2017 Key Dates:

April 18
Entries Open

June 30

Entry Deadline

July 5

Late Entries

July 31
Judging Week

August 7
Finalists Announced

October 

Awards Night

Entry Process & Rules

Best Effect

Entry Criteria

To enter you will need to provide some information online, but the critcal financial and commercial information will be provided as a hard copy in confidence to the Designers Institute.

This information is submitted in confidence to the Designers Institute, it is not available to the public and is used for judging only.

Judges sign a Non Disclosure Agreement prior to judging.

Online

Scope: A description of the work.

Images: Images depicting the work.

Date: When the work was implemented and first went live.

Brief: The outcomes aimed for when the design work was begun.

Describe the customer insights that informed and guided the project through the design process.

What methods or approaches did the project take to gather insights and involve the user throughout the design?

Uploading Images

Upload up to 10 images in the order you want to present your work.
The first is your Hero Image.
Images should be 300dpi RGB jpegs sized to 210mm wide x 148mm high. Images are restricted to a maximum of 8MB each.

Video Submissions as additional Supporting Material
You can submit a short 90 second video as supporting material. Flythroughs, renders and process videos all add to help you communicate the process you went through. The same rules apply to videos as other supporting materials - the videos should not have identifiable references to your studio.
Simply upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube and include the URL as apart of the entry process.

Is there a time restriction on when the project was completed?
If you deem the project is still relevant there is no time restriction on when the project was released.

In Confidence:

Investment: The cost to the client organisation of the design work.

Effect: What has the design delivered, for example; response rates, cost savings, satisfaction levels, sales increases.

Bottomline: Positive impact on a key organisation metric and how the design effect has driven that improvement.

Supporting Material

Submit Confidential Information by Friday 12 August

Courier Address for Confidential Information:

Attention CEO Cathy Veninga
Designers Institute of New Zealand
Ground Floor, Suite 5
27 Gillies Avenue
Newmarket
Auckland

Graphic

Entry Criteria

All work that has been commercially released by July 31 2017 is eligible for entry to the 2017 Best Awards.

You may enter your work in more than one category, or a subcategory, where appropriate.

Images

Upload up to 10 images in the order you want to present your work.
Hero image is your first upload.
300dpi RGB jpegs sized to 210mm wide x 148mm high.
Images are restricted to a maxiumm of 8MB each.

Explaining your work.

Explain your project so that the judges are able to understand the brief and context, the thinking, the concept and the execution – refer Evaluation Criteria.
Up to 400 words.
11pt font.

Keeping your work anonymous

It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the project images, explanation or supporting material.

Supporting Material

Delivery to the Designers Institute office by Friday 8 July

The judges encourage you to send additional supporting material such as a book or poster to the Designers Institute as judges will take these into consideration in the judging process.

Your entry number must be attached to any supporting material
It is the responsibility of the entrant to courier the supporting material
Supporting material can be returned by paying a courier fee during the online entry process
If your supporting material is to be returned outside of New Zealand you will need to include in your package your return courier ticket. We dont return outside of New Zealand.
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material

Address for supporting material:
Designers Institute of New Zealand
Ground Floor, Suite 5
27 Gillies Avenue
Newmarket
Auckland

Videos as additional Supporting Material

Short 90 second video
Flythroughs, renders and process videos
Simply upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube
Include a URL as part of the entry process
Ensure that the link is live for the judging in August
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible on the video

Interactive

Entry Criteria

All work that has been commercially released by July 31 2017 is eligible for entry to the 2017 Best Awards

You may enter your work in more than one category where appropriate
How to enter your work

Images
Upload 10 images online in the order you want to present your work
Hero Image to be your first image
300dpi RGB jpegs sized 210mm x 148mm high
Images are resrticted to a maximum of 8MB each

Explain your project
Explain your project so the judges understand the brief and context, the thinking, the concept and the execution – refer Evaluation Criteria
Up to 400 words
11pt font

Keeping your work anonymous
It is critical that the name for the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the online entry, explanation, video or URL supporting material.

Supporting Material
Delivery to the Designers Institute office by Friday 8 July.
The judges encourage you to send additional material such as videos, disc, USB.

Submit videos, discs, USB to the Designers Institute
Your Entry Number is sent with this supporting material
It is the responsibility of the entrant to courier the supporting material
Supporting material can be returned by paying courier fees during the online process
If your supporting material is to be returned outside of New Zealand you will need to include in your package your return courier ticket. We dont return outside of New Zealand
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material
Ensure the link is still live for judging in August
Adddress for supporting material:

Designers Institute of New Zealand
Ground Floor, Suite 5
27 Gillies Avenue
Newmarket
Auckland

Supporting Material

Delivery to the Designers Institute office by Friday 8 July.
The judges encourage you to send additional material such as videos, disc, USB.

Submit videos, discs, USB to the Designers Institute
Your Entry Number is sent with this supporting material
It is the responsibility of the entrant to courier the supporting material
Supporting material can be returned by paying courier fees during the online process
If your supporting material is to be returned outside of New Zealand you will need to include in your package your return courier ticket. We dont return outside of New Zealand
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material
Ensure the link is still live for judging in August
Adddress for supporting material:

Designers Institute of New Zealand
Ground Floor, Suite 5
27 Gillies Avenue
Newmarket
Auckland

Moving Image

Entry Criteria

Online Entering
Is your work eligible?

All work that has been commercially released by July 29 2017 is eligible for entry to the 2017 Best Awards
You may enter your work in more than one category where appropriate
How to enter your work
Images

Upload 10 images online in the order you want to present your work
Hero Image to be your first image
300dpi RGB jpegs sized 210mm x 148mm high
Images are resrticted to a maximum of 8MB each
Explain your project

Explain your project so the judges understand the brief and context, the thinking, the concept and the execution – refer Evaluation Criteria
Up to 400 words
11pt font
Keeping your work anonymous
It is critical that the name for the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the online entry, explanation, video or URL supporting material.

Supporting Material

Delivery to the Designers Institute office by Friday 8 July.
The judges encourage you to send additional material such as videos, disc, USB.

Submit videos, discs, USB to the Designers Institute
Your Entry Number is sent with this supporting material
It is the responsibility of the entrant to courier the supporting material
Supporting material can be returned by paying courier fees during the online process
If your supporting material is to be returned outside of New Zealand you will need to include in your package your return courier ticket. We dont return outside of New Zealand
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material
Ensure the link is still live for judging in August
Adddress for supporting material:
Designers Institute of New Zealand
Ground Floor, Suite 5
27 Gillies Avenue
Newmarket
Auckland

Ngā Aho

Entry Criteria

Award Eligibility
The Award is open to any designers, design businesses, design collaborations, or design clients, who believe their project aligns with the Award Kaupapa / Purpose.

Credits

Studios/Company:

Enter the names of the:

• Client
• Design Director(s)
• Creative Director(s)
• Design Team
• Contributors
- Individual name or company only
- Don't list the 'role' of each contributor
Changes:
Sorry we WON'T make changes once you have submitted the entry.

Please confirm all credits with your Design Director/Client before doing the final submission online. Names omitted will NOT appear on the website, be read out on the Awards evening, be included on the certificates, nor be included in the Best Design Awards Annual.

Uploading Images
Upload up to 10 images in the order you want to presenbt your work.
The first is your Hero Image.
Images should be 300dpi RGB jpegs sized to 210mm wide x 148mm tall. Images are restricted to a maximum of 8MB each.

You have available, around 400 words 11pt font size, to explain your project so that the judges are able to understand the brief, the process and the solution. Refer Evaluation Criteria for more detail and to understand how judges will consider work submitted.

NOTE: It is important that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the online entry or supporting material.

Supporting Material

Supporting Material - delivered to the Designers Institute office by Friday 18 July

The judges highly recommend that you send additional supporting material such as a book or poster to the Designers Institute as judges will take these into consideration in the judging process.
During the entry process online, you can elect to pay for supporting material to be returned to you by the Designers Institute following judging
Ensure your ENTRY NUMBER is sent with any supporting material
It is the responsibility of the entrant to courier the supporting material
If your supporting material is to be returned outside of New Zealand you will need to include in your package your return courier ticket. We dont return outside of New Zealand
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material

NOTE: It is important that the name of the entrant / studio is not visible anywhere on the supporting material

Address for Supporting Material

Designers Institute of New Zealand
Ground Floor,Suite 5
27 Gillies Avenue
Newmarket
Auckland

Video Submissions as additional Supporting Material

• You can submit a short 90 second video as supporting material.
• Flythroughs, renders and process videos all add to help you communicate the process you went through.
• The same rules apply to videos as other supporting materials - the videos should not have identifiable reference to your studio.
• Simply upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube and include the URL as apart of the entry process

Product

Entry Criteria

Is your work eligible?

If work is commercially released within the year of the awards, and a production sample accessible for the judges, then an entry is eligible for entry to the 2016 Best Awards
You may enter your work in more than one category, or subcategory, where appropriate
How to enter your work
Images

Upload 10 images online in the order you want to present your work
Hero Image to be your first image
300dpi RGB jpegs sized 210mm x 148mm high
Images are resrticted to a maximum of 8MB each
For all categories except Student and Concept/Experimental, all images MUST be photographic
Photographic images must be of production product, images of rapid prototypes and models are not acceptable
CAD rendered images may be used ONLY to explain operations or details not evident in external photographs of the product
Explain your project

Explain your project so the judges understand the brief and context, the thinking, the concept and the execution – refer Evaluation Criteria
Up to 400 words
11pt font size

Sustainable Product Award

All entries for the Sustainable Product Award must also be entered in one of the other product categories
Only products accepted as finalist for those categories will be eligible for the Sustainable Product Award
Keeping your work anonymous

Supporting Material

It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the online entry, explanation or supporting material.

The judges encourage you to send additional material such as product samples.

Delivery of supporting material:

An email (EDM) will go out to Product Entrants on the 20th July advising when and where to send their Product samples
Judging will be at AUT WA224A and 224B - a map will be provided on the EDM as to the exact location of the judging rooms
Delivery of the product samples will be Wednesday 3rd August between 2.30pm and 4.00pm
PLEASE NOTE it is a MUST that a finished example not a protoype is sent for judging (unless Concept & Experimental). Judges WILL look at the quality of how the product is finished.
The Entry Number must be attached to the supporting material
It is the responsibility of the entrant to have the entry delivered & collected at their own expense
Students are NOT required to submit product samples
Pick up of supporting material

Ensure the freight/courier compamy knows what item they are picking up for the DINZ team to locate
Any Product samples not picked up by 5.00pm Friday 5th August will be left and any cost to AUT to dispose of them will be forwarded to the entrant
Keeping your work anonymous
Once again, it is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material.

Video as additional Supporting Material

Short 90 second video
Flythroughs, renderings or videos which explain usability, context or functionality
Simply upload your video to vimeo or YouTube
Include a URL as part of the entry process- Ensure the link is still live for the judging in August
Keeping your video anonymous
Once again, it is critical that the name of the designer / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the video.

Public Good

Entry Criteria

Public Good

Online Entering
Is your work eligible to enter?

• All work that has been commercially released by June 30 2016 is eligible for entry to the 2016 Best Awards
How to enter your work?
Images

• Upload up to 10 images in the order you want to present your work
• Hero image is your first upload
• 300dpi RGB jpegs sized to 210mm wide x 148mm high
• Images are restricted to a maxiumm of 8MB each
Explain your project

• Up to 400 words
• 11pt font
Keeping your work anonymous
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the project images, explanation or supporting material.

Supporting Material

Supporting Material
Delivery to the Designers Institute office by Friday 8 July

The judges encourage you to send additional supporting material such as a book or poster to the Designers Institute as judges will take these into consideration in the judging process.

• Your entry number must be attached to any supporting material
• It is the responsibility of the entrant to courier the supporting material
• Supporting material can be returned by paying a courier fee during the online entry process
• If your supporting material is to be returned outside of New Zealand you will need to include in your package your return courier ticket. We dont return outside of New Zealand
• It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material
Address for supporting material:
Designers Institute of New Zealand
Ground Floor, Suite 5
27 Gillies Avenue
Newmarket
Auckland

Videos as additional Supporting Material

• Short 90 second video
• Flythroughs, renders and process videos
• Simply upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube
• Include a URL as part of the entry process
• Ensure that the link is live for the judging in August
• It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible on the video

Spatial

Entry Criteria

All work that has been commercially released by July 31 2017 is eligible for entry to the 2017 Best Awards
You may enter your work in more than one category, or subcategory, where appropriate
How to enter your work
Images

Upload 10 images online in the order you want to present your work
Hero Image to be your first image
300dpi RGB jpegs sized 210mm x 148mm high
Images are restricted to a maximum of 8MB each
Explain your project

Explain your project so the judges understand the brief and context, the thinking, the concept and the execution – refer Evaluation Criteria
Up to 400 words
11pt font size
Keeping your work anonymous
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the online entry, explanation, or supporting material.

Supporting Material
Delivery to the Designers Institute office by Friday 8 July.

The judges encourage you to send additional material such as a mood boards, models to the Designers Institute to be taken into consideration in the judging process.

Your Entry Number must be attached to supporting material
It is the responsibility of the entrant to courier supporting material
Supporting material can be returned by paying courier fees during the online entry process
If your supporting material is to be returned outside of New Zealand you will need to include in your package your return courier ticket. We dont return outside of New Zealand

Supporting Material

It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the online entry, explanation, or supporting material.

Supporting Material
Delivery to the Designers Institute office by Friday 8 July.

The judges encourage you to send additional material such as a mood boards, models to the Designers Institute to be taken into consideration in the judging process.

Your Entry Number must be attached to supporting material
It is the responsibility of the entrant to courier supporting material
Supporting material can be returned by paying courier fees during the online entry process
If your supporting material is to be returned outside of New Zealand you will need to include in your package your return courier ticket. We dont return outside of New Zealand
It is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material
Keeping your work anonymous
Once again, it is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on supporting material.

Address for supporting material
:
Designers Institute of New Zealand
Ground Floor, Suite 5

27 Gillies Avenue
Newmarket

Auckland

Video as additional Supporting Material

Short 90 second video
Flythroughs, renders and process videos
Simply upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube
Include a URL as part of the entry process
Ensure that the link is still live for the judging in August
Keeping your video anonymous
Once again, it is critical that the name of the entrant / studio / tertiary institution is not visible anywhere on the video.

Eligibility

Can I enter self-promotional work?

Self-promotional work (ie. identity for your own company) is eligible only if it was released commercially and distributed / made available to potential customers. We may ask for clarification for any entry.

Can I enter work if I am the client?

Definitely, clients can enter work, but if it was produced by an agency, check with them, they may have wanted to surprise you.

Can two companies enter the same project?

Two entrants can't enter the same piece of work. If you have collaborated on an entry, play nice and check if your collaborators plan to enter. In case of duplicate entries, only the first entry to be paid for will be accepted.

How many categories can I enter?

You can enter the same work in as many categories as you choose. The entry fee is charged on a per category basis.

What work will you accept?

Work must have been produced, published and released before 15 July of the entry year. If work has been previously entered it is ineligible.

Who can enter?

Anyone. You don't need to be a member of The Designers Institute to enter, however members (including AGDA members) pay discounted entry fees.

Entry Process

Can I enter the same work in more than one category?

You can enter the same item in as many categories as you choose. The entry fee is charged per category.

Can I start an entry then go back to it later?

Yes, you can edit entries as much as you like before the deadline closes. But once an entry is submitted and paid for it cannot be edited. Please check all details carefully.

Do you have a photoshop template I can work from?

Sure do. If you have a landscape image just use the entire canvas. For portrait images we've included a suggested mask but feel free to crop it any way you'd like. Download it here.

How do I enter the Best Design Awards?

You can enter online when our entries open in April 2017

Is a written rationale of the work required for the judges?

Yes. Entries should include a written description of the work when entering online, limited to 300 words. Judges read this information so think carefully about conveying the brief / objective / idea / solution.

Should images and text identify the studio or student?

No, there shouldn't be anything on your images or within the text submitted that identifies the entrant. Nor should any supporting boards or samples identify you. The work must be anonymous during judging.

What are the image specifications?

You need to upload at least one image per entry and a maximum of ten.
 Images should be 300dpi RGB jpegs sized to 210mm wide x 148mm tall. 
Images are restricted to 8MB each.

Judging

Do designers judge their own work?

No, never. A judge with a conflict of interest to a specific entry submits a ‘no vote’ and does not take part in discussion, evaluation or awarding that entry. This is enforced by the convenor at all times.

What is the role of the convenor?

The Convenor is not a judge. He or she selects and appoints a group of judges and facilitates the judging process. The Convenor ensures that all categories and work is judged fairly, that all judges are given equal opportunity to comment and provide critical input and he or she manages any conflicts of interest.

Who is the Head of Judges?

This role will normally be undertaken by the CEO of The Designers Institute unless otherwise agreed to by its Board. The HoJ selects and appoints Convenors in consultation with The Institute's Board, and can instruct judging panels to reconsider judging decisions where overall standards of quality or fairness and have not been achieved.

Who will be judging my work?

We select judges from the local industry in Australia and New Zealand and past winners of the Best Awards.

Prices and refunds

Can I cancel entries?

Entrants may cancel or remove Entries via written request (email us at events@dinz.org.nz) up until the entry deadline. The Designers Institute is under no obligation to refund payments made after entries close.

How much does it cost to enter?

The Best Design Awards costs $289 for each entry. We have special rates for students and Designers Institute and AGDA members. If you'd like to join the Institute prior to entering, visit dinz.org.nz.

Where does the money I spend on my entries go?

The Designers Institute is a not-for-profit organisation. Entry fees contribute to funding programmes like The Best Design Awards publishing and re-invested back into the awards programme. In doing so, we want the Best Design Awards to be recognised internationally and provide an archive of New Zealand visual culture.

Rules

Rules

Rules

Best Design Awards Entry and Competition Rules
1. Best Design Awards is a programme of the Designers Institute of New Zealand Inc (“Designers Institute”), PO Box 10 9423, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, designer@dinz.org.nz, phone: 09 529 1713, fax: 09 529 1714.
2. By entering, you acknowledge and accept the following terms and conditions.
3. Eligible Designers
3.1 Entry is open to any individual, group of individuals or company who has designed or commissioned a design,
3.2 Entrants under 18 years must have a parent/legal guardian contact the Designers Institute to confirm they have permission to enter, and agree to these rules.
3.3 Entrants do not need to be members of the Designers Institute, however, by entering, entrants agree that they will be bound and will abide by the Designers Institute Code of Ethics. Entry in the Best Design Awards does not constitute, nor carry the rights and benefits of, Designers Institute membership.
4. Eligible Works
4.1 Works entered into the Best Design Awards must have been released before 30th of July in the year of entry.
4.2 There is no restriction to when the work was created up till 30th July in the year of entry.
4.3 Entries (including all supporting information) must be received before 6.00pm NZST on the specified closing date, unless stated otherwise by the Organisers.
4.34 Works will not be eligible if they have been entered by another Entrant or submitted in a previous year, unless the work has been entered previously, but changed or updated, with the re-launch representing a significant design development.
4.5 No more than one entry may be entered for a single Work i.e. a studio or a client or other cannot enter the same Work.
4.6 Works must fit into one of the following classifications:
a) The Work has been produced for, and approved by the client. The following categories may be exempt from this requirement: Product Concept/Experimental, student entries
b) The Work has been produced by an agency or entrant pro-bono i.e without paid comission
c) The Entrant is also the client for the work, which falls into the self-promotion category;
d) Student Works eg Works created by a tertiary student at an accredited government learning institute, and accepted for coursework credit; or
e) The Work does not fit into the above classifications, but the Organisers have granted express written permission for the entry of the Work.
4.7 Works must also fit the criteria of at least one of the Awards Categories.
4.8 Works created solely for the purpose of entering competitions are not eligible. The following categories may be exempt from this requirement: Product Concept/Experimental, student entries
4.9 Submissions to the awards are only valid upon receiving payment in full of the entry free as specified by the Best Design Awards Organisers. Entry fees are not refundable as per dates stated under Refunds.
4.10 Without prejudice to the Organisers’ absolute discretion of entry under Rule 8.3, the Organisers may refuse to admit works which are pornographic, profane, discriminatory, inflammatory, illegal in content or in any other way offensive to a person or the principles of the Best Design Awards, the Designers Institute, or Designers Institute sponsors or members.
5. Awards Categories
5.1 The Best Design Awards categories are at the Organisers’ discretion and may be changed/added/varied without notice at any stage prior to judging.
5.2 The Organisers reserve the right to move any entry into a different category, at any time, without notice, if they deem that category to be most suitable.
6. Authorship, Contributors, Acknowledgment, Originality and Licensing
6.1 By submitting your entry, you warrant that:
a) that the Work submitted is original;
b) that you are the originator of the Work (or part of a group of originators);
c) that all originators, contributors, clients, and owners of the work consent to the entry and use of the Work in accordance with these Rules and the general requirements of the Best Design Awards;
d) if you have completed a Work as an employee, that you have gained the permission of your employer to enter the Work; and
e) that you have obtained any required licensing and/or permission to use comprising third-party materials (including typefaces, photography, vector images, trade marks, patents, and other licensed and/or copyrighted materials) for the Work to be entered, published, promoted etc. in accordance with these Rules and the general requirements of the competition.
6.2 Where any contributor/ author/ relevant client or employer objects to the entry, the Work may (in the absolute discretion of the Designers Institute and the Best Design Awards Organiser under Rule 8.3) not be accepted for submission to the Awards. The Organisers reserve the right to remove any entry where authorship and/or acknowledgement is disputed.
6.3 All significant contributors must be acknowledged with appropriate entry credits, and their contact details must be provided by the Entrant. The Organisers may contact contributors and Entrants to verify details, including authorship and contribution, and may require this information to be modified. Without prejudice to the Organisers’ absolute discretion of entry under Rule 8.3, entries with inadequate or contested contributor acknowledgment may be disqualified.
6.4 In the event judges query the eligibility of an Entry under this section, you will be required to provide documentary evidence (e.g. correspondence, records, design concepts, applicable patents and/or trademarks) to demonstrate the eligibility.
7. Designers Institute and Best Design Awards use of Works and Related Material
7.1 By entering you warrant that:
a) the Designers Institute has the right to reproduce all materials provided by the entrant(s), in whole or in part without payment of release of licensing or royalty fees to the holder of the publication rights and/or copyright;
b) the Designers Institute and the Organisers have permission to use, publish, broadcast, exhibit and promote the name, image, and the content of the submission, works, and any interviews or other material supplied to the Designers Institute/the Best Design Awards, in any way that the Designers Institute deems appropriate, including for the promotion, marketing and commercial motives of the Designers Institute, the Best Design Awards and their sponsors; and
c) Notwithstanding the above, you accept that the Organisers and the Designers Institute have no obligation to display, promote or publish any Work or Entry in any way.
7.2 By entering you warrant that you will use your best endeavours to comply with the reasonable requirements of the Designers Institute and the Organisers to obtain and use the Work in the manner described in Rule 7.1. You agree that you will provide the Organisers / Designers Institute with the opportunity to use, photograph and display the Work.
7.3 The Designers Institute and Organisers will use all reasonable efforts to acknowledge the Entry/Work originators and contributors in accordance with the information provided by the Entrant(s), wherever possible, in any publications by The Designers Institute and/or Organisers.
8. Absolute Discretion of the Designers Institute and Best Design Awards Judges
8.1 The decisions of the judges are final and are made at the sole and absolute discretion of the judges.
8.2 Without prejudice to the absolute discretion under Rule 8.3, if the Designers Institute establishes that an Entrant has broken the Awards Rules, the offending Entry shall be suspended from the Awards.
8.3 The Designers Institute and the Best Design Awards Organisers and judges retain an absolute discretion to, without reason or refund:
a) Disqualify an Entrant/Entry from the Awards;
b) Admit/exclude/remove Entries to the Awards;
c) Require any Entrant to modify their Entry;
d) Bar any Entrant from submitting further Entries (including in future Best Design Awards);
e) Refuse to judge an entry;
f) Change the competition dates, including entry, judgment and ceremony dates;
g) Change/replace the prizes without further notice;
h) Refuse future Designers Institute membership and/or revoke/suspend a Designers Institute membership on the grounds of an Entrant’s conduct with regards to these Awards; and/or
i) Strike off an award where a Work or Entrant is later found to be in breach of these Rules.
8.4 Further correspondence (if any) is at the sole discretion of the Designers Institute CEO.
9. Intellectual Property Rights Reserved
9.1 All rights related to the name “DINZ”, “Designers Institute of New Zealand”, “Best Design Awards” and associated images, branding, trade marks and all intellectual property are exclusively owned by the Designers Institute, and may not be used without the express written permission of the Designers Institute CEO.
10. Privacy and Contact Information
10.1 You hereby warrant that you and each significant contributor has authorised the entry of their personal details for these purposes and consented to participating in the Best Design Awards in accordance with the Entry and Competition Rules.
10.2 All contact details provided may be used from time-to-time by the Organisers and the Designers Institute for communications related to the Best Design Awards and promotion of other Designers Institute news and events.
10.3 All other personal information will be kept confidential and used solely by the Designers Institute for the purposes of the Best Design Awards. You can request access to and correction of your details at any time. You may unsubscribe at any time from our email database.
11. Prizes
11.1 Any prizes offered are non-transferrable, not substitutable with cash, and subject to change without notice.
12. Warranties
12.1 The Best Design Awards, Organisers, Designers Institute and its sponsors and members shall not be liable for any loss, injury, liability, expense or damage suffered by the Entrant(s) or any third party whatsoever, whether indirectly or directly, howsoever arising, including that resulting from the negligence of the Organisers and/or Designers Institute, by our cancellations, terminations, disqualifications, modifications, variations, or through the failure or omission on the part of Organisers and/or Designers Institute to comply with obligations under these Rules, or arising by operation of law and whether suffered by the Entrants, contributors and/or a third party for any amount that exceeds any entry fee actually paid by the Entrant to pursuant to these Rules.
12.2 Without prejudice to Rule 12.1, the Best Design Awards, Organisers, Designers Institute and its sponsors and members:
a) do not warrant the safety or protection of your property. Any property is entered and held at the Entrant’s risk;
b) will not be responsible for the content/editorial control for entries and associated information submitted by entrants, including the legality and/or veracity of that information;
c) do not make any claims or warranties as to the ownership of copyright or intellectual property of the designs entered in the Best Design Awards, and will assume no liability on work submitted accused of plagiarism, copyright issues, intellectual property rights issues or contractual disputes related to the entries and works submitted. The Entrants must take sole responsibility and in such case, the Entrant(s) shall indemnify the Designers Institute, the Best Design Awards and sponsors for any loss or damages and his/her/its admission to the competition shall be terminated immediately.
12.3 By entering, you warrant that you have the legal standing and relevant permissions to make the commitments required by these Rules and the general nature of the Best Design Awards, and that you indemnify the Best Design Awards, Organisers, Designers Institute and its sponsors for any loss or damage incurred (directly or indirectly) by you, a contributor or any third party, in relation to your entry in the Best Design Awards.
13. Cancellation of Entry
13.1 Entrants may cancel or remove Entries via written request (email us at events@dinz.org.nz) up until 5pm Friday 6th July 2016 after which point no Entries may be withdrawn.
13.2 Refunds The Designers Institute is under no obligation to refund payments made for either Student or Studio Entries from 5pm Friday 6th July 2016
14. Interpretation
14.1 Singular words include the plural and vice versa.
14.2 References to any party shall mean and include a reference to that party, its successor, executors or personal representatives (as the case may be), and transferees.
14.3 Any covenant on the Entrant not to do something shall also constitute an obligation not to suffer, permit, cause or assist any other person to do that thing.
14.4 Any reference to any legislation, regulation, or code includes reference to any modification, substitute for, c13.3 onsolidation or re-enactment of it.
14.5 In these Rules, the following definitions shall apply:
“Awards Categories”
Means the categories of awards available in the Best Design Awards, as specified from time to time by the Organisers
“Closing Date”
Means the final date that entries will be accepted by the Organiser for judgment in the Best Design Awards, as notified by the Organisers
“DINZ” or “Designers Institute”
Means the Designers Institute of New Zealand Incorporated
“Entrant” or “You”
Means the person submitting the Work for entry in the Best Design Awards
“Entry” or “Entries”
Means the Work(s) submitted in the Best Design Awards, together with any other documentation or materials, including the entry form
“Intellectual Property”
Means all and any patents, patent applications, trade marks, service marks, trade names, copyrights, know-how, trade secrets, domain names, rights in confidential information, and all and any other intellectual property rights, including all applications and rights to apply for any of the same
“Organisers”
Means the Designers Institute of New Zealand and its delegates and sponsors, in their capacity as proprietors/organisers of the Best Design Awards
“Work” or “Works”
Means the creative work product which is submitted for judgment in the Best Design Awards

Supporting Material

Are samples returned?

Yes, if you pay the courier fee at the end of the entry process. Product sector entrants can collect their work.

How can I submit supporting information?

Send all supporting material and boards in a plastic mail bag (one bag per entry), along with your entry confirmation slip attached to the bag (confirmation slip will be emailed to you once entry payments are made) to:

The Designers Institute
27 Gillies Ave,
Suite 3, Ground Floor
Newmarket,
Auckland 1023,
New Zealand

Product entry samples will be requested by the convener.

May I submit supporting information?

Supporting information can be used in the judging process.

• Graphics – submit samples of the work entered eg packaging, books, posters
• Spatial – mood boards. At the discretion of the judges and where possible there may be site visits
• Product – Product samples will be requested by the convener.

If the product is too large to transport, and at the Conveners discretion, we will arrange site visits where deemed necessary and possible.

Categories
  • Best Effect Award

    Best Effect Award

    Great organisations recognise that design is an investment.The Best Effect Award measures the return on the design investment and the impact of that return on the organisation’s overall performance.

  • Graphic

    • Business Communication

      This category includes both external and internal engagement work for a business or organisation. Annual reports, IPOs, profiles and internal communication collateral (digital and printed).

    • Colour Award

      This category celebrates outstanding, innovative and creative use of colour.

      Judges are looking for unexpected, delightful work that employs colour as a critical part the communication or message.

      It should challenge current design practice and thinking.

    • Design Communication

      Brochures, catalogues, campaigns, direct response, calendars, posters, street posters and billboards.

    • Design Craft

      Work may be entered in multiple subcategories within this category, provided each has been entered as a separate entry (and entry fee paid):

      - Computer generated imagery
      - Illustration
      - Photography
      - Typography

      Projects that qualify for this category are outstanding works of photography, typography, illustration, computer generated rendering/enhancement in the context of graphic design.

      The work may be commercial, social, cultural, environmental or informational in purpose, and will likely have typography, a brand, or other devices with it.

      Please ensure that you show both the specific work and the context for the overall project.

      Work that has no clear design purpose will not qualify, eg. fine art, photography or photojournalism.

    • Editorial and Books

      Book covers, complete books, magazine covers, magazine features

    • Environmental Graphics

      Signage and way-finding systems, interpretive graphics, trade shows and exhibition design, retail displays, street posters and billboards.

    • Large Brand Identity

      Comprehensive large organisation projects.

      - Commercial: Corporate, product, service or retail
      - Cultural: Arts, NGO, Not-for-profit, Government

      Judges will mark each sub category separately to assess finalists.

      Those judged Silver from both Commercial and Cultural will then be judged together for the selection of the Gold Pin(s).

    • Packaging

      - FMCG: Large volume, local and export products
      - Boutique: A start up or small scale enterprise

      Judges will mark each sub category separately to assess finalists. Those judged Silver and above from both FMCG and Boutique will then be judged together for the selection of the Gold Pin(s).

    • Self Promotion

      All graphic design work complete for your own practice

    • Small Brand Identity

      Small scale, boutique projects.

      - Commercial: SME, product, service, hospitality or retail
      - Cultural: Arts, NGO, Not-for-profit, Government

      Judges will mark each sub category separately to assess finalists.

      Those judged Silver and above from both Commercial and Cultural will then be judged together for the selection of the Gold Pin(s).

  • Interactive

    • Applications

      Kiosks, Mobile Applications, Games, and Web Applications

    • Interactive Marketing

      Apps or components supporting a larger marketing campaign including microsites, banners or campaign elements for existing websites. The entry must explain the wider marketing context of the entered work.

    • Large Scale Websites

      Full websites or components of exsisting websites, with budgets over $25,000. If a component, the entry must clearly state the scope of the entered work.

    • Small Scale Websites

      Full websites or components of existing websites with budgets under $25,000. If a component, the entry must clearly state the scope of the entered work.

  • Moving Image

    • Interactive

      Moving image within website/app/games etc

    • Long Form

      Animated or moving image graphic design created for film, broadcast, TV, internet or in-house videos.
      Over 90 seconds (e.g., film, music video channel idents)

    • Short Form

      Animated or moving image graphic design created for film, broadcast, TV, internet or in-house videos.
      Under 90 seconds (e.g., commercials)

    • Time Based Graphics

      Animated or moving image graphic design created for film, broadcast, TV, internet or in-house videos

  • Ngā Aho Award

    Ngā Aho Award

    Design that reflects a clear understanding of who we are by responding to our indigenous culture, heritage and sense of place. Ngā Aho recognises the collaborative practice of ‘co-design’ between designers and clients and between cultures.

  • Product

    • Colour Award

      The award recognises the outstanding and innovative application of colour in product design.

    • Concept/Experimental

      Concept and experimental design studies which have not been implemented.

    • Consumer

      Product for the retail market including appliances, electronic, household items, sporting and recreational products

    • Designed Objects

      Domestic consumer objects, artefacts and products that are produced in a low volume series or at least in part made by the designer.

    • Furniture

      Domestic, commercial and office furniture, kitchen and bathroom ‘furniture’

    • Lighting

      Domestic and commercial lighting products intended for either interior or exterior applications.

    • Non-Consumer

      Including agricultural, industrial, heavy equipment, transport, professional and medical products

    • Structural Packaging

      The overall 3 dimensional design, form, structure and ergonomics of structural packages used for distributing, protecting, and marketing at point of sale products including, but not limited to, manufactured goods, cosmetics or food.

      Emphasis in this category is the 3 dimensional structural design content of the package.

      Graphic content will only be considered where this is an integral part of the structure of the package.

    • Sustainable Product Design

      This award recognises outstanding examples of sustainable product design.

  • Public Good Award

    Public Good Award

    Design for Public Good recognises and celebrates work that has been undertaken for the welfare of communities and for public interest. Design for public good can result in a product, system, amenity, commodity or service typically provided without profit to all members of society or for underprivileged or at risk groups. The award demonstrates the important contribution design can make to social, cultural and community wellbeing, quality of life and identity.

  • Spatial

    • Built Environment

      This is an opportunity for entries whose project has included a significant architectural component as part of the design solution.

    • Colour Award

      This category recognises the innovative and creative use of colour within the built environment. This may include natural materials and other elements that contribute to the completed scheme.

    • Emerging Designer

      Entrants in the Emerging Designer category will be 35 years or younger submitting a realised project either wholly or substantially under their responsibility or leadership.

      Projects that might be entered in any of the other spatial categories are eligible for this award. The entrant must be 35 years of age or younger on the last day for entries to the awards programme.

    • Exhibition & Temporary Structures

      Exhibitions, installations, studios and stage sets

    • Healthcare

      Clinics, aged care, childcare, surgeries, hospitals

      Subcategories to enter:

      - Up to $3 million
      - Between $3 and $10 million
      - Over $10 million

    • Hospitality

      Bars, cafes, hotels, motels, lodges, retreats, spas

    • Offices and Workplace Environments

      Offices, factories, specialist facilities

    • Public and Institutional Spaces

      Hospitals, schools, community/conference centres, museums

    • Repurposed Spaces

      Entries in this category will reflect design solutions that transform existing spaces through renovation and demonstrate the challenges of working with existing spaces to find a solution that gives new life to an existing space.

      Shopping environments, banks, supermarkets, salons, showrooms, galleries, retail stores.
      Subcategories to enter:

      - Up to 150 square metres
      - Over 150 square metres

    • Residential

      Schemes for dwellings or home apartment, mobile home

    • Retail Environments

      Shopping outlets, banks, supermarkets, salons, showrooms, galleries, retail stores

    • Rooms

      A single space such as a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, reception

    • Spatial Design Communication

      This category recognises and celebrates the design process through recognition of the tools, processes and outputs required to realise a project.

      The project must have been realised and completed to be eligible for this category.

      Rendering, animation, sketches, models and other modes of presentation supporting the development of the design process on a given project may be entered. Examples include but are not limited to: developmental sketches and drawings, models, animations and fly-thru’s, finished renderings or similar.

      Entries will be assessed on the basis of:

      Appropriate media selection for intended outcome e.g. demonstrate that the selected media is appropriate for the purposes it was chosen. Why was it selected (best way of demonstrating intended outcome, cost, time)?
      Quality of execution e.g. present the information to its best effect demonstrating the quality of the output.
      Effectiveness of outcome e.g. demonstrate how the piece(s) impacted the project and the role they played in the ultimate outcome. Comparative images between design communication pieces submitted and the realised outcome along with explanations of differences (as the design process progressed) would be an advantage.

    • Sustainable Spatial Design

    • Unrealised Concept Projects

      Entries in this category will be projects either unrealised but of sufficient quality to warrant recognition, or purely conceptual ventures with no intent to be realised.

      Submissions must include material supporting the clear explanation of the project given its unbuilt or conceptual nature. This should include content outlining the purpose and intended outcomes for the project.

      If originally intended to be realised, an explanation of the reasons for incompletion would be an advantage.
      Entries will be assessed on the basis of the general evaluation criteria for realised projects

Judges