Competition FAQs

Got some questions? Here are some answers.

Thanks for all of the good questions that have been coming in. To help, we are regularly adding the most relevant responses to this page to assist others too so feel free to check it often. If you are not seeing what you need, feel free to email [email protected] with your specific question. Good luck in your submission!

Q: Did the deadline for submissions change?

A: Yes! You now have a little bit more time to finalize your best idea. Submissions will close Thursday, July 9th.

Q: Could you clarify what ‘All submissions become the property of Work Design Magazine.’

A: With regard to the ownership, depending on the number of entries, we intend to publish as many of the truly innovative submissions as possible. We will credit all submissions for individuals and teams with proper attribution. We will not limit anyone’s right to use their work.  These proprietary rights are required for us to publish and share the material without any restrictions both online and in print (we are hoping to publish a book of the best submissions)!

Q: What counts as “descriptive images” exactly? Would additional images of furniture and material selections count towards the 10 images? Would “before and after” images be counted as 1 or 2 images?

A: The images should serve to communicate your idea or to help clarify your concepts. They can be anything that you feel graphically conveys an understanding of your submission. It can be a diagram, sketch, photograph, rendering. You should think of it as a way of communicating, supporting or reinforcing your central idea. Just be careful that it does not distract or cause the jury to ask additional questions.

Q: Our firm is considering a submission. Will a juror from a competing firm judge our submission?

A: The judging process consists of several rounds of judging and resembles a March Madness basketball bracket so we can avoid any potential complications and yet get submissions viewed as many times as possible. All submissions will advance through the judging bracket anonymously.

Q: What if my submission can fit into two categories?

A: Submit in the most natural category and make note of the potential crossover in your text response. Also, jurors will have the prerogative to switch a submission to a new category if they think it better aligns in a new category.