- Photos and a short summary of each entry will appear on this web site before the end of July. Each puzzle, along with the goal statement, and a one-page solution will be on display during the Puzzle Party, and will be available for
hands-on examination. (The designers' names will not be formally revealed until the
announcement of the results.) If the total number of entries is greater than 50, then the jury may perform a first round of judging prior to publishing the entry list, reducing the number of entries to no less than 50. As a courtesy, entries eliminated in this round will not be publicized. (Based on recent trends, the jury will endeavor to bring the number of published entries close to around 60.)
- Puzzlers' Award: each
registered Puzzle Party attendee may select his or her top five puzzles, based on
personal preference or the suggested voting criteria. Ballots must be
returned by the end of the designated review period, as announced at the
- Jury Prize voting: the
judging panel is selected in advance by the organizing committee. Typically
this will include eligible members of the committee and sometimes someone from the host country. Each judge will select 5-7 puzzles from the pool of
entries that they feel distinguish themselves from the other puzzles in the
competition. Then the judges decide as a group what awards to give and which
puzzles shall receive them. Any member of the organizing committee that
submits a puzzle to the competition will not participate in selecting the
judges or take part in the actual judging.
The following are the tentative 2018 Design
Competition jury members:
- Nick Baxter (chair), Oskar van Deventer, Gary Foshee, Marcel Gillen, Brian Pletcher, and Naoaki Takashima.
- All judges
are asked to consider the following criteria, balanced by their personal
innovative is a new puzzle design; or how inventive is the new application of known principles? Emphasis should be given to designs that are completely new.
||How well does the physical design work together with the puzzle mechanism?
beautiful is the physical design, considering the workmanship, artistry, and use
of appropriate materials?
"fun" and rewarding is the puzzle to solve?
Puzzlers' Award will be given to the puzzle that gets the highest overall
weighted score from the Puzzle Party attendee voting. Entries in the top-10 of voting will also be recognized, if not otherwise awarded a prize.
One or more juried prizes will be awarded,
as determined by the judging committee.
The winners will
be announced during Puzzle Party.
include suitable trophies, pins, plaques or certificates.
The results of
the competition will be reported in the Puzzle Party Souvenir Booklet and on the Design Competition web site.