UMO-4th Boycott Bad Designs Contest'08

UMO-4th Boycott Bad Designs Contest'08

Announcement for the Bad Design Contest, here is a summary, and the details follow....

  • Open to everybody
  • No Limit on number of entries
  • No entry fee
  • Awards worth Rs 30,000/-
  • Deadline: November 10th, 2008

UsabilityMatters.Org is holding a competition for identifying a Bad Design as part of our activities towards theWorld Usability Day. The entries will be exhibited on 28th November 2008.

Participation is open to everybody from every country in the world, and from any background- designers and design sensitive consumers!
There is no Entry fee.

Please go through the rules and regulations – and in particular – the conditions applicable to the intellectual property rights.

Theme for the Competition

Brake down - Experiences with bad designs and services in transportation

Brief: Transportation turns all our journey plans into reality. We plan most of our travel needs, albeit some are incidental, some are opportunity based and some are totally out of the blue and immediate. Whatever may be the nature and need of travel, it requires us to plan, check availability, budget our properties/options of travel..

As passionate travelers we always plan well in advance for all needs of transpiration, be it daily transportation to work/school; weekly transportation to country side, inter/intra city recreation/social gatherings; monthly transportation to cross state/country events, business meetings or a holiday; annual travel to in country, overseas or space travel. We also plan almost instantaneously for incidental/accidental sudden transportation needs to attend urgencies..

Despite of all this we cannot account for uncertainties raised by faulty systems, badly designed products and services. What we can certainly account for or bring to light is all those information systems, products and services which are badly designed.

This competition calls participants to identify bad designs and experiences around interacting with transportation systems. Your observations can be from systems used for reservation, planning and travelling i.e., both electronic and physical. Also examples from the rules around transportation, processes, policies, signage, actual vehicles used for road, air, water, space travel and all services we experience while in transit.

Or else, identify most badly designed product or a system or a service that we use in our day-to-day lives, get annoyed with and eventually ignore.

For inspirations and ideas, you can refer to Boycott Bad Designs, this was a program organized by UMO to identify and raise awareness about the badly designed products.

Awards and Acknowledgements

A jury will select the top 10 examples of bad design; all the short listed entries will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 3000 /- (Rs. Three Thousand Only) each.

The top examples will be identified based on their relevance of content, and the context in which the bad design is been identified.
We are in process of putting a jury of well-known professionals and socially active personalities. The names will be announced in due course, depending on confirmation.
An exhibition of the winning and short listed entries will be held and UMO will publish an exhaustive works report.

Deadline for Submission

Examples of Bad-Designs will be accepted through November 10th, 2008

Rules and Regulations

Entries : No Limits on entries
Format : Image/photograph with description of the problem area.
The image/photograph could be either in digital format or a hardcopy.
The digital images should be of jpeg format not more than 500x400 pixels but minimum 200dpi resolution.
The photographs should clearly depict the problem area identified.
Entries in hard-copy/print format will not be returned.

Exhibition and Prize distribution

On November 28, 2008

Submitting your entries

Mail your examples of bad-designs keeping the competition name in subject line to usabilitymatters [at] gmail [dot] com..
If you are sending through the snail mail, use the following address:

UMO- Boycott Bad Design Contest-2008,
202, Rahul Apts,
480-Phase 6, JNTU Road,
Besides Universal Bakery
Kukatpally, Hyderabad-500072, India
ph: +91-9848861432

Please mention a little background information about yourself that may help identify you with your work and the email id that will help us get back to you with any communication.

Intellectual property rights

UMO may, in its sole discretion to use the art-work (images, photograph, written content) for any purpose, change, alter, amend, add to, delete from and otherwise modify, including but not limited to, any and all cuts, edits, rearrangements and other alterations, additions and deletions.

The responsibility for authenticity of all the submitted content, including the including the art-work and the personal information rests solely with the provider, and UMO will assume no role in case of litigations and copied works. The involved parties shall have to settle the matter themselves, within the conditions the original work was published/released.

We respect your privacy and will not be giving out, or sharing your personal information with any third party, for commercial or non-commercial use.

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Vishal Lokare on 16-10-’08 21:22 said:
When I click the link 'Boycott Bad Designs' on this page that appears under the 'Theme for the Competition-Brief' paragraph, it takes me to a page 'Category doesn't exist' where you do not find the related info on boycotting bad designs.
purna on 26-10-’08 08:26 said:
i checked it for me Its working
Alex on 23-02-’09 08:42 said:
Bad usability on THIS website:
Much of your title text has very poor contrast and you even have white text on a white background in places! Google will penalise you for this. There are spelling errors in titles which alter the meaning of the sentence in English. These are fundamental usability errors which you should fix before chastising others about their 'bad' usability - in light of this, should your site be boycotted too?

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