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Rules

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  • The Jury
    Selection of the jury members
    1. The jury will consist of representatives from leading communication design magazines in Europe.
    2. Each magazine will appoint one jury member who is qualified to serve the specific task.
    Chairperson
    1. The judges shall elect a chairperson from among themselves.
    Examination of entries
    1. The judges shall examine all the designs submitted by the participants, determine whether they conform to the rules and conditions, and exclude any which do not.
    International diversity
    1. The jury must consist of members from as many different European countries as possible. No one country shall have a majority representation in the jury.
    Substitutes
    1. If for any reason an appointed jury member becomes unable to be present at the jury meeting, the magazine is entitled to appoint a substitute.
    2. Any alterations of the jury members will be announced on the awards’ web site.
    Pre-selection
    1. In the case where in any specific category the number of submissions is too high to be accommodated by the normal jury procedures, and in accordance to the International Council of Graphic Design Associations guidelines, a Pre-selection committee might be formed.
    2. This will have a minimum of five members and it will be international in its composition.
    3. The task of this body is to facilitate the work of the regular jury by providing it with a number of finalists among which the awards and distinctions will be decided.
    4. The methods and criteria implemented by the Pre-selection jury will be the same as the ones implemented by the regular jury.
  • Judging criteria
    Standard criteria
    1. Design quality: Design excellence including use of images, typography etc.
    2. Creativity: Originality and artistic quality.
    3. Relevance: To what extent the design serves the specific purpose it was designed for.
    Criteria for websites
    1. Usability
    2. Technical quality
    3. Design quality: Design excellence, including use of images, typography etc.
    4. Creativity: Originality and artistic quality.
    5. Relevance: To what extent the design serves the specific purpose it was designed for.
    Criteria for typefaces
    1. Creativity: Originality and artistic quality.
    2. Readability: How easily or comfortably a typeset text reads.
    3. Legibility: The ease and speed with which the reader can decipher each letterform and word.
  • Awards & catalogue
    Awards
    1. There are three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
    2. In each category, a Gold is only awarded if the jury believes that the specific work is of extremely high calibre. The Gold winners receive a trophy during the Award Ceremony. In rare cases, the maximum of two Gold awards may be given in one category.
    3. Silver winners receive a diploma during the Award Ceremony. A maximum of five Silver awards are given per category.
    4. Bronze winners receive a diploma by post or in the ED-Conference reception. A maximum of five Bronze awards are given per category.
    ED-Awards catalogue
    1. All award winners (gold, silver and bronze) will be published in the ED-Awards catalogue and on the ED-Awards website.
    Announcement of judges’ decisions
    1. The award winners will be informed at least one month before the award ceremony but not officially announced before the award ceremony.
    2. The participants who did not win will also be informed via e-mail no later than two weeks before the award ceremony.
  • Submissions
    Time
    1. The submission rules must be published at least one month before the submission period. The submission period is between 1 December 2016 and 17 February 2017. In order for a submission to be valid, the fee needs to be paid before the deadline and the posted sample must arrive to European Designs Greek office no later than 28 February 2017. The organisers reserve the right to extend the deadline provided that they announce it in due time.
    2. Only work published during the previous calendar year is eligible for submission.
    Return
    1. Any material submitted can be returned unless it has won a prize, in which case it becomes part of the festival’s archive and hence the property of the organisers.
    2. All packaging and post costs (plus a non-refundable administration cost of €50 per submission) are to be covered by the submitter. 
    Reproduction rights
    1. Entries cannot be submitted without the prior permission of the client/owner of the rights to the work.
    2. The organisers reserve the right to publish submissions in the ED-Awards catalogue, the ED-Awards website, promotional material and exhibitions. When doing so they must always acknowledge the designer/company. They also reserve the right to record and publish videos and pictures from the award ceremony.
    Form of submissions
    1. The exact requirements for each submission are stated under each category (e.g. size, resolution, document formats). Submissions can be made online via the ED-Awards website.
    Category
    1. A customs invoice should be included with the shipment when applicable, marked “Contest material – no commercial value”. If the courier company requires a value of the goods, please use nominal values (e.g.  1€/item). It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the shipment is delivered to the European Design office in Athens and to cover all courier, mailing and insurance cost as well as any import duties.
    Payment fees
    1. European Design will cover normal credit card fees. If you the participants choose bank or money transfer alternatives, any transfer or exchange fees is covered by them.
    Withdrawal
    1. The participants may withdraw their submissions at any time up to the jury meeting. If they withdraw them before the end of the submission period, the submission fee will be returned. A fee of 15% will be withheld in order to cover credit card fees and administration expenses.
    Acceptance of rules
    1. By submitting entries the participants agree to the rules. Non-compliance with any of the rules will result in the automatic disqualification of the entry.
  • Participants
    Right to participate
    1. All designers living or working within Europe may participate. Designers in Europe may submit work done for clients outside Europe.
    Excluded from competition
    1. Designers without a business or home address in Europe.
    2. Jury members and their family members.
    3. Employees of the magazines represented in the jury.
    4. Organisers and their family members.
    European countries
    1. Andorra
    2. Albania
    3. Armenia
    4. Austria
    5. Azerbaijan
    6. Belarus
    7. Belgium
    8. Bosnia & Herzegovina
    9. Bulgaria
    10. Cyprus
    11. Croatia
    12. Czech Republic
    13. Denmark
    14. Estonia
    15. Finland
    16. France
    17. FYR of Macedonia
    18. Georgia
    19. Germany
    20. Greece
    21. Hungary
    22. Iceland
    23. Ireland
    24. Italy
    25. Kazakhstan
    26. Kosovo
    27. Latvia
    28. Liechtenstein
    29. Lithuania
    30. Luxembourg
    31. Malta
    32. Moldova
    33. Monaco
    34. Montenegro
    35. Netherlands
    36. Norway
    37. Poland
    38. Portugal
    39. Romania
    40. Russia
    41. San Marino
    42. Serbia
    43. Slovakia
    44. Slovenia
    45. Spain
    46. Sweden
    47. Switzerland
    48. Turkey
    49. Ukraine
    50. United Kingdom