How does the judging take place?
Judges are not permitted to vote on work they were directly involved in. Print entries are spread out on tables by category. Most categories require several room setups. Each juror views the entries independently. Any juror can put an entry into the final voting by picking it up from the table. Digital and motion entries are selected by checking an “in” or “out” column on prepared scoring sheets. For finals, print entries are again spread out on tables by category. Two paper cups, one white and one red, with slots cut in the bottom, are placed upside down to the right of each entry. White cups are for "in" votes, red cups for "out." Each juror votes with different colored ceramic tiles by putting his or her tile in the appropriate cup. After all the jurors finish voting on print, they move to another hall for digital files and motion entries. Again, voting is done by each juror checking the “in” or “out” column on scoring sheets. Meanwhile, in the print hall, a check of the tile colors tells the Communication Arts staff if a specific juror has missed a piece and he or she is called back to vote. After the judges make their selections, their votes are tallied. A simple majority is usually required for a finalist to be selected a winner.