I think it is wonderful that CORE77 is holding these awards and I applaud what I’m sure was an enormous amount of time and effort spent on behalf of the people organizing it. It’s very exciting.
I would like to apply, but something is bugging me which I’d like to share, and that is regarding the application process. The thing is, I get exhausted just reading the requirements, let alone completing them. There are the six questions to consider (which are not superficial questions), AND a video, AND a website. It’s a lot. I have applied for public art projects with budgets in the thousands of dollars that require less work. I realize that it isn’t necessary to do all of these things, but doing anything less than all of them to the best of my ability, feels like I’m not giving it my all.
I think it is the addition of the video and website which take the wind out of my sails. I consider myself pretty technologically adept - I can design a website, but it’s not like I do that every day, and I’ve never produced a video (other than using my phone or my webcam). I am certainly capable of doing those things, but since I don’t do them every day there will be a learning curve. The problem is TIME. I am busy and I work (as a self employed designer), and I don’t have a lot of spare time. From my perspective, narrowing down the requirements to just ONE (either questions or website or video) would be fine. I don’t mean that applicants should be able to choose their medium, which would not offer be a level playing field, and would be an organizational nightmare, but rather that there would be a SINGLE medium required, instead of three.
For example, asking designers to apply using a video is a great idea. In that single format one could easily present all of the information that judges need to see and understand.
A website, ditto.
Written questions accompanied by JPEGs would be my last choice (less interesting/flexible), but would get the job done.
I realize it’s too late to change things, but I hope CORE will consider my feedback when designing next year’s competition.
For fellow applicants and readers, what do you think? Is the request for written+web+video content too much?