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This page explain A’ Design Award & Competitions’ Platinum Edition Participation Method.

Platinum Edition
Do you believe that your design is truly world-class? Do you sincerely think that no other design could beat it in terms of functionality, aesthetics, and utility? Do you consider any adjective other than “the greatest design ever” disgraceful? Then apply through the Platinum Edition. Platinum Edition is a special participation method to A’ Design Award & Competition with a unique set of conditions and requirements.

Special Conditions
If you apply through Platinum Edition, after voting, if your entry is given enough score to receive a Platinum or Gold award status for the category you applied for, your entry will be considered a Professional Edition winner; you will get all the benefits of winning the A’ Design Prize. However, if you apply through Platinum Edition, and after voting, if your design does not receive enough votes to get a Platinum or Gold award status for the category you applied for, your entry will be considered a Digital Nomination in Category 999; i.e. your entry will not be featured in the yearbook, nor in your profile; winning the concealed category will help towards your rankings and if you wish, you could still download digital deliverables such as certificates or take part in our digital edition initiatives and clubs.

Same Evaluation
Both the Platinum Edition and the Professional Edition share the same design evaluation principles and methodology; voting system, preliminary checks, design award jury, score points and weights are the same and the design jury members do not know which design is submitted to the Platinum Edition and which design are submitted to the Professional Edition. Given this definitions, both entry methods “Professional Edition” and “Platinum Edition” are same when the evaluation principles and methodology is concerned. Furthermore, the submission mechanism and presentation requirements are exactly the same for both the “Professional Edition” and “Platinum Edition” to ensure that entries received via both methods could be evaluated on equal grounds. Entries nominated via Platinum Edition could also request the Express Evaluation Service. The Platinum Edition participation method is opent to any design award category.

Why go for Platinum?
The Platinum Edition was created for two types of entrants. Firstly, those who cannot accept anything less than Gold as an award status; for example large enterprises, businesses and brands, or very famous designers and architects; for them the Platinum Edition participation ensures that their design award status would be Platinum, Gold or nothing. Taking part in Platinum Edition decreases the perfectionist risk of getting a Silver, Bronze or Iron award status, which some PR Companies would rather their clients not to have. Participation to the Platinum Edition is discounted for young, upcoming, freelancer and independent designers, artists and architects who are not affiliated with a corporation, brand or institution. Thus, the Platinum Edition participation method provides an accessible way for truly talented designers who are very confident about their work to join the competition in a discounted manner.

How to Join Platinum Edition?
To join the Platinum Edition, prospective participants should purchase a “Platinum Edition Nomination Ticket” and nominate their designs using the code on the ticket. Costs and ticket purchase links for joining the “Platinum Edition” are given below. Before buying a nomination ticket, you might want to understand different account types.

Table 1. Platinum Edition Nomination Tickets
Account Type # Submissions Cost per Submission Purchase Link
Non-Profit
Design Professional
1 425 € to 575 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Academic
Universities
1 350 € to 500 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Government
Government Bodies
1 425 € to 575 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Design Association
Non-Profit or Government
1 350 € to 500 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Professional*
Design Professional
1 250 € to 400 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Young*
Young Designer
1 175 € to 325 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Start-Up*
Established in the last 3 years.
1 250 € to 400 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Media
Publication Companies
1 575 € to 875 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Agency
Creative Companies
1 575 € to 875 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Enterprise
Product Manufacturer or Service Provider
1 1.350 € to 2.000 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
* While Platinum Edition costs more than regular edition for most account types, for Professional, Young and Start-Up members it costs less.

Upgrading or Migration to Professional Edition
Upgrading from Platinum Edition to Professional edition is possible (optional: not obliged) before results are announced and the upgrade service is subject to the Professional Edition Upgrade fee based on the entry period. Migration to Professional Edition (i.e. change after resul40ts announcement) is possible as well: If a design was nominated through Platinum Edition, it could be migrated to Professional Edition, within a one-week period, after the competition results are announced, the migration is subject to a fee which is calculated based on the cost of additional deliveries and production required. Platinum Edition winners could pay the “Edition Migration Fee” to receive the winners’ kit that is proposed to “Professional Edition” participants for Silver Bronze and A' Design Award (Iron) Status. The cost of the migration is calculated as a sum of all items that shall further be included such as Gala-Night invitation, Yearbook preparation and Inclusion, Exhibition items preparation and other services and overhead costs. The total cost is set at 1.800 Euros for Silver, Bronze and A’ Design (SBA) Award winners, including any eventual tax and there are no discounts available for multiple entries. Platinum and Gold Design Award winners (PG) will get automated upgrades to Professionel Edition. These cost does not include the eventual shipment of winners’ kit or any other additional services since winners’ kit for example could be picked up from the gala-night or exhibition free of charge. Upgrade to Professional Edition is indeed not recommended and is also not obliged; we suggest entrants to join “Professional Edition” to save time and resources. Likewise the Professional Edition, there are no further or obligatory fees from Platinum Edition Winners. A' Design Award and Competition reserves the right to provide complimentary Edition Upgrade and Migration services for select featured projects, young designers or design ambassadors. Please kindly note that if you have ordered the "Express Evaluation Service" and got early results announcement for your entry, you can not "Upgrade" to Professional Edition; you should use the "Migration" option instead. Click here to learn the current competition period; late, early or standard.

  EDITION UPGRADE & MIGRATION
The nomination fees are given here are for Digital Edition entry only.
Early* Standard** Late***
Upgrade to Professional Edition (Before Results Announcement)
Upgrade is only available before results are announced.
150 € 200 € 250 €
SBA Migration to Professional Edition (After Results Announcement)
Migration is only available after results are announced.
1.800 € 1.800 € 1.800 €

Table 2. Upgrade or Migration to Professional Edition
Service Name Total Cost1 Purchase Link
Early Upgrade to Professional Edition
Before Results Announcement
150 € Buy Now.
Standard Upgrade to Professional Edition
Before Results Announcement
200 € Buy Now.
Late Upgrade to Professional Edition
Before Results Announcement
250 € Buy Now.
SBA Migration to Professional Edition
After Results Announcement, for Silver, Bronze and A' Winners.
1.800 € Buy Now.

Good to Know: Your entry would be voted regularly, jury will not know which edition you join. It is also important to know we cannot “delete” your entry in case you did not win a Platinum or Gold award, as doing so effects our voting mechanism which should account for any design submitted when calculating z-scores and ranking of entries, thus your entry will become concealed instead of being removed.

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