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Is there a PDF of the “Justified” call for entries?To print the call for entries as a PDF, go to the Call for Entries page, scroll to the bottom, and click Print. All questions in the online form are included on the Call for Entries page. Be sure to reference the website for any updates.
Do entries need to be mailed?
Do not send physical entries. The jury will review the images and descriptions online only.
What payment methods are accepted for entry fees?Only online credit card payments for entry fees will be accepted. AIGA accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
When are entry fees due?All entry fees must be received online no later than January 31at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Your entry will not be confirmed as received until entry fees are paid in full. Once payment is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation/receipt. Please save a copy for your records.
Do I need to be a member to participate in the
Nonmembers may submit work in AIGA’s competitions. Better yet:
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take advantage of reduced entry fees.
In order to receive the AIGA member rate, memberships must be active and in good standing before you begin. Rates cannot be adjusted after your work is entered.
If you are submitting entries on the behalf of someone else, be sure you
collect his or her AIGA log in credentials before your begin.
How can I find out if my membership is in good standing?Log into my.aiga.org to check your status at My Account.
How can I retrieve my password?Go to my.aiga.org and click Forgot your password?
When will selections be announced?Round 1: Juror selections will be announced by email in March 2014.Round 2: Juror selections will be announced in the fall of 2014.
Are there any examples of case studies I can reference?Yes, you may reference selections from 2012 and selections from 2013 online.
My work doesn’t fit neatly into any of the disciplines,
what do I do?
We understand that an entry might cross over several disciplines. You may select more than one. Please select the one(s) that most accurately
fit your design project. Judges have the right to reclassify entries from
one discipline to another or to select only components of a
submission for honors. (The discipline is for informational purposes only to give the judges an understanding of the project they are viewing on the screen and described in the narrative.)
What was the primary role of the designer in the project?In response to last year's jury, projects will be viewed with the role the designer assumes in mind. There are several options to pick from: Designer as activist, Designer as brand steward, Designer as craftsman, Designer as change agent, Designer as entrepreneur, Designer as author. If the options available don't describe the role of the designer for your project, you may select other.
Can I save my information and then return to continue?Yes. You will be able to log in to
complete your work until January 31 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. However, we
encourage you to prepare your entries in advance in a separate document
so you can upload the information in one session. If you are working
directly in the competition form, remember to click “Save and Continue” before you log out or navigate to another section. You won’t be able to make changes
or add entries after January 31.
After I submit my entries, can I return to edit or add more?Yes, you will be able to return later to edit, add or print entries until January 31 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. To do so, log into the competitions system and click “Your submissions” in the upper right hand navigation. You will see your submissions listed on one page. Next to each entry you will have the option to “Edit” or “Print PDF.” You may also add more entries by clicking the “Submit more entries” button at the top or bottom of the page.
Should I include the credit and caption in the layout of the image file? Or will there be a separate field to enter it?
Do not include the caption and credit in the layout of
the actual image file. For each image uploaded, there will be a separate field for caption and
Is the budget required?You are strongly encouraged to include budget and finance information. As a tool for learning, cases will be most useful if there is budget information. You may select the range that best matches the budget for your project.
I am trying to upload an image at 640 pixels wide, but when I click "Add Image," a message appears that they are 0 pixels wide. How can I solve that?Check to see all image specs are met. The image must be 640 pixels wide (height variable), 500 kb or less, 72 ppi. JPG, GIF or PNG file formats are accepted in RGB. File names should not contain any spaces or special characters with the exception of an underscore ( _ ).
My images won’t upload. How can I add them?Make sure credits and captions are included for each image. Click “Add Image” after each one.
What is the minimum number of images required to illustrate our story?Although the minimum number of images required to illustrate your story is only one, we recommend uploading at least four. This is the only visual representation of your work for the judges to review. If your work is selected, these images will be used to create an image gallery to accompany your case study.
What is the maximum number of images required to illustrate our story?The maximum number of images is 12.
What should be put in the Image Credit field?For image credits, we are looking for photographer credits: “Image courtesy of _______.”
I’ve followed the instructions, but I am still not able to upload my image. What should I do?Let’s try again. Image specs must be:640 pixels wide500 KB or less72 dpiQuality 12
To do so, open the image in Photoshop > File > Save As > Entrytitle_001.jpg > Save > Quality 12, Baseline (Standard) > OK.If there are any spaces in the file name, please replace them with an underscore ( _ ). Do not use any other special characters. Example 1: Entrytitle_001.jpgExample 2: Entrytitle_002.jpgYou may need to rename the file and upload the image again. Firefox is the preferred browser. Be sure to include a caption and credit for each image. After each image, click the “Add image” button.After the last image has been uploaded, click “Save and Continue" to proceed to the next section.If this does not resolve the issue, please email the competitions team with your username and password along with one of the images you are trying to upload and a screenshot of any error message you receive.
What is placemaking design?The categories for the “Justified” competition include a range of design disciplines. “Placemaking design” is used to describe design for public spaces/urban and community development. An example might be “Pavement to Parks.”
How do I submit a website with my case study?
Websites are optional. They are not required for judging. To submit one, please include the direct URL for the website in the “Additional Information” section plus upload three or more screenshots
from the website in the "Images and video" section of the online form.
All supplemental support for your case study must launch within an offline browser. Keep in mind that if your entry is selected, we may link to the website from the published case study. If the website will not be available for future viewing, you may also want to include a link to a video showing the website in use.
How do I submit a video with my case study?Videos are optional. They are not required for judging. If you have produced a video or reels to support your case study, then by all means submit
it! All supplemental support for your case study must launch within an offline browser.
Judges will only be able to review work online, so please add the direct URL in the Video section under “Project images and video.” You may also want to include a screenshot as an image for the image gallery.
How long should a video be?Videos are optional. They are not required for judging. If you would like to supplement your entry with video, it should be no longer than three minutes. Examples AIGA members and entrants have shared include: “Uniqlo 'Storms' Pinterest” (length 2:17) and “buildOn” (length 2:10).
How do I submit an app or a game with my case study?
Apps and games are optional. They are not required for judging. All digital media projects must launch within an offline browser.
For mobile or tablet apps, we suggest providing a download link for
the app (the jury will not be able to purchase it), as well as a direct URL to a
video showing the app in use and explaining its features. Keep in mind that if your entry is selected, we may link to the website from the published case study.
How will the judges understand my grand
For large scale projects (i.e., themed environments, trade shows and
exhibitions), case studies can be illustrated with stills-images. If the project involves moving or
electronic components you may elect to add a
video that will launch within an offline browser.
What will the jury consider when reviewing entries?The jury will consider:
The criteria for judging are:
How will the work be judged?
There will be multiple rounds of judging. During Round 1, the work will be reviewed online, by jurors independently. Entries will then be promoted by the jurors for review and discussion as a group. Selections will be based on the strength of concept or idea and the success of
formal execution and aesthetics. The jury will then invite the strongest
contenders to participate in Round 2 (March 2014). Entrants will provide detail on the design process and its
effectiveness in order to be considered in the final round. During the final round, all jurors must participate as a group to review the semi-finalist and make recommendations for the final selections.
Will selections be published?Yes, AIGA will publish selected entries on AIGA.org. By entering “Justified: AIGA Design Competition” you also grant permission for AIGA to reproduce images and descriptions of selected case studies in competitions-related publications; on its website(s); in any ensuing exhibition of the competitions’ selections; and for educational and AIGA-related promotional purposes. Notifications will be mailed late summer. Selections will be announced in the fall. View selections from past competitions on AIGA.org (2012 selections, 2013 selections).
The project I want to submit was done in very limited
quantities/was very expensive. What are my options?
No physical entries need to be submitted for “Justified: AIGA Design
Competition,” so you are encouraged to enter. The jury will review the images and descriptions you
submit online only. Please upload images that best represent your project.
Will there be a “365 | Design Effectiveness” competition this year?You may enter your project in “Justified,” which
represents the next generation of AIGA’s competitions.
Will there be a “50 Books/50 Covers” competition this year?
Now in its third year, “Justified”
represents the next generation of AIGA’s competitions. A partnership with Design Observer gives you the opportunity to nominate a book for consideration in this year’s competition. Details to be announced later.
Can I submit the same projects in both “Justified” and “50 Books/50 Covers” for this year?Yes! You are encouraged to enter your work in both competitions.
Still have questions? For further information or questions, please contact the competitions team.
Office hours: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Eastern (Monday-Friday)Email will be monitored during the evenings and weekends, so please use the contact form to email the competitions team with your questions and comments. The office will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
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After much deliberation and lively discourse, the AIGA board voted yesterday to proceed with negotiations to sell the AIGA national headquarters building at 164 Fifth Avenue in New York. The national board, advisory board, chapter leadership, medalists, past presidents, past board members and general membership were all part of this conversation, and the debate on the issue has been essential to our decision making process.
NEW YORK—November 15, 2013. This
week AIGA, the professional association for design, announced the 2013
results of “Justified: AIGA Design Competition.” Nearly 300 design projects were submitted to the annual competition, to
be judged on strength, concept, impact, methodology and success of
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