When DesignContest.net first started the Design Team, it was decided that we would allow contest holders to choose what level of designer they wanted to design their project. This is why there are currently four different levels of designers. This plan, however, did not work the way we originally planned.
With that in mind, the Design Contest administration would like to announce that from this point on all team level definitions (Apprentice,Bronze,Gold,Platinum) will be removed. Design Team members will now belong to one single group - "Design Team Member". This change will take place over the next couple days.
Design team members: please do not worry. You are all still a member of the team, and are just being merged into one group. Recent applicants do not need to worry either, as portfolios will still be judged on the same merits as before.
In place of the levels, we will be offering different badges to designers who we feel are doing an excellent job. These badges can be displayed on websites, and possibly on the forums in the future. You can expect to see the badges in coming weeks.
Thanks, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask!