Louis Simoneau

Ruby, OOP, TDD, Remote Work, Miscellany

Webby Award Winners for Design, Flashblock Edition

Last week the winners of the 2010 Webby awards were announced. Jennifer Farley, one of the staff bloggers at SitePoint (where I work), recently posted a breakdown of five of the winners in design-related categories, along with her impressions of the sites in question. I think that’s a great idea, so I’m going to write my own version of that post, examining the same five winning sites.

Best Homepage/Welcome page

This category was won by Male Copywriter. Here’s what that site looks like:

I like the understated aesthetic and the use of black to convey authority.

Best Structure/Navigation

The winner in this category was HBO/Imagine. Here’s a screenshot of that site:

Again, a simple, clean design that really speaks to the modern web audience. I love it.

Best Use Of Animation/Motion Graphics

The winner in this category is The Pop Shoppe. A very interesting design, shown here:

Best Use Of Photography

This category was won by The Economist: Thinking Space, with a stark design that really lets the photos speak for themselves:

The Best Visual Design – Aesthetic

Finally, this coveted category went to Nike’s Jordan: History of Flight site:

Again, a minimalist style makes this website a clear winner.

Conclusion

I think the Webby awards have done a fantastic job highlighting the best of web design in 2010, across the full range of available technologies and adhering to the open principles that give the Web its true strength.