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Foodicons Challenge.

Eligibility and submission requirements

  1. Sponsor: the Foodicons Challenge is sponsored by The Lexicon and Adobe.
  2. Timeline:
    1. PROMOTION AND SIGN-UP (Starting Dec 1): The FoodIcons “Challenge 1: Food Foundations” will launch on December 1. 
    2. SKETCH ROUND (Feb 6/Feb 21): The Sketch Round for designers will run for two weeks, from February 6 until February 21, during which time Judges will be onboarded. Following February 21, judges will be provided a packet with a Google Slide Deck (The Foodicons Challenge Workbook) for each term in the round. These decks will have 8-10 icons for the specific term.
    3. CRITIQUE 1 (Feb 22/Feb 28): February 22, Judges will review and provide feedback on the initial icon sketches directly on the Foodicons Challenge Workbook. This feedback will be provided to the designers, who will enter the first two-week-long Design Round.
    4. DESIGN ROUND (March 1/March 14): Two more weeks will be allocated for designers to contribute their work during the Design Round.
    5. CRITIQUE 2 (March 15/March 21): Judges will review and provide feedback on the draft designs directly on the Foodicons Challenge Workbook. This feedback will be provided to the designers, who will enter the final Refinement Round.
    6. REFINEMENT ROUND (March 22/March 28): Designers will upload their final art in the Foodicons Challenge Workbook and wait for final approval.
    7. FINAL APPROVAL (March 29/April 2):  Judges will evaluate the final designs to approve them for submission to the Noun Project archive for the project. There may be more than one final design for a particular term, in which case judges will vote on which is more effective.
  3. Eligibility:
    1. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age on the date the competition closes (February 6, 2020)
    2. Employees of The Lexicon, their immediate families (parent, child, sibling, spouse), and persons living in the same households of such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate in the Foodicons Challenge.
  4. Critique Process:
    1. Members of both the Food and Design Expert Councils will have three opportunities to review and provide feedback (critique) to designers during the design process of each challenge. The Lexicon staff will prepare slides in Google Drive at three points in the challenge, placing submissions deemed “ready” from each designer into a Google Slide deck where members of both councils can place feedback from both a design and food perspective.
    2. The first deck will be all of the submissions from the Sketch Round with a number ID to indicate the designer who submitted the sketches.
    3. Council members will add comments via text and graphic objects available in Google Slides to provide feedback about which sketches and elements show the most promise or indicate issues that might arise from the sketch elements.
    4. After designers submit their draft icons from the Design Round, The Lexicon staff will again put these into a Google Slide deck for food and design experts to review. Using the same text and graphic objects, these experts will provide critique as to what is working and what isn’t with a goal to finishing these icons for final submission.
    5. After the icons are submitted from the final round of approvals, food and design experts will indicate which icons best communicate the food concepts. These will be selected to include in the final Foodicons collection. If no icons for a food term are deemed successful, that term might be reintroduced into a later challenge.
  5. Submission Requirements/Copyright
    1. All submissions must be the entrant’s original work. Submissions must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person.
    2. By entering, all entrants (designers) retain ownership of their work, whether used or not in the final set of icons. Additionally, entrants whose icons are accepted into the final icon family, posted to The Noun Project, grant a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide right Foodicons.org and those who download the icons from The Noun Project to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, promote, publish, and otherwise use the entrant’s submission and/or its contents in any way and in any media for educational, promotional, and/or any other purposes (including commercial uses), under the Creative Commons 4.0 BY license, without having to seek permission from, and without consideration or notification to any participant or any third party. Entrants also agree that the entry may, at Foodicons.org‘s sole discretion, be posted online at the contest website and/or any other website as determined by Foodicons.org, for visitors to the website(s) to view, download, and use as they see fit.

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By entering, all entrants (designers) retain ownership of their work, whether used or not in the final set of icons. Additionally, entrants whose icons are accepted into the final icon family, posted to The Noun Project, grant a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide right Foodicons.org and those who download the icons from The Noun Project to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, promote, publish, and otherwise use the entrant’s submission and/or its contents in any way and in any media for educational, promotional, and/or any other purposes (including commercial uses), under the Creative Commons 4.0 BY license, without having to seek permission from, and without consideration or notification to any participant or any third party. Entrants also agree that the entry may, at Foodicons.org‘s sole discretion, be posted online at the contest website and/or any other website as determined by Foodicons.org, for visitors to the website(s) to view, download, and use as they see fit.

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