Announcing the UMO – 6th Bad Design Contest'10, here is a summary:

  • Open to everybody
  • No Limit on number of entries
  • No entry fee
  • Awards worth Rs 30,000/-
  • Deadline: September 10th, 2010

The details follow.....

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

Buzz World
Social Networking and Mobile Communication

Communication is the new order of life on our planet. H2O, O2 and a skill set on our resumes is not enough anymore to survive in this ever growing complex ecosystem of life. If we are not on the helm of affairs with the ever changing dynamics of communication in today's world, then we might be forced to search for a new nomadic life on other planets.

Mobile and social communication is a big buzz word and why not, after all we have over 300 million mobile subscribers. Digital communication through various manifestations and channels like the web, blogs, micro blogs, social networking and mobile communication has stormed our lives.

Communication is one of the most basic and also the most complicated of human expressions. Depending on the context and situation, communication can address plethora of emotional needs and can make or break relations, career and business. Communication is the most powerful of all mediums. But unfortunately and inevitably we let developing technologies seize the control of our communication. Medium has become the messenger and message itself now.

Boycott Bad Design Contest'10 encourages participants to look at various means, modes, mediums, products and services of communication from the most latest micro blogging rage like Twitter on the Internet to the not so pre-historic mediums like newspapers, radio, television and telephone. All identified bad designs must be currently in use.

This competition calls on participants to identify bad designs, services and experiences from our everyday life. 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.

The jury and the judgment criteria

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 10th, 2010

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 (high resolution for reproduction).
  • The photographs should clearly depict the problem area identified.
  • Entries in hard-copy/print format will not be returned.

Exhibition and Prize distribution

We are going to exhibit the entries in several metros of India. Dates will be announced.

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-6th Boycott Bad Design Contest'11,
Flat No. 407, E- Block, Keerthi Apartments,
Ellareddyguda, Hyderabad- 500073. 
Phone: +91-984 886 1432

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 litigation 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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3 rating from 1 votes

Nurcan Arslan on 18-07-’10 12:39 said:
Balivada on 27-07-’10 06:31 said:
Dear Friend,
Let me know your events, announcements and achivments

naveen on 13-10-’10 00:57 said:
how to know the winners of bad design 2010
Satish Shastry on 27-10-’10 07:14 said:
how to know the winners of bad design 2010
Bhagya on 30-12-’10 12:34 said:
Is the contest over? Can we sumbit the entries even now?
/How to know the results?

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