There are 20 categories in this year’s UX Magazine Awards program, and submissions are welcome from any company, institution, team, group, or individual that’s doing exceptional work in experience-related fields. If you’re not sure which category is the best fit for you, just let us know and a UX Magazine representative will follow up with you to discuss the possibilities.
As you’re preparing your application, remember that in accordance with the philosophy of the awards program, one of the most important criteria for judging will be how well your example can teach other UX professionals and help them become better at their work.
Dates and Fees
This year's program is a retrospective on the best of UX in 2015-2016, so the application window opened on May 23rd and the last day to apply is August 29th. We will be evaluating applications continuously during the application window and beyond, and if our judges have any questions we will contact you to ask follow-up questions until winners are announced on September 19th.
We will be judging applications in waves and we recommend that you apply as early as possible. We will not be taking applications after August 29th. tiered application fee structure The base application fee is $245, and the fee increases according to this schedule:
- On or before June 3rd: $245
- On or before June 17th: $350
- On or before July 31th: $405
Application fees are charged to your credit card when the application is completed. Once the the application and payment are filled out you will need to make sure that you finalize your application. If you're planning to apply or have an application in the works, make sure you've let us know so we can help you meet a deadline and consider any mitigating factors.
The application fees from the UX Magazine program go first to fund the program itself, which requires considerable staff, engineering, infrastructure, and other expenses. The remainder will fund DfE's activities in 2016, most notably continuing to operate UX Magazine as a free community resource, but also includes a number of initiatives aimed at improving educational opportunities in the UX field, supporting local communities of professionals, bridging the gap between academic research and the practitioner community, and a number of other initiatives that are in the works. Follow UX Magazine on Twitter, 'like' us on Facebook, or sign up for email updates to stay connected to UX Magazine's community-focused activities, programs, and initiatives.
Submitting an Application
The application process is done online through a form on this site. You'll need to complete a one-time account registration to access the form, and that will allow you to save partially completed applications and/or submit multiple applications under the same account.
While it is possible to create your application entirely in the form, we recommend that you prepare your answers separately in a document you can easily edit and save, and then paste your answers into the form when you’re ready.
We welcome you to submit as many applications as you’d like. Each application is for one project, product, service, company, organization, etc. in one category. You can submit the same thing for multiple categories and/or submit multiple things for the same category, but each will be a separate application. After you submit the first application there will be an option to submit for another award. They will all be under the same login for your convenience.
Responding to Questions
You are free to decide how long to make your responses to the questions on the application—there are no word limits or minimums—and all of the questions are optional. The application questions are designed to be simple and open-ended, allowing you to respond however you see fit.
As well, we invite you to provide whatever information and materials you already have readily available instead of creating new content for the application. You are of course welcome to specially tailor your responses to this award application, but write-ups and materials prepared for other purposes are perfectly acceptable if they can help us understand the important aspects of your product, project, service, solution, team, etc.
Think of this application as a means of introducing us to your product, service, company, team, etc., and as the beginning of a conversation. If your application passes initial screening and the judges indicate they're interested in learning more, the UX Mag representative assigned to you will work with you to add greater detail to your application to improve its chances of reaching the final round.
Supporting Files and Media
You are not required to submit videos, presentations, images, or other media to accompany your application. Nevertheless, it will often be helpful for you to provide screenshots, images, deliverables, case studies, documents, and other such supporting materials to support your application. The award application form includes a place where you can provide web addresses for any files that you’d like to have accompany your application. We understand that often these materials are not meant for public dissemination, so they will be accessible only by UX Magazine staff and the judges unless you give us explicit permission to use them in a UX Magazine article or on the awards showcase site.
Because of file size and storage capacity limitations, we are unable to accept uploads directly from the application form. Instead, we ask that you upload materials to your company’s web server or to a file sharing service such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or other similar services. If you need to assign access privileges to a specific email address, please use firstname.lastname@example.org. You can list up to 25 links on the award application, and you can also package multiple files into a ZIP file.
The application consists of a simple, one-page, web-based form that's divided into three brief sections:
- Applicant Information: the name of the entity or individual submitting the application, and contact info for the person responsible for the application.
- Application Information: two questions to help us understand how to handle your application. This is where you’ll indicate which category you’re applying for, but if you're uncertain which category is the best fit for you, just choose the "Unsure / Help Me Decide" option. You'll still be able to complete the application, and a UX Magazine representative will follow up with you to help you decide which categories are the best fit.
- Questions: three general questions about the company, product, service, organization, team, etc., that’s the subject of the application.
After completing this page, you’ll proceed to the payment page, and then the application will be in draft form so that it can be viewed on final time before you submit for your award.
List of Categories and Their Questions
Below is a list of each of the 20 categories. Click on a category name to view a description of the category and its application questions. We ask roughly the same three-four questions for each category (although the wording of the questions is slightly different to fit the category) to try to make it very easy to apply for as many categories as fit for you. As a reminder, you are free to decide how long to make your responses to the questions—there are no word limits or minimums—and all of the questions are optional. The application questions are designed to be simple and open-ended, allowing you to respond however you see fit.