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Poll: Would You Like Design Competitions to Return?

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#1 Ash Scott

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 04:27 PM

Well, after a year or so, I'm back - now firmly on the ground, building websites day in day out.

 

Now, using the funky poll above, I'd like to know how many people would like to see these competitions make a return. So, get voting! 

 

Basically there will be a challenge set where a spec for a design is listed. This includes things like:

 

- (Fictional) Company overview

- Theme / Design type

- Colour scheme

- Features (tabs, sliders etc)

 

And a whole lot more that I may or may not add!

 

Have a look at some of the previous ones to get an idea, but they're going to be a bit more specific in the requirements from now!

 

SIDE NOTE: If you enter a design competition, the design you produce is 100% yours. We won't take it and sell it to anyone, or claim it as our own - you're welcome to put a copyright text in the footer (or wherever really!) if you want to

 

Cheers guys!

Ash


Edited by Ash Scott, 07 August 2015 - 09:13 AM.


#2 Ash Scott

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 01:01 PM

Only 3 votes so far, so I've not done anything yet - however, the polls are still open and when more interest is sources, I'll post the first competition - I have some pretty good ideas too :)



#3 Ash Scott

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 08:44 AM

5 Votes so far, come on, you can do better!



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 07:21 AM

Hey, I don't remember the competitions from before. Maybe you could give us some examples of what they are so that newer members can make an informed decision?



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 09:13 AM

Sure thing Nock!

 

Basically there will be a challenge set where a spec for a design is listed. This includes things like:

 

- (Fictional) Company overview

- Theme / Design type

- Colour scheme

- Features (tabs, sliders etc)

 

And a whole lot more that I may or may not add!

 

Have a look at some of the previous ones to get an idea, but they're going to be a bit more specific in the requirements from now!

 

SIDE NOTE: If you enter a design competition, the design you produce is 100% yours. We won't take it and sell it to anyone, or claim it as our own - you're welcome to put a copyright text in the footer (or wherever really!) if you want to



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 09:37 AM

What about development competiton?  I develop but don't design, there's quite a few members here also who dont design.



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 10:00 AM

What about development competiton?  I develop but don't design, there's quite a few members here also who dont design.


The moderators did discuss this, as well as a design competition, but there's no easy way to judge a coding competition because a lot of it is subjective, or you really have to know what you're talking about. For example, If someone writes something crazy in JS, I'm not the right person to judge the quality of the code because I'm still learning.


#8 Ash Scott

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 10:05 AM

Yeah development one would take too long to judge, and it would be hard to do so. Everyone writes their code differently - I may look at doing a follow on from design compeitions so everyone can take parts. By that I mean design competition one month, and a development one the next where you take one of the entried from the previous design competition and convert it to valid, maybe responsive HTML/CSS.

 

Let's get the design competitions back first, then we can look at the development ones :)



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 10:08 AM

I'm not opposed to the idea of a development competition, I just don't have any idea how it would work at the moment.



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 10:24 AM

I have an idea:

 

Why not form teams of 3 that consist of a designer, front-end developer and a back-end developer. Each team member pays a fiver and the winning team takes all? :)

 

Just thinking out loud. My idea could, of course, be rubbish!



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 10:31 AM

I have an idea:

 

Why not form teams of 3 that consist of a designer, front-end developer and a back-end developer. Each team member pays a fiver and the winning team takes all? :)

 

Just thinking out loud. My idea could, of course, be rubbish!

 

That's not far off how hackathon teams work, but some teams can have a massive advantage over others, and that can discourage people from joining in.

 

It's not easy, because you need to randomise it really, but based on skill levels.

 

So you would get a beginner, intermediate, and advanced developer, or designer in each team. That's the only fair way I could see of doing it. The beginner obviously benefits from the experience too.



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 01:14 PM

 

That's not far off how hackathon teams work, but some teams can have a massive advantage over others, and that can discourage people from joining in.

 

It's not easy, because you need to randomise it really, but based on skill levels.

 

So you would get a beginner, intermediate, and advanced developer, or designer in each team. That's the only fair way I could see of doing it. The beginner obviously benefits from the experience too.

 

Okay, so all we need is 3 'pots' of names. 1 pot for each role type.

 

We could then pick teams at random from those pots.



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 01:33 PM

 

Okay, so all we need is 3 'pots' of names. 1 pot for each role type.

 

We could then pick teams at random from those pots.

 

And the first development challenge can be to build a script which does this! The prettiest and best functioning one wins :p



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 01:36 PM

 

And the first development challenge can be to build a script which does this! The prettiest and best functioning one wins :p

 

I was just thinking that :)



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 01:38 PM

Competition aside, this would be a great idea working in small teams on sites for fun, would help lesser experienced developers and more experienced developers may even learn something. 



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Posted 10 August 2015 - 08:44 PM

Going good with 7 votes, if we reach 10, i'll do it!



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Posted 11 August 2015 - 07:24 AM

I'm liking this idea! 



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Posted 17 August 2015 - 10:00 AM

I am liking the idea of design !!



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Posted 17 August 2015 - 10:56 AM

Nice diea ! definitely yes from me


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 07:12 AM

I never see before.



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Posted 13 January 2017 - 10:59 AM

Voted for yes. I guess such competition can keep the forum alive.






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