JANUARY 2019 TO 01 JULY 2020 This means it must have been launched, published, manufactured, constructed, developed or printed within that timeframe.
- No conceptual work will be accepted. Completed projects only.
- Work previously entered and created for previous IDI Awards is ineligible, including projects where alterations have been made.
- 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.
- 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.
- No correspondence will be entered into regarding entries.
- Each category carries specific information on allowed attachments, and the technical and description requirements. Please complete each field according to the specific guidance for that category. Please read the guidance.
- The Closing Date for IDI Awards 2020 entries is Friday Aug 28th 2020.