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Entering the competition
Who can enter?
The competition is open to students studying at universities and colleges in the UK and Republic of Ireland. We also welcome entries from recent graduates who graduated no earlier than January 2013.
Registration and entry is free.
What’s the closing date?
How do I enter?
Entries for Design In Sight 2014 are now closed.
What should my submission consist of?
- A research summary (PDF, maximum 2 x A4 pages – portrait or landscape) detailing what you did and what you found out, including:
- Who you spoke to and what method(s) you used
- What your findings are, including a ‘one sentence hypothesis’ for your brand
- How your findings/hypothesis influenced the design brief
- A design brief (PDF, maximum 1 x A4 page – portrait or landscape), which will outline:
- The situation for the brand (based on your findings)
- The resultant design objectives
- The re-imagined design for your chosen brand (PDF – portrait or landscape):
- 1 x A3 of pack design(s) at lifesize (page size permitting)
- 1 x A3 for each additional touchpoint (at least one of identity, brochure, advertising, digital or point of sale)
None of the pages should include your name or institution (we’re anonymously judging – we’ll add these on if exhibited as part of the shortlist) but just your entry number in the top right hand corner.
Can I send part of my submission by post?
Can we enter as a team?
What are the rules?
The competition process / key dates
What happens when?
- 8 October 2013- website opens for registration
- 28 February 2014 – submissions deadline
- March 2014 – shortlisting and judging
- 7 April 2014 – shortlist announced
- 14 June 2014 – shortlist exhibition and awards evening
Where do I start
We realise the design research element of this competition might be a bit daunting at first – but don’t panic. Much more than just another design competition, we want the journey to be a great experience for you. We’ll be using our website, Facebook and Twitter to give you lots of hints and tips about design research and to help guide you through the process.
Some universities/colleges have also integrated the competition into the course, whereas some of you might be entering as an extra-curricular activity. Either way – you might want to let your tutor know you’re entering too.
What should I do when?
We suggest you work out a timeline to ensure you have enough time to work through all aspects of your project – just as we would here at The Big Picture when receiving a brief from our clients. Here’s our suggestion:
- October – register and download the brief. Select a brand and start thinking about how you might research it
- November – start planning your research
- December/January – conduct your research, analyse your findings and write your design brief
- January/February – create your design work
- February – finalise your entry and submit before the deadline
The judging process and awards
Who’s judging the competition?
Find out about the panel members here.
What happens if I make the shortlist?
What’s on offer to the winning entrant?
The overall winner will receive a £500 cash prize plus a month paid internship at leading design agency Brand Opus and another paid month here at The Big Picture. That’s two months which allow you to experience the creative process from both sides.
If you enter as a pair, you’ll share the £500 and one winner will join us here at The Big Picture and the other at Brand Opus. The runner up will receive £250.