These are the contest types you can run on Studio.
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:
- T-shirt design
- Postcard/mailer or invitation design
- Banners, table-tops and other conference materials
- Posters and flyers
- Business cards and other stationery
Presentation design contests organize marketing or sales material into a professional design. Contests include:
- PPT slide templates (masters)
- Report/presentation covers
- Graphs, charts and other graphics used within a presentation
Application Front-End Design
Application front-end design contests are often 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:
- A one-screen storyboard of an application's main page.
- A multi-page storyboard contest asking members to design certain pages of an application.
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 application. Storyboard contests rarely require more than 10 screens. The remaining screens are built during in the UI Prototype contest.
Web design contests are also 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 web design storyboards on Studio:
- A one-screen storyboard of a web site's main page.
- A two-screen storyboard contest of a web site's main page and a sub-page template.
- A storyboard design for a web-application.
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. Storyboard contests rarely require more than 10 screens. The remaining screens are built during in the UI Prototype contest.
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.
Flash contests that require design elements/illustrations and need a creative solution belong in this category. Generally, this contest type is reserved for flash banners or small elements that do not need heavy interaction or other coded components. Flash projects that already have the graphical elements designed and need to be coded in Actionscript belong in the RIA Build track (see below).
Widget or Mobile Screen Design
Widgets and mobile screen design tend to have specific development requirements and restrictions that make the UI design unique. Contests in this area may focus on the best use of small space, specific source file requirements (such as vector files for widget designs that will be built in Flash), and unique layout considerations (vertical and horizontal smart phone layouts, for example).
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:
- Contest to come up with iPhone app ideas for a company
- Contest to take a generalized idea for an application and come up with a way to customize it for a niche group
These competitions are run on the Software side of TopCoder, not on the Studio website. However, they are traditionally considered Studio contest types, and se they are listed here for informational purposes only.
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.