Winners of the Webby Awards announced
May 3, 2005 at 8:55 AM
The winners of this year's Webby Awards have been announced. The site is getting hammered by a lot of traffic today, but among the winners are; the National Cancer Institute (a project Peter Morville had worked on), Boing Boing, 43 Things, and Skype. There were several sites I wish had won such as Creative Commons, Flickr, and hicksdesign. It was good to be both a reviewing judge as well as a finalist judge this year.
Hmmm ... I wonder what it says to the web-standards community, when a table-based web site (National Cancer Institute) wins such a major design award?
According to the Webby Awards' site, they award the best in "design, creativity, usability, and functionality" -- so the code is only part of it. I think cancer.gov's award relates directly to this week's DWM article about Web 2.0 and how useful, findable content, in the end, trumps visual design.
The Webbys have always gone heavy on design over functionality. Accessiblity on many of these site is horrible. I don't believe they take how the site was built (W3C compliance) into their final decision.
Trust me, if I could pick the sites that get entered, I would... but as a judge I can only vote aginst the bad ones (or rather, vote for the better ones).