There are several factors to consider when entering a competition for an award.
To help you prepare your entry to the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards, we’ve pulled together some useful hints and tips.
CHARM THE JURY
Go through the following best practices to win over the jury members:
1. Make a perfect visual presentation.
2. Draw a clear explanation of what makes your entry better than the competition and clearly state how your idea is unique, functional, or interesting.
3. Update your presentation as many times as required, prior to the entry deadline date. Good visual and textual communication is crucial.
FIND THE RIGHT WORDS
MAKE THE READING EASIER: Make your application easy to read! Avoid industry jargon, superlatives and any acronym without first explaining what it stands for.
TWO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: The communications related to the competition systematically occur in the two official languages of Canada, namely English and French. The entries will be reviewed by an international jury. The texts for your project (intended for the web and the jury) will therefore be required in both English and French.
The platform will automatically translate your text from English to French, or vice versa, depending on the language in which you filled out your registration. If you are proficient in both languages, you will be able to correct the automatic translation if necessary.
A SIMPLE TEXT: For any and all texts, restrain from using “ALL CAPITALS”, resort to using “Title Case” fonts instead.
TALK ABOUT YOURSELF FROM A THIRD-PERSON: Your project description should be formal and written from a third-person perspective. Imagine how a magazine editor would feature your design and write the description accordingly. The information provided in your description will also be featured in press releases and publications. Even more reasons to find the right words!
CHOOSE A MODEST DESCRIPTION: Be modest and don’t overdo the superlatives to describe your project. “This glamorous premium prime project” does not sound good. Try to control your enthusiasm for the project and let the work speak for itself.
DO NOT CONCLUDE FOR THE JURY: Do not conclude for the jury: Say why you chose a particular feel or explain where the inspiration for a product came rather than state conclusions such as “my design is aesthetic because it…”. Let the experienced and knowledgeable jury members draw their own conclusions.
BE CONCISE: Be concise, but don’t lose the descriptive aspects of your project or product. Avoid explaining common issues. For example, don’t waste words explaining why that world needs a more energy-efficient green generator—the jury already knows. Instead focuse on how your solution is different.
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
You may upload up to ten (10) images per entry. Select images that give an overall view of the design and others with close-up shots.
Keep in mind that if you win, your photos will be posted on the Website, featured in INTÉRIEURS magazine, and showcased at the gala evening. Make these photos shine and truly showcase your project’s or product’s strengths.
Using a stand-in model to show your product dimensions or to help understand your product’s function is a good idea, just as long as you remember to have a model-release form signed when doing so.
APPLY WHEN ELIGIBLE
Each design discipline has many sub-categories for you to choose from and many entries are eligible in more than one category.
To increase your chances of standing out, we recommend that you submit your projects or products in each of the categories that correspond to you.
A 50% discount is offered when entering your design in additional categories.
STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD
When registering your project, you will be asked: the Name of the firm(s) to be written on the certificate or trophy if your project is a winner. This information will be used to prepare:
- Award winners’ certificates
- Honorary plaques
as well as for all other material including magazine articles and press releases. Pay special attention to how you write your name and those of other firms if you are in a consortium and check the official spelling.