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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Call for Nominations

13th Annual Stanley Caplan User-Centered Product Design Award

This award recognizes excellence of both product design and the user-centered process used to develop it.

People: All individuals or teams engaged in product design and development
Products: Consumer, commercial, industrial, and medical products, software applications, and systems used in the home, in the workplace, or while mobile
Readiness: No more than minor modifications are needed to put product into normal use or product is already in use for 3 years or less.

Submission Deadline: June 6th, 2014
Entry Fee: None
Other Fees: None
Presentation: Winner gives talk at special award session on October 28th, 2014 during the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Winner: $1,000 honorarium and elegant trophy
Honorable Mention: Elegant trophy


The nominations should be submitted in electronic form and should adhere to the following format:

Cover Sheet (separate file)
  1. Name of Product
  2. Name of person/persons being nominated and their title(s)
  3. Names of team members that worked on the product and their titles
  4. Name of contact person and their phone, mailing address, and email
Body Sheets (file separate from cover sheet)
  1. Name of Product
  2. State of Development: Is this product currently on the market?  If not, what remains to be done?
  3. Abstract (200 words) including a concise statement of why you consider this to be an especially user-centered product and design process.
  4. Product Description including pictures, story boards, screen shots etc. that clearly explains the product’s format and primary means of user interaction.
  5. Targeted Users:  Describe the characteristics of the targeted users and how they were different than excluded users.
  6. Reasons for Product Development: Why was this product developed?  
  7. External Considerations: What external constraints and/or requirements were imposed upon the development of the product or process?
  8. Judging Criteria: Following are the judging criteria.  Please write a separate description for each of the six criteria that explains how the product or process meets that criterion. The criteria are divided between issues of design and issues of methodology used to develop and evaluate the design.
  • Design Criteria
    • 8.A. Functional Obviousness
      • Does the first impression speak to the user in a way that makes the product appealing and apparently easy to use and/or navigate?
    • 8.B. Ease of Operation
      • How easy is it to learn and actually use the product? For example and depending on the type of product and its intended use, how has usability criteria driven the design as it applies to downloading, installation, navigation, setup, error avoidance/recovery, physical manipulation, maintainability, portability, et cetera?
    • 8.C. Creativity/Innovation
      • How is this product or software application unique compared to similar ones?  How does usability, appearance, dynamics, etc. take advantage of new technological capabilities or negate the need for them?
  • Methodology Criteria
    • 8.D. Concept Development
      • How was new user input obtained or past user data applied to influence, evolve, and establish the product or software concept?
    • 8.E. Product Design
      • How was user data generated and used to specify design parameters or make design decisions that further developed the established concept?
    • 8.F. Evaluation
      • What was done to assess usability of the design?  This could include iterative assessments made during the design/development process and/or validation studies, and/or feedback obtained in the market that could be used for subsequent versions.  Be specific concerning testing methodology.
Submissions must address all judging criteria.  Failure to follow the judging format may result in disqualification.  

Video (optional)
A video may be submitted to illustrate the product or its usage.  Marketing videos will not be considered in the judging.  Videos should not exceed 5 Megabytes and should be viewable on Windows Media Player or Quicktime.

Judges’ evaluations can only be based on the submission they receive.  A high quality submission that clearly and concisely addresses each criterion will be an asset.  The submission should not be treated as a marketing tool.  Statements about a product’s quality should be substantiated by documenting results or clear rationale that explain the how and why.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the award is June 6, 2014.  Nominations should be submitted electronically to Dianne McMullin.  

Judges will select a winner in August and may also identify submissions for honorable mention.  If none of the submissions evaluated are of sufficiently high quality, judges will have discretion to forego a winner.

Immediately after the October 28th special award session, HFES will issue a press release identifying the winning project team and product.