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Call for Entries: Intranet Design Annual 2013: Year's 10 Best Intranets

March 30, 2012

We are conducting the annual intranet design competition to identify the world's 10 best intranets. The top ten winners will be announced in January 2013.

The deadline has passed and entries are no longer accepted.


Submission Guidelines

There are two parts to the initial submission:

  1. information about the intranet project and people involved
  2. screenshots of the intranet

We will publish a report with the screenshots from the winning intranets as well as the information about the project and design process. We also sometimes use the best screenshots in our conference presentations. Only submit material that you are willing to see published. The report will be read by tens of thousands of intranet professionals, so being published is a major PR opportunity for the winners, but the broad readership means that you should not submit any confidential information.


Part One: Information

Please submit answers in a MS Word document. Provide the following information:

  1. Name of the organization using the intranet
  2. Location of organization?s headquarters
  3. Name of the organization responsible for the design of the intranet. (In-house, outside agency hired by the company, or a combination of the two?)
  4. Contact name, e-mail address, mailing address and telephone number (Used to clarify any questions and notify winners.)
  5. Brief description (less than 100 words) of the organization using the intranet, and if applicable, a short description of the agency that designed the intranet
  6. Short description (300–500 words) of the intranet. Please include:
    • Goal of the intranet
    • Basic features and description of user tasks the site
    • supports
    • Types of users the site supports and types of work they do
    • Approximate number of users the site supports, and geographic locations of those users
    • What makes the design particularly interesting or usable
  7. A list of all screenshots and a brief description of each (see part 2 of submission below).


Part Two: Screenshots

Submit at least 6 and no more than 12 screenshots of the intranet. Include some of the following, as appropriate:

  1. Homepage (required)
  2. Top-level navigation
  3. Employee profile page
  4. Form or data entry area
  5. Page about a particular team or department
  6. Content-level page
  7. Role-based (personalized) page, menu, or area (if available)
  8. Example(s) of interesting or innovative designs, content or features
  9. Mobile version of the intranet (if available)
  10. If possible, submit a few screenshots of the site before you made changes to improve usability. (We will only score the current design, but knowing where it came from helps understand its benefits)

Screenshot instructions:

  • Take full-page images, showing as much as would be visible in a normal browser window
  • Crop images to show only the site (not the browser window and controls)
  • Save in PNG format
  • Save as separate files (NOT in a document or presentation)
  • Describe each in the Information document (see Part One)
  • Do NOT put callouts or captions on the screenshots. Place all descriptive text in the Information document.
  • If text in the screenshots is not in English, please also include an explanation of what the screens say. A full translation is not necessary, but do translate all important features and elements.)

Name each file using the following convention:


# is a serial number incremented by 1 for each screenshot. For example, if your company name is ACME, and you submit a screenshot of the homepage on the live intranet site, and a two previous versions of the design, you would save these in three separate graphic files, and name them this:

  • Acme_01_home_live.png
  • Acme_02_home_version1.png
  • Acme_03_home_version2.png

Only send us screenshots that can be reproduced in the report if you win. Please replace any confidential information from the screenshots with dummy text.

Sending Entries

The deadline has passed and entries are no longer accepted.


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