The Canadian Regional Design Awards Judging – 2014

We have received some inquiries about how the entries are judged, how pieces become Finalists, and why some Regions have fewer categories. Please allow us to explain the process for the 2014 judging:

We had over 470 entries to the 2014 Canadian Regional Design Awards, and following our rigorous judging process 184 entries (only 40%), achieved FINALIST Status.

The Judging Process:

The Canadian Regional Design Awards uses a two-stage judging procedure. All of the entries are divided into their respective Regions (see below). Then our panel of judges from across the country (listed right) are assigned Regions to judge for round one and then different Regions for round two (no judge is allowed to judge in the Region they are from in order to remove any potential conflicts).

In 2014, all of the 470+ entries across all of the Regions were viewed by a panel of at least three judges for round one scoring. The pieces are displayed blind—without the name of the design firm indicated.

The pieces are judged on a 0-to-5 point system based on the following criteria:

  • Originality: Do the methods, designs and strategies employed make this design project unique?
  • Creativity: Does this piece incorporate innovative design solutions?
  • Craftsmanship: Is this piece beautifully designed? Does it adhere to the standard principles of design in such areas as layout, colour selection, print reproduction, user interface and typography?
  • Effectiveness: Does this piece successfully communicate the brand or its intended message?
  • Overall Experience: Is this project a valuable and strategic piece of communication design?

Following round one, the judges scores are totalled, and there is a round one elimination of pieces that do not reach a criteria level for that Region. For example, say the Logo Category has six entries in the BC/YUKON Region, and after three judges have done their scoring in the first round, the six pieces will each have scores ranging from 0 (if all the judges scored it a zero) to 15 (if all the judges scored it a five).

In this region perhaps the minimum score was 9 in order to move on. If none of the pieces in the logo category achieved a combined score of at least 9 they would all be eliminated, and there would be no finalists in that category. If four of the six achieved a score of 9 or higher, those four would move on to round two, where they would be judged by another group of judges.

Continuing the example: If four logos made it to round two in the BC/YUKON region, after the second round of scoring the first round and second round scores are totalled to achieve an entry’s final score. The criteria score may now be 18, so a piece must achieve a final score of 18 or higher in order to achieve Finalist status. If none of the four achieve a total score of 18 or higher, they would all be eliminated and there would be no finalists in that category. If they all score 18 or higher they all become finalists, and the one piece with the highest total score will be deemed Category Winner.

In each Region, the entry with the highest total score across all of the categories wins the coveted Best of Region Award. And this year, the second highest total score in each Region will receive an Honourable Mention Award.

Winners of the Categories, Regional Honourable Mention and Best of Region were announced at the Redgees Awards Party in Toronto on April 28th, 2014.

Please keep an eye on the Homepage for details on future editions of the Redgees.

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