Do I need to send the actual product?
For the first round of judging, we only require/accept an entry form, images and video (optional), and all applications must be made online. Once the judges have made initial assessments based on these materials, they will select Finalists to participate in the next round of judging. If you are selected, you will be invited to send your actual product ONLY if it within certain weight/size limits. We no longer accept prototypes, due to the expense to produce them and the risk of damage in shipping/handling. 

Please note - Winning products submitted for the second round of judging become part of The Henry Ford Museum's permanent collection. Finalists not receiving Gold, Silver or Bronze distinction can be returned, but only if the appropriate prepaid/return label is included with your product (FedEx, UPS or DHL). Failure to include this label will result in automatic forfeiture of the sent materials. Given the large amount of products sent for second round jurying, we cannot/will not be responsible for shipping products back without return labels. There is a separate $50 handling fee for preparation (unpacking, setting up and repacking) of your product.  All precautions will be taken to ensure safe return, but IDSA and THF cannot be held responsible for damage to products during the shipping process.   

What is "Design Credit"?
A list of all the individual names (or teams if you prefer) of the people who contributed to the design you are submitting on their behalf.  Please note: If there are more than five (5) people on your team and you win an award, the credits may list ‘Design Team’.

How should I list the design credits if the design team is in-house? 
You should list the company as a design credit and also as the client/manufacturer.

Our design team is in-house. Is it still permissible for the manufacturer’s name and logo to appear in the entry?
Yes, names or logos of manufacturing companies/clients may appear ONLY if they are inherent to the product. If the design team has its own identity though, you may NOT include its name or logo in your entry answers or photos.

I am a student, so which entry form should I use?
Students should use the exact same form as everyone else, just choose the appropriate student rate when entering your information to be charged the student rate. If you would like to be judged against practicing professionals, you will be charged the higher professional fee.

Can I enter a concept?
If your design is scheduled for production, you cannot enter it as a concept. If it doesn’t meet the distribution requirements because it’s not yet in production, you must wait and enter it the following year.  However, if the design has been cancelled or was never scheduled for production it can be entered as a concept. Please contact Karen Foust if you require further clarification – karenf@idsa.org.

What does “in distribution” mean?
In distribution means it’s available for purchase through normal sales channels. For the most part, this means the general public should be able to find it and purchase the product. Certain items such as planes, expensive medical equipment, etc. will be considered "in distribution" if orders have been taken from the end client.

Is it ok to include text on the images?
Yes, except on the first glamour shot, which may be used if you win.  This should be minimal, however; let the pictures speak for themselves whenever you can!

Can I enter the same design in more than one category?
Yes, but you must pay a separate entry fee for each category entered.

Can the same design win in more than one category?
Yes, but not in two product categories (for example, not in both Entertainment and Personal Accessories). The same design can win in a product category as well as in a design category (i.e., Design Strategy). Organizers and judges have the right to move designs into the category where the design will have the best chance of winning.

Can I enter a family of products as one entry?
Yes! Make sure the whole family is in the glamour shots.  Remember: typically, no product will be assessed independent of the others; they will be judged as one group.  That being said, the judges have the ability and authority to ‘pull’ one out of the line-up if they feel this is warranted. 



How do I pay late fees?
If you submit a late entry, the online entry software automatically will add the late fee to your account and you will be responsible for settling your account prior to the final deadline.

Other than entry fees, what fees will winners be obligated to pay?
None! There are many optional ways of maximizing your award's exposure in the form of advertising but we do not require winners to pay anything extra for Yearbook inclusion, certificates, ceremony attendance, logos, etc.

Do I have to pay before I can enter?
You can create your online account and upload all of your entry materials in advance of paying; as long as the payment is received and entry is submitted before the regular deadline, no late fees will be assessed. Any entries after the deadline, however, will be assessed late fees.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and wire/bank transfers by request (additional $35 fee).



How are judges selected for IDEA?
IDSA works with the Jury Chair, a judge with two years of experience as an IDEA jury member and who is appointed each year by the Chair of IDSA's Board of Directors, to craft a diverse and international team of experts across industries. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone for participation on a future IDEA Jury, please email your recommendations to karenf@idsa.org.



When/where is the IDEA Ceremony and Gala?
IDEA 2017 winners will be honored at a Ceremony and Gala at the annual IDSA International Conference in Atlanta, GA from August 16th to August 19th, 2017.

Who can attend the IDEA Ceremony, and Gala? Is it free? 
The Ceremony itself is free to attend for all winners and their guests, but all travel and accommodations costs are your responsibility. If you wish to register for the International Conference or attend the After-Ceremony Gala, you must purchase tickets. Conference registration and party tickets will be available for purchase online or in-person. 



When and where can I purchase copies of the Yearbook? 
These will be available for purchase online when the Yearbook is published, scheduled for October each year. Copies of past Yearbooks can be ordered directly from IDSA or call 703.707.6000.



When can I issue a press release about my award? 
You must wait until after the IDEA Ceremony to announce the Gold and Silver results of the final judging. You may, however, announce that you are a Bronze or top winner, once you are notified in June.  Bronze winners and Finalists will be given immediate access to the Bronze and Finalist logos once winners have been determined.



When will I receive my certificate(s)? 
All certificates will be sent as PDF files only. Finalists do not automatically receive certificates, but one will be provided upon request.  Certificates are provided after the international conference in August.

Who is entitled to receive a trophy? 
One trophy will be given to each GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE-winning design. All winners have the option of purchasing extra trophies. Should you want to order additional trophies, contact karenf@idsa.org.


Can I request a refund? 
Sorry, there are no refunds. If you submit payment for an entry and then decide not to enter the competition or miss the entry deadlines, IDSA does not issue refunds.