Great question. We have a fine solution for all digital designs. In your My Submissions page, there’s a field for a Youtube link. Add a link to your film. Please do not upload the file to Spark or send it on a disc during Phase I. It can’t be viewed. Only use Youtube. Vimeo and the other services can NOT be used in our system. Check out our Youtube channel.
Can a design series or campaign be registered with one registration or are several registrations necessary?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:27:32-04:00
No, but judges are hoping–and looking for the best. Focus on your design’s merits. Any single criteria might win.
Does the submission need to be made at the time of registration? Is it possible to get information on the uploading method of submission material before the actual submission?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:37:35-04:00
You can register once, and then go back and enter as many submissions as you want later—up until the final deadline. You may also register, enter a placeholder design (a fake), make payment—and upload finalized work later. This could secure a lower priced fee or dated coupon rate, like the Earlybird discount, even if your work is not quite finished. However, all finalized materials must be received by the Late Deadline.
Hello from the UK. We’re having a spot of trouble with the online entry form–how shall we proceed?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:16:40-04:00
Like most of the other major competitions, designers enter Spark to get their work into the public eye. It is the main means of promoting their skillset, and getting more assignments. Movie stars don’t get cash prizes at the Oscars–they get to work in more movies.
Hello! I want to join in the competition with my friends. Is there limit on number of members on a team?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:26:42-04:00
We have “cookies,” that’s what gives. Your browser is probably set to block cookies, in it’s security settings. Go to the browser Options, find Security and allow all cookies. (We also suggest that you click the “clear all cookies and browsing history when I quit” button. Then turn off and restart your browser. It should work at this point.
Hi, Spark, do we ship our products to the Croton address?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:24:21-04:00
You are responsible for shipping, insurance, etc. If you become a Finalist, there is a Phase 2 fee just for those entries. If you are a Finalist or win a top award (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Spark), there is a printed gold foil certificate available at extra cost (a PDF version is available at no cost).
How many works are chosen as winners in this event?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:36:48-04:00
Each design is considered a separate entry, unless they are part of a clearly linked series or campaign, such as a line of similarly designed kitchen appliances, or an ad campaign where the theme or look is the same, but the ad sizes are different. Each one needs to be paid separately, or by special arrangement with Spark.
I am a designer located in Canada, and I was really interested by the Spark Awards. Do you have a category for publication apps (Magazines)?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:23:33-04:00
Yes– we’ve had many magazine design entries over the years–including some great ones. We welcome magazine apps, too.
I am a few years out of Grad School. I would like to submit my design but truly cannot afford the entry fee. Can I send $50–all I can scratch up? If I didn’t believe that you would be impressed with my design, I wouldn’t bother asking!Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:34:42-04:00
We definitely commiserate– but no can do. It wouldn’t fair to other designers. You might look for a local sponsor.
I am entering in another design competition around the same time as this competition. Can I enter a product in the Spark Awards that I am also entering in another competition?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:25:26-04:00
Yes, Spark welcomes your entries. The Spark criteria and premise are complementary to, not competitive with other design competitions. You should, if possible, enter both. Otherwise, let your design intuition and heart guide you!
I am interested in entering my graduate thesis in the spark competition, however I graduated in May 2014 so I’m not currently a student. Can I still enter at the student rate, since it was a student project?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:27:10-04:00
Sorry–their fees were just too expensive for young Spark. Please use Mastercard, Visa, JCB, Diners Club or Paypal. If you’re in US/Canada, send a check. Please make it out to Spark Awards and send to: 36 Lounsbury Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. You can register on line anytime and upload your pix and copy. Send us a note when finished and we’ll approve the financial side after the check has cleared. Another option is payment via Paypal.
I have an idea, but am not sure how to put my idea in motion. I am regrettably not an engineer or anything of the sort, and I have no idea how to get this entry into production. Any information that you can provide me will be greatly appreciated.Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:40:00-04:00
We’re a design competition. like the Oscars… we don’t do switches… sorry.
I went through the homepage and was deeply impressed by the competition. What kind of media exposure, online exhibition, yearbook or other benefits do entrants get? Do you charge any fees concerning the above benefits?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:38:53-04:00
Good questions—in a nutshell: there is extensive media coverage of Spark, and publicity towards that end. Media outlets have included Curve Magazine and the great websites, Core 77, Yanko, Dexigner, Product Design Hub, ArchNewsNow, Bustler, Archinect, Death By Architecture and many more. We have an exhibition at the Autodesk Design Gallery in San Francisco, and traveling exhibitions this year in Asia and Europe. We also have long-term, searchable archive-galleries of entries on the website, and new for 2015, the Spark E-yearbook. Yes, of course we have to charge a fee for all of these winners benefits, but it is less than 1/4th the charge of the least expensive major European competition.
I would like to promote Spark to our staff (or students). Are you able to supply posters or other materials for distribution?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:36:25-04:00
Spark is delighted to send either bulk posters or Spark postcards (in English) for staff or students, as long as supplies last. Please send an e-mail with your address and the number of pieces that you would like.
I would like to send you also my project documentation (pdf format with about 100 pages – 34 MB ). Is it possible?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:25:48-04:00
Yes, we request a good clear 75 word description of the design and how it exemplifies some (or all!) of the criteria and/or mission statement. If you have a website, put a link to that media into the available field in your My Submissions form.. Also include 3 jpgs or screen “grabs.” App entrants must also provide a link to their program in a major, public app store.
May we ask where will the Award winning celebration be held?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:38:33-04:00
The Celebration and launch of the exhibition will be in San Francisco, at the Autodesk Design Gallery. It won’t be a typical awards show, more a happy gathering of people who believe Design Can Make A Difference, and a first chance for entrants, winners, VIP’s and Press to view the winning designs in exhibition.
Our Firm would rather not put an individual designer on the entry form. Can we say “Design Team” instead?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:22:30-04:00
Great question. Upload sample images from your work as jpgs, and in the entry form section, put in a link to your work on an app store, and a link to it on Youtube, so the judges can view it there. (Please do not upload the file to Spark or send it on a disc. It can’t be viewed.)
We have a Spark coupon we’d like to use. It expires soon, but our design is not quite finished. What to do?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:37:54-04:00
Any language is OK, but please provide an English-language translation for our judges. A written one is fine.
We’re a small company, so here is no English speaker now. But, we want to try this award. If we could enter 2nd stage, then we will employ the person who understand English well. Before employ the person I’m in charge of English. First, we do our best!Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:28:47-04:00
We have tried to create a very open entry system, for every possible type of design, so we have listed a large number. Sometimes, a design may even fit more than one award type. Don’t worry about choosing the “best” one when registering. Everything is judged on its merits. Designs are judged in the context of our Criteria. There are no rigid divisions–specialty areas are listed here so a designer feels that their work is appropriate and welcome. We can have any number of winners–or none in any given area. All depends on the work, and the design sensibility of jury. That’s why we work hard to find tough, fair and collegial judges. The judges will pick the best designs. Could choose 20 Sparks in a given area and none in the next. If a nominee is mis-placed, they can move it to an area they think is better suited. The judges rule!
What size should the entry images be?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:23:12-04:00
One mb maximum. We recommend that the first photo you upload is a horizontal rectangle, because that is used in the Entry Gallery, and other shapes can distort. The second and third photos can be of any shape. JPG format only–no PNG or PDFs allowed.
When and for how long can the winner’s logo be used in our marketing communications?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:35:28-04:00
If you have paid your entry fees (which licenses the use of the SparkMark logo), you may use the SparkMark as soon as you receive your notification of winning. The SparkMark can be utilized as long as the original design is being featured, sold, marketed or published. Please inquire for details.
When can the winning of an award be publicly announced?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:35:46-04:00
For a uniform release of information, we ask winners to wait until the Awards Exhibition premiere before announcing their winning of the award. However, should you have planned a special occasion, please let us know—exceptions are possible.
Where should Finalists ship their work?Jessie Canon2019-07-15T14:38:14-04:00
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