The new idea upload: 7 tips for creating great submissions

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We’ve made some exciting improvements to how you upload your ideas! The new process helps to frame your designs in line with brief requirements and easily structure your ideas.

By the end of this post, you’ll:

  • Have a good understanding of the new idea upload process
  • Be introduced to the different slide types
  • Get tips on creating outstanding submissions using the new idea upload

What’s new?

We’ve streamlined and standardized the upload process, making it easier for you to deliver exactly what the client is looking for while creating a structured overview of your idea in just a few simple steps. Clients can give you more structured feedback if they can quickly understand the key aspects of your concepts. A win-win for everyone!

Now you can:

  • Avoid over or under delivering by working with a predefined format
  • Professionally cite any third-party material used
  • Save and come back to your design using the draft mode
  • Work collaboratively with your teammate(s) in draft mode before publishing

Know your slides!

Every project will use a mix of slides that best matches your creative output. Let’s take a quick look at the different types of slides and how to use them best.

In each project you’ll work on either a Spark or a Concept slide.

Spark slide

This slide contains the initial “spark” of your idea: It should effortlessly communicate your idea.  You’ll be asked for the “solution”, which should describe how your idea solves the problem and its key features. What makes your idea stand out?

Whether it be text or visual, use this slide to really pitch your idea!

Concept slide

This slide allows you to add more details than the Spark slide. In this slide you can add an observation (why you’ve chosen your particular solution) and a conclusion (why you think it’ll work).

Don’t forget, the main visual should summarize the overall idea at a glance.

Additional slide

In addition to the Spark or Concept slides, you may have the ability to upload additional slides which can be a mix of visual, text, or both. Be sure to read the tips below to find out how to make the most out of each slide!

7 tips for creating great submissions

Keep these handy tips in mind when uploading your idea to make sure your submission looks great when it’s presented to the client:

  • Think of each section as a slide, like in presentation. There’s no need to insert the client logo or your jovoto username into your visual, they’ll appear on each slide when you publish your idea.
  • Keep your images text free, unless adding text is an important part of a design. Also, there’s no need to repeat text or information in your images, such as including the project name, your jovoto username, or headlines.
  • That said, if you do use text, make sure it’s readable. Think of it as a thumbnail that shouldn’t contain too much text and can be read on different devices or in print.
  • Your idea doesn’t have to be final, but you should only submit an idea after adding all the required information. No more writing “coming soon” in text fields!
  • Now that you can truly work together on the platform, try inviting people to collaborate on your idea in draft mode before you publish.
  • And last but not least, don’t forget to publish! It might sound a bit obvious, but publishing your idea means you’ll get really valuable feedback from the jovoto community and the client. Don’t leave an idea sulking in draft mode!

Make sure you take full advantage of the improvements the next time you submit an idea. Head on over to our current projects and see for yourself how using the new process can help you create successful submissions!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jess

Jess has been a Community Manager at jovoto since 2011. She enjoys getting to know community members from different parts of the globe, creating dialog and watching exciting ideas take shape on the platform.

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