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Eligibility and submission requirements

Updated as of May 1, 2021

  1. Sponsor: the Foodicons Challenge is sponsored by The Lexicon and Adobe.
  2. Timeline:
    1. PROMOTION AND SIGN-UP: The FoodIcons Challenges 1, 2, and 3 are completed and officially closed. The next Challenge will open on June 1. Click “Join the Challenge” button.
    2. SKETCH ROUND: The initial Sketch Round for designers runs for 15 working days and each designer is onboarded to a customized Google Drive Slide deck to showcase their work.
    3. CRITIQUE ROUND 1: Following the design round, Foodicons will share the work with a council made up of both design and food experts to share feedback (this lasts for one week). After one week, this feedback will be shared with the designers via their workbooks.
    4. DESIGN ROUND: Designers will have two or three weeks (depending on the challenge entered) to respond to critique and further develop their designs.
    5. CRITIQUE ROUND 2: Judges will review and provide feedback on the draft designs.
    6. REFINEMENT ROUND: Designers will finalize their work and upload their final art for final approval.
    7. FINAL APPROVAL:  Judges will evaluate the final designs to approve them for submission to the Noun Project archive for the official Foodicons library. There may be more than one final design for a particular term, in which case judges will conduct a tie-breaking vote based on efficacy of communication of the term’s definition by experts from the category.
  3. Eligibility:
    1. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age on the date any of the challenges closes (August 1, 2021)
    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 finish 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 will  be reintroduced into a later challenge or retired from the list.
  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 for any purposes allowed under the Creative Commons 4.0 BY license.

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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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