Design 21 should re-evaluate the rules that are set up for competitions involving outside clients/organizations. To only relegate the client’s input to the end of the process seems, to me, to be bad design. With the ease of access to ALL the entries via the D21 internet forum, it just seems very old fashioned to limited the client’s input to only selections made by the expert judges. The client, if they so choose to, should be considered an expert judge and allowed in on the selection of the finalist (after all, the client should be somewhat of an expert on themselves). Inclusion earlier on could better avoid a scenario where the client feels like their needs are not satisfied by the selections chosen by the judges.
With this all said in hindsight, and regardless of the decisions made so far, it seems that D21 can still do what seems to be reasonable; they can award the efforts of the design team that fulfilled the requirements of the Final Jury. The selection process D21 designed is incomplete (No one is perfect! This is the first D21 competition that has an outside client; complications are expected). Let’s not penalize the winning designers because of an incomplete selection system.
The following are some additional comments regarding the competition and should probably go in another post; however, I’m here already, so here goes:
-I noticed that in the previous D21 competitions, comments from the judges regarding the finalists were posted on the website for gen...