Ladies and gentlemen the winners are in!! You are probably thinking to yourself “what winners?!” And right about now you are going through the list. It’s not time for the Oscars or the Grammy’s and unfortunately it’s not time for the elections yet either (although only 7 month to go so lets stay strong!) So what winners were announced? Ok ok don’t panic I’ll tell you; it was the Webby awards of course. So you may not know about them yet but one day these awards will be just as highly anticipated as any of those other award shows (maybe even more so).
Now I bet you want to know what the Webby awards are. Well here it is in their own words: “The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web's infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.” They also have a voter’s choice award from each category. They give awards for websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile. And each of those categories has many subcategories.
So now that I’ve told you all about what these awards are I bet you are dying to know who the winners are. Not only is it fun to check out these websites but they are actually a great learning tool. These sites are the best in their fields so why not take tips from them.
Let’s start with best home page; most of the nominees had flash as their homepage. That tells us something. The winner for this category was LA Film School. The Peoples Choice was National Geographic.
Another interesting category is best Navigation structure. The winner in this category is TED.com and it is easy to see why. Everything is very clean and organized and it lets you see where you need to go easily. TED.com was also the winner for the Best Visual Design- Function.
One that everyone should definitely check out is http://www.coke.com/hf. They won best use of animation. Animation is a difficult thing to get right, and coke did a wonderful job. Plus it’s a really cute site so check it out!
These are just a few that I felt were worth mentioning but if you want to know more check out the site for a full list of winners. There a winners in most fields (such as banking, automotive ext) so check out the best in your field for ideas on how to make your site better. Also this is a good chance to check out cool websites you have never heard of before. There is also fun stuff like person of the year (Stephen Colbert) and Artist of the year (Wil.i.am). Plus there are awards for best Blog in many categories.