Preliminary Checking Service

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This page describes the preliminary checks performed after a design is submitted to A' Design Award.

Executive Sumary
Learn how good your design would perform in the competition, free of charge before paying the nomination fee by simply uploading your project. The preliminary jury will check your entry and provide a score within several days. Upload your design after login from your control panel to benefit from this service.

What is a Preliminary Check?
When you make a submission, after a period of time or after your submission is totally complete, preliminary tests are performed by a random jury member to provide insights, this consultancy service is free and you get constructive feedbacks on how to improve your presentation. The following aspects are considered: essential design quality, visualization & presentation characteristics, and category compliance, the images, the descriptive text, the video and the documentation. Your design will be either approved or rejected and you will receive an update via email that suggests the next course of action. The jury member will also comment on your project, usually in a constructive way to improve it further via presentation.

How much does it cost?
Preliminary judging service is provided free of charge to everyone as a courtesy of A' Design Award and Competitions. This is a free service offered by A' Design Award & Competition, a more advanced and accurate, paid service (Professional Preliminary Evaluation and Judging) is available on order.

What are indicated?
Status Response: Indicates whether your design is accepted or rejected or if it is still queued. Suggestions: Suggestions that are correlated to the status response. Additional Jury Notes: Indicates suggestions by the jury member that performed a preliminary check on your design. Simple Likert Scale: Indicates the likelihood of your design winning the A' Design Award.

What are possible responses?
Your design can be either APPROVED, REJECTED or QUEUED. If your design is APPROVED, you are encouraged to nominate it. If you do not nominate your design, you will not be eligible for the award. Please read below to learn more about APPROVED entries. If your design is REJECTED, you are discouraged to nominate it. However, it does not mean that your design cannot be nominated. This means that your design could still be eligible for winning the award but your design will not appear on the annual results book unless you make some modifications. The main reasons are indicated in the REJECTED tab. As you may see, you could still nominate some of the rejected entries. If your design is QUEUED FOR REVIEW, you should update your design by entering further information, updating text and uploading images and wait for review.

 

 

Important: Each time you update your design (upload images or update text) the STATUS resets. The new status becomes QUEUED FOR REVIEW. JURY NOTES will not reset so that we could track the process of changes. You will get a Preliminary Score only after providing enough details and getting a Presentation Score of 25 or higher.

TABLE.1 - STATUS RESPONSES

Status

What does it mean?

Suggested Action

Can I still nominate?

2.1 APPROVED (A)
Totally Approved Everything looks okay, it is a good entry, and it is nominated successfully. Wait for results. No. Already Nominated.
Not Yet Nominated Everything looks okay, it is a good entry, but it is not nominated. Nominate your design. Yes, encouraged.
Description Should Be Improved Although your images look good, the description for your design is missing or needs improvements. Update description and nominate. Yes, encouraged.
Visualization Should Be Improved Although the project is unique and appealing, visualization and presentation for your design could be improved. Update visuals and nominate. Yes, encouraged.
Presentation Should Be Improved Although the project is unique and appealing, visualization and description of your design could be improved. Update visuals, description and nominate. Yes, encouraged.
However.. There is.. Read the note suggested by the award jury, depending on note you might be required to update specific sections of your entry. Read and follow jury feedback. Yes, encouraged.
       
2.2 QUEUED FOR REVIEW (Q)
Queued for review. A preliminary jury member will check it soon after you enter enough information and upload visuals. Update visuals and text. Yes.
Express Judging. A preliminary jury member will check the entry very soon before passing to the award jury. Improve Score. No. Already Nominated
       
2.3 AWAITING FURTHER ACTION (W)
Submission Lacking Description The descriptive text is missing. Update description. Yes.
Submission Lacking Images There are not any images uploaded. Upload images. Not Advised.
Submission Lacking Video The video is missing. Note: Video is optional for other categories and this is indicated usually for interactive categories. Upload video. Not Advised.
Submission Lacking Link The link or URL is missing. Note: Link or URL is optional for most categories and this is indicated usually for interactive works.. Indicate url of link. Not Advised.
Incomplete Submission There are not any images uploaded and the descriptive text is missing. Upload images and update description. Not Advised.
Presentation Requires Improvement Your presentation is not good. Download and follow presentation guidelines. Download and follow presentation guidelines. Yes.
Presentation Requires Optimization Your presentation is not great. Follow the hints suggested by the Advanced Submission Optimizer. Optimize design. Yes.
       
2.4 REJECTED (R1) - CLASS.1
Incorrect Image Dimensions The image you uploaded does not have the correct dimensions. Upload images in correct dimensions. Yes.
Low Image Quality The images you uploaded is either low-resolution or needs better visualization. Upload high-resolution images. Yes.
Additional Images Needed The main image is not enough to communicate your design. Upload additional images. Yes.
Bad Description The description text must be changed due to one of the following reasons: 1. Your description consists of html code, 2. Your description consists of non-readable text. 3. Your description is in a foreign language. Update descriptive text. Yes.
Unclean Image The images you have uploaded contains watermarks, logos or texts that are not part of the original design. Modify your visuals. Yes.
Wrong Category Your design does not match the category selection. Choose correct category. Yes.
Document Needed Please upload required documents for your submission category. Upload documents. Yes.
Incorrect Language Your design contains non-English text. Update texts in English. Yes.
Dark Image Your image is too dark. Upload lighter image. Yes.
Images Contain Text Your visuals contain text. Remove text and reupload. Yes.
White Background Required Your images do not have white background. Clean background and reupload. Yes.
Center Objects Your subjects are not centered to the canvas. Center and reupload. Yes.
Professional Photography Needed Your photography quality is low. Work with a photographer. Yes.
Move Technical Drawings Your images contain technical drawings. Replace technicals with other images. Yes.
Zoom Out Slightly Your subjects are too close. Zoom out. Yes.
Zoom In Slightly Your subjects are too far away. Zoom in. Yes.
Crowded Main Image Your main image is a collage. Use a single image. Yes.
Remove Borders Your images contain borders. Remove borders. Yes.
Colors Too Saturated Image colors are too saturated. Destaurate and reupload. Yes.
Remove or Reduce Shadows Your subject or object has (fake) shadow. Reduce or remove shadow. Yes.
Remove or Reduce Reflections Your subject or object has (fake) reflections. Reduce or remove reflections. Yes.
Increase Brightness and Contrast Your images are dark and not sharp. Increase Brightness and Contrast. Yes.
Presentation is Too Technical Your presentation is too technical. Make it aesthetic and visual. Yes.
Images Oversaturated Your images are too bright. Decrease light. Yes.
No Weapons Your objects are not centered to the canvas. Center and reupload. Yes.
Duplicate Images You uploaded the same image for multiple image slots. Use unique images for each slot. Yes.
Rendering Needs Improvement Your rendering quality is low. Get help from a renderer. Yes.
       
2.5 REJECTED (R2) - CLASS.2
Socially Inappropriate Image The image you uploaded is not appropriate because it is socially not desired. Modify or cencor your design No.
Corrupt Image The image you uploaded cannot be displayed properly. Re-upload your images. No.
Wrong Image You have uploaded a wrong image or possibly you have entered the descriptions of a different design or uploaded the image of another design, or the category of the work does not match with the selected one. Replace existing images. No.
Multiple Design Confusion You have submitted multiple designs or projects as a single entry. You can either submit these distinct designs under different categories or remove the other designs from the submission and leave the main image only. Remove some of the designs from the single entry. No.
Licensed The design you have entered either is very similar to a licensed or previously patented or copyrighted design, product or idea. Delete your submission or modify your design to make it distinct. No.
Unclear Design We cannot understand your design from the images you have uploaded and description you have provided. Clarify your design with images and text. No.
Spam Submission Your submission appears to be spam. Delete your submission. No.
Identifiable Your design is identifiable; the name of the designer or the company is clearly seen. Remove Logo and Texts from images. No.
Main Image Missing Your entry is missing the main image. Upload Main Image. No.
No Weapons You have uploaded weapons. Delete your submission. No.
       
2.6 REJECTED (R3) - CLASS.3
Already Submitted You have already nominated the design under a different entry. Do not nominate, but you can keep it. No. Already Nominated.

TABLE 2. LIKERT SCALE (LIKELIHOOD) OF WINNING

Score

What does it mean?

Suggested Action

Winner

Runner-Up

Participant

10 If nominated, your design is highly likely to win a Platinum or Gold A' Design Award. Your design is very less likely to receive runner-up or participant status. If jury requested changes, update your design and proceed with nomination. If jury did not request any changes, proceed with nomination. 99% - 97% 01% - 02% 00% - 01%
9 If nominated, your design is highly likely to win a Gold or Silver A' Design Award. Your design is very less likely to receive runner-up or participant status. If jury requested changes, update your design and proceed with nomination. If jury did not request any changes, proceed with nomination. 97% - 95% 03% - 05% 00% - 01%
8 If nominated, your design is highly likely to win a Silver or Bronze A' Design Award. Your design is very less likely to receive runner-up or participant status. If jury requested changes, update your design and proceed with nomination. If jury did not request any changes, proceed with nomination. 95% - 90% 05% - 10% 00% - 01%
7 If nominated, your design is highly likely to win a Bronze or A' Design Award. Your design is less likely to receive runner-up, very less likely to receive participant status. If jury requested changes, update your design and proceed with nomination. If jury did not request any changes, proceed with nomination. 90% - 80% 10% - 20% 00% - 01%
6 If nominated, your design is likely to win a A' Design Award. Your design is less likely to receive runner-up status and your design is very less likely to receive participant status. If jury requested changes, update your design and proceed with nomination. If jury did not request any changes, proceed with nomination. 80% - 70% 20% - 30% 01% - 05%
5 If nominated, your design is less likely to win a A' Design Award and more likely to become a Runner-Up.Your design is very less likely to receive participant status. If jury requested changes, update your design and proceed with nomination. If jury did not request any changes, proceed with nomination. 40% - 30% 60% - 70% 01% - 05%
4 If nominated, your design is very less likely to win a A' Design Award and very more likely to become a Runner-Up. Your design is very less likely to receive participant status. If jury requested changes, update your design and proceed with nomination. If jury did not request any changes, proceed with nomination. 10% - 05% 90% - 95% 01% - 05%
3 If nominated, your design is unlikely to win a A' Design Award, less likely to become a Runner-Up and more likely to receive Participant status. Do not nominate as is. Improve both the design and presentation, after changes resubmit for re-evaluation. 00% - 01% 40% - 60% 40% - 60%
2 If nominated, your design is unlikely to win a A' Design Award, less likely to become a Runner-Up and more likely to receive Participant status. Do not nominate as is. Improve both the design and presentation, after changes resubmit for re-evaluation. 00% - 01% 20% - 25% 75% - 80%
1 If nominated, your design is unlikely to win a A' Design Award, less likely to become a Runner-Up and more likely to receive Participant status. Do not nominate as is. Improve both the design and presentation, after changes resubmit for re-evaluation. 00% - 01% 05% - 10% 90% - 85%
0 If nominated, your design is very unlikely to win a A' Design Award, very less likely to become a Runner-Up and highly likely to receive Participant status. Do not nominate as is. Improve both the design and presentation, after changes resubmit for re-evaluation. 00% - 00% 00% - 01% 99% - 99%

 

Discounts
Entries that receive a preliminary score of 9 or 10 are eligible for merit-based discounts to reduce nomination fees. Please kindly note that these discounts only relate to nomination fees and differ for each account type as well as entry methods. Please see the table below for a better understanding.

TABLE 3. PROFESSIONAL EDITION NOMINATION FEE DISCOUNTS
Score Account Type
  Enterprise Agency Professional Non-Profit Academic Young Start-Up Media Government 
10 10 % 10 % 20 % 10 % 20 % 20 % 20 % 20 % 10 %
9 - - 10 % - 10 % 10 % 10 % 10 % -


TABLE 4. DIGITAL EDITION NOMINATION FEE DISCOUNTS
Score Account Type
  Enterprise Agency Professional Non-Profit Academic Young Start-Up Media Government 
10 10 % 10 % 20 % 10 % 20 % 50 % 20 % 20 % 10 %
9 - - 10 % - 10 % 20 % 10 % 10 % -

You can learn the differences between Professional Edition and Digital Edition here.

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