UMO-5th Boycott Bad Designs Contest’'09

UMO-5th Boycott Bad Designs Contest’'09

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: September 7th, 2009

UsabilityMatters.Org is holding a competition for identifying a Bad Design as part of our activities towards the World Usability Day. The entries will be exhibited.

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

   So tweet earth - rethink, refresh and recycle ideas for a sustainable world


'ek chidiya, anek chidiyaN; dana chugne baith gayee thi .....' The song conjures up childhood imagery, memories of an entire generation that was still lucky to learn the lessons of life from Mother Nature. For all others who couldn't strike a chord yet, 'ek chidiya, anek chidiyaN' translates to 'a lovely bird and many such lovely birds....'. Those are the opening lines of a beautifully animated song that encouraged harmony and unity in diversity, the mottos that best describe India, through a delightful cameo from Nature.

Most of us used to take delight in watching birds paying us a visit in our very own habitats during our childhood, when today’s cities were still attractive enough for nature to cast its beautiful spell with changing seasons, colors, flowers and more. However, all such pleasures of nature are strangers to our cities now. It’s something that we have done ourselves, still doing, depriving our younger generations of all such pleasure.

The greater irony is, we seek solace in the virtual worlds. Our bird song comes from MP3s, our greenery in screensavers. And tweet on the web mimicking nature. As we use these products, as we live a synthetic life, we need to think, rethink how our life is affecting our world, our Nature. As creative people, it’s time we thought about how our creations, the products and services we create and we use impact our world.

Time we thought about how our design can be sustainable, something that matches the needs to the resources in the most effective way possible.

This competition calls on participants to identify bad designs, services and experiences from our everyday life. Please look at all the products and services we use, whether they are buildings, roads, consumer products, business, services or healthcare systems; throughout their life cycle. Focus on the adverse impact they could have on - our nature, environment, energy, water, soil, and more. Have the materials and processes that have been used been recycled and are they re-usable? Are they user and environmentally friendly?

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 online works report.

Deadline for Submission

Examples of Bad-Designs will be accepted through September 7th, 2009

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

17th to 22nd (6days) September at State Art Gallery, Madhapur, Hyderabad, India.

Submitting your entries

Mail your entries keeping the competition name in subject line to baddesigns(at)usabilitymatters(dot)org. If you are sending through the snail mail, use the following address:

UMO-Boycott Bad Design Contest 2009,
Plot no.195, Flat no.1, Sreenilayam Apts,
Kavuri Hills, Besides Pranadha Hospitals,
Madhapur, Hyderabad- 500033. INDIA,
ph: +91-9502759650

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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uday on 25-07-’09 03:25 said:
Very Good Theme
Abhishek supporter on 21-09-’09 04:24 said:
Take the one regarding a meter for LPG cylinder's. It was much much better than the bubble gum one for sure! Gotta say I'll never take this site seriously anymore. I mean just look at validation they use (Type first 3 letters of hyderabad?!?! Any automated program could spam this place up in no time)
UMO Volunteer on 21-09-’09 09:21 said:
Abhishek, UMO is totally driven by volunteers like you. Kindly be part of UMO and help us with your suggestions and services.

We also found Gas cylinder entry was interesting but we had received similar entry earlier and also doesn't fit into this year's theme
SiteAdmin on 24-09-’09 06:07 said:
Abhishek, "about mean just look at validation they use ", rest assured that it actually takes care of the spam attacks :).
You are sure to try (please be aware of legal implications of malicious spamming if you are unaware/underage)


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