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TCO19 Virtual UI Design Round Challenge

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Challenge Summary

Welcome to the TCO19 Virtual UI Design Round Challenge!  This challenge is a 60-minute Design Challenge, that will be used for evaluating and seeding the design finalists for the onsite TCO19 UI Design Competition.

The challenge starts at 10:00 AM EST and you must upload your submission by 11:15 AM EST.

The goal of this 1- Hour RUX Challenge is to take the provided design problem, analyze the requirements and provide design concepts and visual solutions on what the best user experience would be.

This challenge is for TCO19 UI Design Finalists ONLY.  Do not register if you are not part of TCO19 UI Design Finalist.

ALL TOPCODER DESIGN RULES APPLY.
Entries must be your original work, and must not infringe on the copyright or licenses of others. All standard Topcoder Terms, Topcoder Policies apply to this challenge. Your design must be created by you and original to you. You are allowed to be inspired by design research but copying and submitting someone else's designs is against Topcoder policies and will not be tolerated.

RESPECT OTHER DESIGNERS. If you have any doubts ask!


Topcoder Community Code of Conduct

Please read the challenge specification carefully and watch the forums for any questions or feedback concerning this challenge. It is important that you monitor any updates provided by the client or Studio Admins in the forums. Please post any questions you might have for the client in the forums.

Full Description & Project Guide

The goal of this challenge is to design a new landing/marketing page for the Topcoder RUX (Rapid User Experience) challenges, that would provide valuable information for both Topcoder Customers as well as for Topcoder Designers.

Design Problem
It is time to take RUX's to the next level! We have the current designer leaderboard (RUX tab) but we want to not only be able to showcase Rapid User Experience design to Topcoder members but also showcase and bring in more opportunities with our customers! This 1-Hour RUX challenge is focused on creating a NEW landing web page for the Topcoder Website that would market and showcase what Topcoder RUX is all about!

Audience
  • Customers: This should be a marketing page for Topcoder customers, interested in learning more about Topcoder Design, rapid design, and the amazing Topcoder Design talent. Topcoder Sales would be able to send this landing page to potential customers in order to get them excited about Topcoder and the RUX process. Customers would be able to see the portfolio of RUX problems, Topcoder designer profiles and have a clear call to action to get started. (We do not want this to just be a leaderboard page).
 
  • Topcoder Designers: This should be a page that is also engaging to current and future Topcoder Designers.
    • A regular designer who is competing on RUX challenges and wants to see the leaderboard and their position and as well to check the latest RUX designs and opportunities.
    • A first-time RUX participant who is eager to see the quality level required to win a RUX challenge by looking at previous problems and designs.

Thoughts on what the page could include:
  • Details of what a RUX is
  • RUX leaderboard
  • Link to any live/current RUX challenges
  • Link to recent RUX winners

Some additional thoughts:
  • Stats about the challenge such as: number of designers registered/submitted, number of countries represented, number of checkpoint designs received, number of final designs, how many hours was the RUX run
  • The RUX winners can have a profile related to their RUX performance over time (a graph to show their winning evolution, the total amount of money won on RUX's, last RUX, designs submitted on RUX, etc.)
  • The page can include a grid of RUX's with winners for each of them and their problem + solutions.
  • The RUX's can be filtered by industry types like finance, health, transportation, open innovations, etc.
  • Each RUX could have a short description of the problem to solve (critical for engaging customers), prizes, images (these can be designs of the winners, but can also be photos from meetings/event shots with the customers) and testimonials from the customers about their RUX results.
  • We would like you to keep in mind that the leaderboards are not just about the first placement winners but also a variety of placements and performance of all designers.
  • RUX can be included/impactful as part of customer Design Thinking workshops (benefits of Topcoder and RUX).
  • Other interesting facts: New registered designers on Topcoder winning on their first RUX, best designer performance in the last 6 RUX's, etc.
  • Graphs can be included too as in the spreadsheet example to show the RUX placements and the wins.

IMPORTANT:
All the items listed DO NOT NEED TO INCLUDED. We are focused on what design concepts and visual solutions you think would contribute to the best user experience solving this design problem.


Sample Data
We put together here 6 RUXes as examples that you can use and add in your designs. If you have other examples or designs from RUXes, feel free to use them.

Branding Guidelines
For this challenge, we are using the Topcoder brand…

What this means:
  • We are looking for your landing page to fit/feel like it is part of the Topcoder brand
  • We are not going to be super strict on this - we are not looking for pixel perfection on the branding elements.
  • We are focused on your design concepts and visual solutions to the design problem.

Your design should tie to the overall look and feel of the Topcoder brand by using the green pile buttons, the Barlow Condensed font for headings and Roboto font for the paragraphs.

Important: The links below are meant to be helpful. Do not get slowed down in making the brand perfect.
  • You can find on Marvel, the latest GUI KIT we use for Topcoder. This has recently been applied to topcoder.com. Using Marvel Handoff, you can pick up colors, font types, etc.
  • Examples of pages recently designed with the new Topcoder GUI KIT: Topcoder Community Landing Page, THRIVE and TCO20.
  • The GUI KIT is created in Sketch.  For those of you who use other tools to design we put together the current GUI KIT in SVG format as well. Download the GUI KIT from here.

Submission Format Requirements:
  • Screen size (web): width 1280px x Height as long as needed
  • Upload your submission on the challenge details page
  • Submit what you have!

Target Audience
  • Topcoder Customers
  • Topcoder Designers

Judging Criteria:
Your submission will be judged on the following criteria:
  • UI Design Scorecard
  • Customer: Marketing aspect and call to action. Is it clear what a RUX is?
  • Designer: How fast can a designer find RUX information
  • How strong your concept is
  • Clean and modern design

Submission & Source Files:
Submission File
All requested Contest Deliverables in JPG or PNG file format in RGB color mode at 72dpi.

Source Files
All original source files of the submitted design.

Preview Image
Please create your preview image as one (1) 1024x1024 JPG or PNG file in RGB color mode at 72dpi and place your submissions within it.

Stock Artwork
Stock photography is allowed in this challenge. See this page for more details.
For icons, you can use only the Streamline set of icons. You can search the icon you need on https://app.streamlineicons.com (Streamline 3.0 Regular Icon) and then look for it in the set of icons provided in the forums.

If you have trouble submitting, please email adroc@topcoder.com and keyla.blue1@gmail.com.

How To Submit

  • New to Studio? ‌Learn how to compete here
  • Upload your submission in three parts (Learn more here). Your design should be finalized and should contain only a single design concept (do not include multiple designs in a single submission).
  • If your submission wins, your source files must be correct and “Final Fixes” (if applicable) must be completed before payment can be released.
  • You may submit as many times as you'd like during the submission phase, but only the number of files listed above in the Submission Limit that you rank the highest will be considered. You can change the order of your submissions at any time during the submission phase. If you make revisions to your design, please delete submissions you are replacing.

Winner Selection

Submissions are viewable to the client as they are entered into the challenge. Winners are selected by the client and are chosen solely at the client's discretion.

Reliability Rating and Bonus

For challenges that have a reliability bonus, the bonus depends on the reliability rating at the moment of registration for that project. A participant with no previous projects is considered to have no reliability rating, and therefore gets no bonus. Reliability bonus does not apply to Digital Run winnings. Since reliability rating is based on the past 15 projects, it can only have 15 discrete values.
Read more.

ELIGIBLE EVENTS:

2020 Topcoder(R) Open

CHALLENGE LINKS:

Screening Scorecard

SUBMISSION FORMAT:

Your Design Files:

  1. Look for instructions in this challenge regarding what files to provide.
  2. Place your submission files into a "Submission.zip" file.
  3. Place all of your source files into a "Source.zip" file.
  4. Declare your fonts, stock photos, and icons in a "Declaration.txt" file.
  5. Create a JPG preview file.
  6. Place the 4 files you just created into a single zip file. This will be what you upload.

Trouble formatting your submission or want to learn more? ‌Read the FAQ.

Fonts, Stock Photos, and Icons:

All fonts, stock photos, and icons within your design must be declared when you submit. DO NOT include any 3rd party files in your submission or source files. Read about the policy.

Screening:

All submissions are screened for eligibility before the challenge holder picks winners. Don " t let your hard work go to waste. Learn more about how to  pass screening.

Questions? ‌Ask in the Challenge Discussion Forums.

SOURCE FILES:

  • Layered PSD files created in Adobe Photoshop or similar
  • AI files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar
  • EPS files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar
  • Vector AI files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar
  • Sketch
  • XD

You must include all source files with your submission.

SUBMISSION LIMIT:

1 submission