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Design Guidelines

The Design Option is open to graduate students from all disciplines whose research focuses on the design of a product, whether that be in a 3-dimensional or digital space. Design work for this category could include a variety of products such as a 3-dimensional object, a video game, computer-aided design (CAD), simulations, musical composition, or other design objects.  Exhibitors in the Design Option will be asked to prepare a narrated slide presentation understandable to the general public that includes images of the design product itself and explains the scholarly context in which the design is grounded. The presentation may include research for the design product, working drawings, CAD models, drafting and thumbnail sketches that support the design product. A comment box will be available to all exhibitors allowing them to engage with viewers and judges.

The Design Option is distinguished from the Research Presentation Option in that the focus is on the design of a product and not a research project. For example, research leading to the design of the product itself would be presented in the Design Option, while research into the impact of a specifically-designed product on users would be presented in the Research Presentation Option.

Design Exhibitors will be required to submit 1) a publicly accessible link to a recording of their oral presentation, not to exceed five minutes in length, created in the platform of their choice (e.g. Zoom, narrated PowerPoint, Kaltura), (2) a pdf of the slides from their oral presentation, and (3) an image to be used as part of the tile for their presentation on the main exhibition page (optional). See instructions for exhibitors for more detailed information. Exhibitors are encouraged to review the judging criteria to make sure to address the relevant points in their presentations.

Design presentations will be judged online from March 24 through March 26, 2021. 

 

Judging Criteria for the Design Option

Judges will be asked to score each presentation on a scale of 1-10 in five different categories. Descriptions of the criteria to use for scoring can be found below by clicking each category in the purple box.

Visual Appeal of Presentation Materials

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Outstanding visual appeal
  • Excellent use of color and font
  • Graphics engaging and enhance presentation
  • Clear and orderly arrangement
  • Effective visual appeal
  • Adequate use of color, and font
  • Graphics enhance presentation
  • Somewhat orderly arrangement
  • Adequate visual appeal
  • Color and font inconsistent
  • Excessive text, few supporting graphics
  • Arrangement not well organized
  • Appearance lacks professionalism
  • Color and font detract from understanding
  • Graphics missing or do not enhance text
  • Arrangement detracts from understanding

Communication of Objective and Significance

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Clear and concise
  • Technical terms explained well
  • Understandable by an educated non-expert
  • Clear
  • Technical terms explained
  • Understandable by an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Somewhat unclear
  • Not all technical terms explained
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Poorly communicated
  • Technical terms not explained
  • Confusing to all

Explanation of Project Design and Methodology

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Well explained
  • Addresses design objective
  • Understandable to an educated non-expert
  • Adequately explained
  • Addresses design objective
  • Understandable to an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Somewhat unclear
  • Partially addresses design objective
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Poorly explained
  • Poorly aligned with design objective
  • Confusing to all

Explanation of Innovation of Design Product and Actualization of Design Goal

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Innovation clearly and concisely explained
  • Actualization of design goal is excellent
  • Understandable to an educated non-expert
  • Innovation somewhat clearly explained
  • Actualization of design goal is good
  • Understandable to an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Innovation is not well explained
  • Actualization of design goal is adequate
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Explanation of design and innovation are unclear or missing
  • Actualization of design goal is poor
  • Confusing to all

Overall Presentation

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Clear, concise, and professional
  • Easily understood and engaging
  • Excellent use of slides to explain project
  • Adhered to timing and guidelines
  • Mostly clear, concise, and professional
  • Easily understood
  • Acceptable use of slides to explain project
  • Mostly adhered to timing and guidelines
  • Not completely clear or concise
  • Understood with some difficulty
  • Occasional use of slides to explain project
  • Did not fully adhere to timing and guidelines
  • Unclear and unprofessional
  • Not easily understood and not engaging
  • Poor use of slides to explain project
  • Did not adhere to timing and guidelines

Recognition

Those individuals whose works and presentations are judged best will receive monetary awards of $100 to $500.

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