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SDA Award

Japan Sign Design Association Award (as known as SDA Award) was established in 1966 for the purpose of promoting and educating the public about the sign design through presentation of signature design works to the wide society. It continues to be the only award program for sign design in Japan.

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When you complete the applicant registration, the system automatically sends a confirmation email (see sample below). However, we have seen the cases of undelivered mail due to incoming mail servers refusing to accept the mail. The registered ID (email address) and the password will allow you to complete the entry, however you may fail to receive emails, such as the information for paying application fee by bank transfer (if you have selected bank transfer as the method of payment.)
If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact the secretariat at info@sda-award.org.

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Title: Completion of Applicant Registration: 51 SDA Award
XX XXX sama
Thank you very much for making an applicant registration for the SDA Award.
Please log in from the link below to proceed with your entry.
http://member.sda-award.org/
Secretariat, Japan Sign Design Association
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If you’ve forgotten your password you can enter your e-mail at Reset password form on If you forget your password tab.

Examination Method

Primary Selection is conducted on web-based screening, so the screen size depends on the examiner’s environment.
In the Secondary Screening, examiners will have two 55V type monitors (plan.) In addition, two 40 V type monitors will be provided for the observers. Examiners will also use tablets (9.7″ iPads) for scoring and they will be viewing the images on these screens as well.

Application Fee

You can select bank transfer or credit card (PayPal) as method payment

Application fee is \4,000 per work.
Application fee includes examination fee of two image files: one concept sheet and one photograph.
If you are submitting two images or more, additional examination fee of \1,500 per additional image will be charged.
An examination fee of \6,000 per video will be charged for video file submission.

Example
If you are submitting 2 images and 1 video, the fee will be: 4,000+1,500+6,000=11,500
If you are submitting 3 images, the fee will be: 4,000+1,500×2=7,000

Application fee will be automatically calculated and you will be able to check the fee at [Payment]
Until the payment is complete, you can add, delete or edit image or video files.

When you select the bank transfer as the payment method, the system automatically sends a Notice of Application Fee (see sample below). However, we have seen the cases of undelivered mail due to mail servers refusing to accept the mail. When secretariat confirms the undelivered mail, the notice is resent manually. If the notice mail is not received within 24 hours (except for during holidays) of completing application, please contact the secretariat at info@sda-award.org.

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Title: Notice of Application Fee: 51 SDA Award
XX XXX sama
We have confirmed your payment process as shown below.
Please proceed to complete the payment before May 22, 2017.
[Date of Payment Process] 2017-00-00 00:00:00
[Application Number] SDA510000000###
[Name of Applicant] Tadashi Yuasa
[Payment Method] Bank Transfer
[Title of Work Submitted] Shiga Prefectural Biwako Museum \##,000 —
Total Due: \##,000
[Account Information]
Resona Bank
Hongo Branch
Current Account 575825
Japan Sign Design Association
[Payment Due]
Month XX, 2017
*When making the remittance, please add the last three digits of the Application Number (SDA510000000###) before the name of transferee
For example,
Application Number: SDA510000000###
Applicant Name: Hanako Sign
Transferee’s name should be “### Hanako Sign”
Japan Sign Design Association

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We will send an invoice or receipt if needed. When the payment is processed, you will receive an email for “Notice of Receipt of Application Fee” (when paid in PayPal) or “Notice of Application Fee” (when bank transfer is selected). Please write in reply to these emails to info@sda-award.org, and request for an invoice or a receipt.
When requesting an invoice or a receipt, please provide:
Mailing address and name of person (name of company, department, contact person)
The name the invoice or the receipt should be addressed to. (If there is no request, the invoice or the receipt will be addressed to the Applicant.)
Receipt will be issued once the payment is confirmed. Administrative processing may require about 10 days before receipt is sent. We appreciate your patience.

Application

When uploading multiple photographs, 1 file should contain 1 photograph.
Multiple photographs on a single page as group of photos is not allowed.
However, in the first file only, applicant may submit a concept sheet combining multiple images.
For more information on concept sheet, please check the answer to the question “Can we apply with a page composed of photographs and concept statement?”

The applicant is allowed to submit one image file combining charts, figures, text and multiple photographs (group of photographs) as a concept chart.
All other image files should contain one photograph (with short caption text).

One entry per work is the general rule, however, multiple applications in different perspectives (for example: “Architectural Environment” and “Sign System”) are acceptable.
However, the applicant should be aware that:

  • The entries should have different titles and concepts.
  • The photographs depicting different motifs and different angles to express the difference in perspective, are preferred when uploading for application.
  • In the event the two entries both win the awards, the editor may select photographs for publication (to avoid duplication of photographs).

There is no rule to the format for concept sheet. However, the entries will be examined using PC or tablet screens (primary selection) and monitor screens (secondary selection, with regular HD aspect ratio), we recommend landscape mode.

When you select the bank transfer as the payment method, the system automatically sends a Notice of Application Fee (see sample below). However, we have seen the cases of undelivered mail due to mail servers refusing to accept the mail. When secretariat confirms the undelivered mail, the notice is resent manually. If the notice mail is not received within 24 hours (except for during holidays) of completing application, please contact the secretariat at info@sda-award.org.

===== Sample =====

Title: Notice of Application Fee: 51 SDA Award
XX XXX sama
We have confirmed your payment process as shown below.
Please proceed to complete the payment before May 22, 2017.
[Date of Payment Process] 2017-00-00 00:00:00
[Application Number] SDA510000000###
[Name of Applicant] Tadashi Yuasa
[Payment Method] Bank Transfer
[Title of Work Submitted] Shiga Prefectural Biwako Museum \##,000 —
Total Due: \##,000
[Account Information]
Resona Bank
Hongo Branch
Current Account 575825
Japan Sign Design Association
[Payment Due]
Month XX, 2017
*When making the remittance, please add the last three digits of the Application Number (SDA510000000###) before the name of transferee
For example,
Application Number: SDA510000000###
Applicant Name: Hanako Sign
Transferee’s name should be “### Hanako Sign”
Japan Sign Design Association

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For the purpose of managing applications, we request an individual name to be used as the leading applicant when registering. And ID (email address) used should be the address for contact person that could be reached.
Entries selected as finalists will be included in the yearbook and the collection, so we will be contacting the selected applicants after the first screening, for further schedule and submission of image data required for publication. If changes or additions are needed in the credit to be published, the applicant may contact the secretariat and provide the changes in by mail text or in Word or Excel documents. (We cannot accept hand written memo or PDF files)
The name of applicant or the names of related parties will not be disclosed to the judges.

Applicant Registration

The name of applicant used in the application should be the name of the leading applicant. If a staff member is making the application on behalf of the leading applicant, the application should be in the name of the leading applicant and not the person who is making the application.
However, for the ID (mail address), please register the email address of the contact person that could be easily reached. The email address does not need to belong to the person registered as applicant.

For the purpose of managing applications, we request an individual name to be used as the leading applicant when registering. And ID (email address) used should be the address for contact person that could be reached.
Entries selected as finalists will be included in the yearbook and the collection, so we will be contacting the selected applicants after the first screening, for further schedule and submission of image data required for publication. If changes or additions are needed in the credit to be published, the applicant may contact the secretariat and provide the changes in by mail text or in Word or Excel documents. (We cannot accept hand written memo or PDF files)
The name of applicant or the names of related parties will not be disclosed to the judges.

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