A' Positively Better Design Award
There are many design awards and competitions out there, but they are not created equal. Some design awards are safer than others, some awards are more trustworthy, some design awards are prestigious and famous while others are lost in oblivion. Some design awards have a grand jury, some do not. Some awards have judging criteria, some awards have mysterious voting processes. Some design awards you win money and some design awards you win publicity. Given all these possibilities and different configurations, what makes a design award good and what particularly makes the A' Design Award and Competition positively better than almost all other design awards, accolades, competitions and contests? We at A' Design Awards though of the following bullet points that makes us positively better than other design competitions in the world: 1) Respecting Designers, 2) Respecting Resources, 3) Fair Judging, 4) Scientific Background 5) Grand Design Prize.
We respect designers at A' Design Award. First of all designers pay less than companies to join the award, and the difference is not a small percentage as you would find in other awards, it is much more less, significantly cheaper for designers to nominate a design. Second, we ask companies to write the designers' names for the projects, we suggest to companies that if they ask their designers to nominate the products instead, they would get a discount, we do so in order to help designers' names to be promoted together with the companies. Third, we respect the work as well as the time, it seems it is quite difficult to enroll a design, the submission guidelines seem hard and we also check all the incoming entries to ensure they have all a good presentation, but we do so to ensure that your designs and ideas are judged by their intrinsic qualities instead of the presentations; we believe that if all the presentations are equally good, the jury would not be biased and judge the entries more fairly.
We respect your wealth at A' Design Award. For example, at A' Design Award, you can send your design free of charge to get a complimentary preliminary evaluation and judging; without spending any of your valuable resources you can indicatively learn how good your design is in advance, without paying any fees at all, and without any obligation to nominate your designs. It is true tha A' Design Award has a nominal fee for enrolling a design for award consideration, however, there are three things to consider regarding the fees; firstly, there are no further fees; you do not need to pay an extra fee for claiming your victory, but more importantly, you keep the rights to your designs; your intellectual property, patents, designs and ideas stays yours; in other design contests you have a risk of losing your designs but at A' Design Awards, you do not lose the right to your designs, thirdly, you risk less as you could get a preliminary score and if the score is low you do not pay any fees and you do not join and if the score is very high, we provide an additional discount so good design gets subsidized.
A' Design Awards judges your entries in a transparent and fair manner. There is no space for nepotism, no political inclinations, no friendly judging. Jury members anonymously, blind peer-review the entries; this implies that jury members do not know whose work they are voting for; this removes the bias towards large enterprises and famous people; everyone’s work are judged the same. Jury members sign the jury agreement that requires them to bypass the work the recognize, furthermore jurors' agreement includes non-disclosure terms so that jury members cannot explain your designs to others after competition, this term especially makes sense for large enterprises who wish to apply a design award before releasing their products. Another aspect that makes the competition more fair is the grand jury. A' Design Award's grand jury panel consists of world renown designers, architects, prominent press members, editors, established scholars, academics, and trendsetters. Finally, the jury votes entries following evaluation criteria, so that all entries are evaluated on equal basis.
The A' Design Award & Competition was developed based on analysis of data gathered through research on what designers, companies and all other participants seek when they join design awards and competitions. Evaluation methodology which employs peer-review process, anonymous judging and criteria based voting follow academic and scholarly best practices and widely accepted norms. Services such as the public relations campaigns, pitching press members, digital press kit preparation, interview with award winning designers, international exhibitions were developed based on the needs for the participants which we defined as further reach, publicity, advertising and promotion of award winning works. The A' Design Award platform was also developed to respect the privacy and intellectual properties of its participants, creating a degree of respect and trust.
Grand Design Prize
We think that our grand design prize that contains but not limited to services, benefits and goods such as the PR Campaign for winners which includes media pitching, international press partnerships, article placements, the Press Release Preparation and Distribution service that also gives the winners a digital press kit that is communicated to magazines and blogs worldwide which also includes additional images of designers, their interviews, the newsletter announcement that reaches tens of thousands of design enthusiasts, the design award trophy that symbolizes prestige and victory, the design award winners' certificate which highlights the award level and status, the exhibition certificate which remind the exhibition of the awarded works, winners' badges, the design award winner logo that laureates can use lifetime without any further fees, the possibility to obtain the good design mark, the inclusion and a copy of the yearbook publication, and others such as the gala-night, inclusion in World Design Rankings and more make the competition significantly better than other design contests.
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