On Tuesday April 28th we received notice that both the newly redesigned ESPN and Style.com received The Webby’s People’s Voice Awards. Having worked closely with Style.com to launch their first redesign in five years and ESPN to launch their first redesign in over seven years we are particularly proud to see our partners get the recognition they so richly deserve.
In the months since both redesigns launched — Style.com in September, ESPN in February — there has been much discussion about both projects as each has helped set a precedence for web design in fashion and sports, respectively. As Style.com editor-in-chief, Dirk Standen, said in the announcement of the new site, “we have sought to combine bold visual sophistication with a streamlined format that emphasizes an easy-to-scan feed of stories, tools that make sharing straightforward, and intuitive navigation that helps you discover more of the stories that interest you.” Or as Ryan Spoon, ESPN’s SVP of product development simply put it, “We really wanted to clean up the navigation and make it intuitive, easy to navigate, and consistent whatever screen you’re on.”
While both sites have been well received and have stirred healthy critical debate about the future of publishing online and off it’s always nice to be formally recognized by the folks who actually use the platforms on a daily basis. The Webby’s have been called “the internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times (amongst others) and the People’s Voice Awards garner millions of votes each year, keeping with the spirit of the open web. Nominees for People’s Voice Awards are selected by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) and then put in the hands of voters from around the world. With only 344 winners chosen from the estimated 926,530,422 websites servicing the 3,100,679,063 internet users worldwide, winning a Webby is no small feat.
On May 18th the winners will convene in New York, raise a glass, take a deep breath, and a quick moment to bask in the warm glow of their newly acquired Webbys. If you can’t make it to New York for the festivities you can catch all the highlights on the 19th on the The Webby’s YouTube Channel. Then, time to get back to mapping out the future of the internet and looking forward to the 2016 Awards.
Originally published at www.area17.com.