Studio has several different types of competitions to choose from. Here is an overview of what you’ll find.
Logo competitions on Studio range from conceptualizing the primary identifying mark of a company to creating a product logo or service mark.
Print competitions can range from a poster for a company event, to a tri-fold brochure promoting services. Here are some examples of print contests:
Presentation design contests organize marketing or sales material into a professional design. Contests include:
Web and App design contests are called “storyboards.” They produce “flat” graphic files; the screens look exactly how they should appear to the user, but nothing about the storyboards is interactive or functional. Here are a few examples of the types of storyboards on Studio:
Many contest holders start with a one- or two-page contest to get ideas for the “look and feel”, then choose a winner and run another contest to apply that look and feel to more pages of the site or application. Storyboard contests rarely require more than 10 screens. The remaining screens are built during in the UI Prototype contest (outside of Studio in the Software contests on TopCoder).
This category covers traditional web banners, along with promos that can be used both on web sites and email newsletters. Banner contests often require competitors to design at least three sizes, while promo contests often require different versions with alternate text provided by the contest holder.
Icons are designed for web sites, print publications, applications, mobile apps, and anywhere else where icons may be used. Contests could require just a few icons, or a larger set.
Wireframe Competitions are designed to take the requirement documents inputs from the Specification Contest (or directly from the client) and create a “roadmap” of the working application. They do not demonstrate the look and feel of the website or application. The end result of a Wireframe competition is a fully navigable representation of all of the pages and interactions for the entire website or application as well as a visual sitemap.
This unique type of contest asks competitors to conceptualize an idea and present it in written format, often with drawings or other diagrams to help explain the idea. Examples of Idea Generation contests include:
Once application, mobile and web designs are finalized in Studio, they move out of Studio and into the development phase on TopCoder.com. Here are some details about those contest types.
UI Prototype Competitions are designed to take the graphics (UI storyboards) and information architecture (IA wireframes) of a web site or application and create a demonstration of the working application. Prototypes in this type of competition are created in HTML/CSS and are generally used as the input of the next phase of development, although some prototypes move directly into production (simple web sites, for example).
Rich Internet Application (RIA) Build Competitions provide the build of small applications used both on the Internet and on the desktop. Most of the competitions here are in Flash or Flex. The competitions take the graphics (UI storyboards) and information architecture (IA wireframes) of the app to be built and create the working application.