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Golden Image Judging Criteria

Who are the judges and what do they do?

Judges are employees of SGIA Member companies. They are chosen on the basis of their technical skills, experience, and knowledge in the categories for which they judge. Judges often come from companies that have won competition awards in previous years. Judges are unpaid volunteers who donate their time and skills for the benefit of the industry and the competition and have no perfunctory interest in the outcome. If you are interested in judging, you may contact Johnny Shell(link sends e-mail), SGIA Vice President of Technical Services for more information.

2016 JUDGING CRITERIA

Judging criteria for the Golden Image Competition, are under constant evaluation and revision to assure the best possible chance for every contestant. The following criteria are used by judges as a guide for their scoring decisions:

JUDGING CRITERIA for SCREEN PRINTED ENTRIES (Subgroup A, B, & C)

IMAGE DEFINITION — 20 points maximum

  • Edge Faults — (10 points maximum) Sawtooth, mesh marks, smears, bleeding, missing or blocked edges, ink strings or static strings, loss of detail, etc.
  • Area Faults — (10 points maximum) Mesh marks, ghost image, moiré, uneven ink deposit, mottling, bubbling, fisheyes, pinholes, dirt, repair marks, ink trails, streaks, substrate show—through, etc.

COLOR APPEARANCE — (10 points maximum) Bleeding, opacity, transparency, dot gain, moiré, poor tonal range in 4-color process, muted color in 4-color process, color streaks, color consistency from edge to edge, etc.

REGISTRATION — (10 points maximum) Poor trapping, image distortion, butt—to—butt gaps, poor placement on substrate, distorted rosette in 4-color process, objectionable color overlap, excessive color overlap, registration for finishing processes, etc.

JOB COMPLEXITY — (10 points maximum) Substrate difficulties, image size, number of printing colors, line count (halftones & 4-color process), special inks (metallic, glitter, fluorescent, etc.), vignettes, close tolerance, electrical shorts or open, etc.

SPECIAL EFFECTS — (0 to 5 points bonus) Award points for effective and creative special effects created by the screen printing process. Award bonus points only if the effect is stated on the category specification card.

NOTE: Finishing processes are not usually considered special effects. Die cutting, foil application, embossing, laminating, etc. are not eligible for consideration.

JUDGING CRITERIA for MEMBRANE SWITCH/PRINTED ELECTRONICS & ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS - OTHER

OVERALL DESIGN — (10 points maximum) Critique Quality and Efficiency of Design, intricacy, use of technology, uniqueness of design, efficiency of layout (component use, minimize crossovers, interlayer connections, etc.)

REGISTRATION — (10 points maximum) Registration of Printing to Finishing Process — Die cutting, Laser cutting, etc. Registration of Assembled Layers — Quality of assembly Registration of Assembled Components — LED, resistor, connectors, etc.

IMAGE DEFINITION— Circuits/Graphics (10 points maximum)

  • Edge Faults — (10 points maximum) Sawtooth, mesh marks, smears, bleeding, missing or blocked edges, ink strings or static strings, loss of detail, etc.
  • Area Faults — (10 points maximum) Mesh marks, ghost image, uneven ink deposit, electrical shorts or open, mottling, bubbling, pinholes, dirt, repair marks, ink trails, streaks, substrate show—through, etc.

MANUFACTURING COMPLEXITY — (10 points maximum) Workmanship, Production Quantity, Assembly difficulties, Overall size, Number of layers, Close tolerance, Die cutting, Lamination, Embossing, Overall Quality

SPECIAL INNOVATION — (0 to 5 points bonus) Award points for unique and innovative effects used to produce the product. Award bonus points only if the effect is stated on the category specification card.

NOTE: Finishing processes are not usually considered special effects. Die cutting, foil application, embossing, laminating, etc. are not eligible for consideration.

JUDGING CRITERIA for the EMBROIDERY CATEGORY

IMAGE DEFINITION — (20 points maximum) Uneven edges, uneven lettering baseline, stitch density & balance, underlayment show—through, bobbin thread visible, thread trim & trails, loose threads, fabric damage, bunching at corners, unreadable lettering, visible repairs, image shape (round circles, etc), image distortion, stitch choice for application, etc.

REGISTRATION — (10 points maximum) Poor trapping, image distortion, undercolor show through, placement/alignment on product, color misalignment, close tolerance registration, etc.

JOB COMPLEXITY — (10 points maximum) Substrate difficulties, image size, number of thread colors, use of special threads, close tolerance, special registration requirements with other imaging processes or patches, placement on product, etc.

OVERALL IMPRESSION — (10 points maximum) General feeling about the overall appearance of the embroidery, including color impact, visual interest, expected longevity of the product when in use, etc.

JUDGING CRITERIA for the FLOCKED PRODUCTS CATEGORY

IMAGE CLARITY & DESIGN — (20 points maximum)

  • Image Clarity — (10 points maximum) Clearness of appearance, image legibility, etc.
  • Design — (10 points maximum) Appropriateness for flocking, visual appeal, tactile value, etc.

COLOR PROXIMITY — (10 points maximum) Multiple color proximity (closeness).

FIBER DENSITY — (10 points maximum) Degree of fiber uniformity in the flocked area.

JOB COMPLEXITY — (10 points maximum) Substrate difficulties, image size, number of fiber colors.

JUDGING CRITERIA FOR DIGITALLY PRINTED ENTRIES (Subgroup D)

COLOR BALANCE/GRAY BALANCE — (20 points maximum) Colors are rendered accurately. No color cast exists in gray areas.

COLOR GAMUT — (10 points maximum) The range of colors are perceived to be properly profiled and represented.

IMAGE QUALITY — (10 points maximum) Little to no perceived image degradation as a result of improper resolution, print device parameters or malfunction.

IMAGE RESOLUTION — (10 points maximum) Resolution used is appropriate for the perceived viewing distance.

CREATIVITY — (10 points maximum) Image or application uniqueness.