6 Tips for Your Best CEDIA Designer Awards Entry

Feb 02, 2012

CEDIA’s Electronic Lifestyles® Awards competition is now underway. While you may think you have plenty of time, starting early will allow you the best chance to fine-tune your Designer Awards entry and work out any issues that may arise during the process. Want to make sure your work gets the recognition it deserves? Check out these six tips – straight from the judges.

1. Keep it simple and smart.
The less “marketing fluff” used to describe your work, the better. Be concise in your essays, providing relevant answers that speak to the judges’ listed criteria. Your colleagues are judging you – not laymen. We get it. Show us your knowledge.

2. No project is too small.
Many members don’t feel their work is worthy or substantial enough for the competition. The truth is, no project is too small to submit. If you’ve done good work, your rack dressing is clean, your systems are technically sound, and you are proud of an installation, submit it! In the Home Theater and Integrated Home categories, cost categories are established after all entries have been received – levels are not pre-determined.

3. Keep it clean.
Before you take pictures of your work, clean it up. An extra hour zipping down a cluster of cables on a rack could mean the difference in a tight decision for an award. The judges are looking at the details.

4. Keep it honest. Don’t misrepresent your entry. The judges are experts and know what is what. We know the costs of most products and often catch inconsistencies. You are not likely to win an award if you undervalue your project – in fact, it often works against you in the eyes of the judges. The competition is strong at every level.

5. A picture is worth…
In addition to your publication-quality photos, you are welcome to submit additional photos of your project to help illuminate the quality of your work. The judges appreciate seeing the back of racks and multiple views of the user interface, even when it is not required. They appreciate the opportunity to see every angle and detail of your projects, especially on integrated homes, where there are many vignettes.

6. Documentation. 
One of the biggest complaints from the judges is if they don’t see where items are on a plan. If you are designing a theater and don’t include a plan view AND an elevation with speaker positions, how are they to know if this room is designed properly? Before you submit, look at your plans and try to include sight lines, optimal viewing angles, projector throws, speaker and subwoofer placement, riser heights, etc. You are including these as part of your documentation for designing home theaters, right?

Ready to get started? Head over to www.cedia.net/awards for details and start your entry today. Questions? Contact us at awards@cedia.org or 317.328.4336.



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