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This page explains the different types of Awards provided by A' Design Award & Competitions.

A' Design Awards - Academic Ranking

Award Description Number Given

Platinum A' Design Award (1st Place)

Platinum A' Design Award (1st Place)
A design which gets a highest score is a winner of the "Platinum A' Design Award - No.1", there is only one given. This award corresponds to the first place and owners of this award can use the Platinum A' Design seal.

 

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Platinum A' Design Award (2nd Place)

Platinum A' Design Award (2nd Place)
A design which gets the second highest score is a winner of the "Platinum A' Design Award - No.2", there is only one given. This corresponds to the second place and owners of this award can use the Platinum A' Design seal.

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Platinum A' Design Award (3rd Place)

Platinum A' Design Award (3rd Place)
A design which gets the third highest score is a winner of the "Platinum A' Design Award - No.3", there is only one given. This corresponds to the third place and owners of this award can use the Platinum A' Design seal.
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A' Design Award A' Design Award
A design in top (10% < 20%) is a winner, and gets the A' Design Award. This corresponds to honorable mention.
20%
Academic Ranking - Notes
Notes: If there is only one platinum winner, this place is considered the first. If more then more platinum award winners, the first 3 as ranked at A' Design Award webpage are ranked accordingly as first, second and third place. If there are not any platinum award winners, the gold award is considered the 1st place, and the ranking follows the platinum one (please note that, the platinum 1st place logo cannot be used at this point). This principle also applies for silver and bronze awards as well. Finally if a category has only A' Award Winners (i.e. if platinum, gold, silver or bronze awards were not given), in this case, the academic rankings do not apply.
 

Metal A' Design Awards

Award Description Number Given
A' Design Award

A' Design Award
A design in top (10% < 20%) is a winner, and gets the A' Design Award. This corresponds to honorable mention.

Note: For World Design Rankings, this award is considered "Iron". This Award is the standard A' Design Award. The word "IRON" is replaced with "WINNER" when displayed at your profile pages.

20%
Bronze A' Design Award Bronze A' Design Award
A design in top (10% < 5%) gets the Bronze A' Design Award instead of the A' Design Award.
5%
Silver A' Design Award Silver A' Design Award
A design in top (5% < 3%) gets the Silver A' Design Award instead of the A' Design Award.
2%
Golden A' Design Award Golden A' Design Award
A design in top (3% < 1%) gets the Golden A' Design Award instead of the A' Design Award.
2%
Bronze A' Design Award Platinum A' Design Award
A design in top 1% gets the Platinum A' Design Award No.x (x starting from 4 and goes up) instead of the A' Design Award.
1%
The Ultimate A' Design Award Iridium A' Design Award
A design which gets a full score gets the Iridium i.e. "Ultimate A' Design Award" instead of the A' Design Award. This award is extremely rare.
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Complementary Awards

Award Description Number Given
Faculty Award

Country Award
Given to countries with winner participants.

Can be freely used by the eligibile parties for their communication and advertising campaigns, year must be indicated.

As Needed.
Company Award

Company Award
Given to companies with winner employees.

Can be freely used by the eligibile parties for their communication and advertising campaigns, year must be indicated.

As Needed.
Faculty Award

Faculty Award
Given to faculties with winner students.

Can be freely used by the eligibile parties for their communication and advertising campaigns, year must be indicated.

As Needed.
Instructor Award

Instructor Award
Given to instructors with winner students / apprentices.

Can be freely used by the eligibile parties for their communication and advertising campaigns, year must be indicated.

As Needed.
 

Non-Award Status

Award Description Number Given
Instructor Award Runner-Up
A design in top (20% < 30%) is a runner-up, although they are not winners, they are underlined for their potential and will receive special benefits.
30%
Instructor Award Participants
A participant is not a winner, but she has taken part in the competition in an honorary way. They are not given an award because the awards are given to a determined percent. This status is not displayed in profile, and designs with participant status are not showcased.
As Needed
Instructor Award Rejected
Rejected projects are designs that were not given an award due low design quality, or due to obscureness or due to technical problems. This status is not displayed in profile, and designs with design status are not showcased.
As Needed
Instructor Award Disqualified
Disqualified projects are usually related with idea theft, copyright infringement, and obviously copy-designs and projects. This status is not displayed in profile, and designs with disqualifed design status are not showcased.
As Needed
Instructor Award Nominee
Projects that are submitted and nominated to the competition which are consideration are A' Design Award nominees. The status nominee might be shown, however design details will be hidden until award announcement. Entries with Nominee design status are not showcased.
As Needed


A-Design Award Gala-Night A-Design Award Gala-Night A-Design Award Gala-Night
Iridium Trophy Platinum Trophy Gold Trophy
A-Design Award Gala-Night A-Design Award Gala-Night A-Design Award Gala-Night
Silver Trophy Bronze Trophy Iron Trophy

All awards can be used as a seal of excellence for products, designs etc. Each award has an academic matching. All the designs that recieve the award will be published in the annual book. Please be reminded that the award percentages would be less in years where there are substantial number of entries. Furthermore please be reminded that the trophies listed in this page are renders. Actual trophies are slighly different and are 3D printed in metal with smoother interiors.

Please do kindly note that the A’ Design Award voting system does not permit awarding of entries which are below a certain score even though these entries would be in the top 30% after all entries are voted for. This explains the discrepancies that could occassionally occur in the number of winners’ percentage to number of participants which is usually less than the 30%. This base score methodology was introduced in early 2010 to ensure that only the entries that meet the standard for international recognition would be awarded. Likewise, the counter principle is usually respected and the number of awards could be expanded, be potentially higher if all entries would be extremely competitive in terms of their design qualities.

Furthermore, being the first in a category does not result in a Platinum award either. The reason is as follows: The A' Design Award and Competition voting mechanism ranks entries not based on purely on their average score, but using a sorting function that considers the normalized z-score, standard deviation of juror scores, weight of juror scores for criterias, weight of category scores, variance of scores which are calculated within the category but also with respect to all other entries in all other categories, given this score calculation, the implication is that even if your category would have only 1 entries, it is not obliged to be platinum award winner nor it would not be considered the worst in the category (because you would imagine if there is one entry, it is the best and the worst which of course does not make sense), thus a comparison of the calculated score is compared to other categories, in this case the entry being the first place within a category does not imply a platinum award level nor a participant (non-winner) status. Furthermore there are additional requirements for award levels, for instance the platinum award level requires that the entry is in top 1% in its category, plus with respect to all other designs, it has a significantly high score (significance is decided on how far the average score of this entry is away in terms of standard deviation to other entries) plus majority of jury members should have up-voted it, up-voting means that majority of jury members would vote significantly higher than their average for that design (again significance is based on their standard deviations).

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