UMO-3rd Boycott Bad Designs Contest'07

UMO-3rd Boycott Bad Designs Contest'07

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: October 31st, 2007

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 30th November 2007.

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

Day-to-day nuisances with Technology

Brief: Technology has become a way of life, but at the cost of ease of use. We come across so many products and systems that  are pleasing to look at and offer great features but are rarely of any use. The common experience derived from usage of these products and systems is frustration leading to annoyance.

No two ATM machines of the same bank installed in two different locations of the city behave similarly as expected. In offices we need trained attenders to fetch us beverages from vending machines. In public places we need human help to get general information even though it is displayed through signage, often in bad ways. There are about 30,000 unusable objects around us, not just in public places but everywhere else including our homes. In all it will take about five years of our precious life time to learn using these badly designed products, systems and environments.

The objective of this competition is to 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. Bad design examples from Health care industry will be given preference.
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 October 31st, 2007

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 30th, 2007

Submitting your entries

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

UMO- Boycott Bad Design Contest-2007,
Plot no.12, Penthouse, ICRISAT colony,
Road no.11, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. India. 500 045
ph: +91-040-23556155

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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YBS.Kaushik on 15-09-’07 18:48 said:
(h) this contest is cool
yugant sonawala on 30-09-’07 23:36 said:
This is a very nice contest . Infact i had thought about this contest quite long back and communicated to my company HFI .
Kishore Nagarigari on 03-10-’07 03:53 said:
(h) Well I was waiting for this contest to start. I was impressed the way it has been conducted last year and the idea behind all these. The awareness is must and I do my part to this cause. Would love to participate this year without fail.

Swayam on 29-10-’07 20:43 said:
Wow !!!
This is a gr8 contest. I am definitely going to participate in this. Very good platform to show how the designers look at the world around them.

Jaiganesh on 02-11-’07 22:45 said:
:-) Great, Excellent and different concept. Good work:-)

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