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MAR 2009 1

Web International Awards relaunch

I cannot believe myself that I have found the time to redesign Web International Awards. I have announced this about two or three times in the past year or so. Just before posting this article I went to my registrar because I didn't even remember when I first registered this site. It turned out that I registered it on the 26th of February 2006. It turns out that the long promised update came more than three years after it's launch which - based on my searches in the old version of the site - happened on the 7th of March, 2006.

What happened since 2006

I don't want to speak numbers, because after reaching a peak of around 300 unique visitors a day (35% of them new visitors), I didn't have anymore time to run the site and it slowly went down into the unknown. So the numbers won't be impressive at all. Surely the site had some great articles, and some really bad ones. The good ones, (the interviews) can be found in the new version. I have spent some time to move them into the new site as they have some valuable insights from famous designers. You can find the old interviews right over here: old interviews. We have hosted more than 30 monthly contests, showcasing some great sites.



JUN 2007 1

Interview with Bjarne Christensen, talented graphic designer from Denmark

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Webia: Hello Bjarne. Tell us something about yourself.
Bjarne: I'm a graphic designer, based in Denmark. Mostly I work with digital media, but now and then I get my hands in some print jobs as well!

I'm 25 years old, and have been working with graphics and the Internet for about 6 years. The last 3-4 years as a living. Every day I wish that I had discovered my passion earlier in my life.

Webia: What do you do for a living?
Bjarne: As said above I work as a graphic designer, mainly with digital media. Currently I'm employed at JaHallo. It is a new media agency based here in Aarhus (the second biggest city in the small Denmark). I love my every day at JaHallo. I've been so lucky to have spent the last 3 years at the agency. And because of the company's relatively small size (we're only 5 persons at the moment), I have my hands in a lot of different things! I prefer to get around. In that sense, I would be bored if I should do web design EVERY day. I love designing for the web, but not for every day.

And therefore I spice it up with XHTML / CSS front-end development, motion graphics, client management, print designs, brand identities, etc.



MAY 2007 0

Exclusive interview with Chris Coyier, owner of CSS Tricks

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Webia: Hello Chris. Tell us something about yourself.
Chris: I am a web designer who like to dabble a bit in development too, although I have a lot to learn in both departments.

Webia: What do you do for a living?
Chris: At the moment I work for a small design company out of Madison, WI. We are only three guys and I am the only one with any web experience so my official title is "Web Guy". We have quite a few clients who we run websites for, so this role keeps me on my toes having to bounce around doing all kinds of different things to keep the web sites running, functioning well, and looking good!



APR 2007 1

Interview with Brett Borders

Webia: Hello Brett. Tell us something about yourself.
Brett: Hey! My name is Brett Borders and I'm an internet marketer living in Boulder, Colorado. I've been on the internet since 1992. I majored in sociology and I love computers, so naturally I love social media. I currently run an internet marketing consultancy called Copy Brighter Marketing where I've been doing a lot of online reputation management work. Online reputation management involves a lot of social media marketing and public relations. But most of all, I enjoy writing content, blogging and participating on social media. The digital "buzz" that you catch from reading and writing great stories - and sharing them with the whole world - is massive. There's no greater feeling (at least while sitting in front of a computer).



MAR 2007 0

Interview with Chris Bewick, owner of Stompfrog.co.uk

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Webia: Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.
Chris: My name is Chris Bewick, I am a self-taught web designer based in Reading, England. As well as doing freelance work through Stompfrog.co.uk. I am currently a full time employee of Yell where I work on the team responsible for designing, building and maintaining Yell, Yell Direct and Yell Mobile.



FEB 2007 1

We bring you the head of Cabedge LLC, Chris Blanz

Webia: Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.
Chris: I'm Chris Blanz. As "head of cabedge", I do more strategic planning work with our clients, as opposed to hands-on design. However, I still do a lot of creative direction for many of the projects that come through our doors. Aside from work, I'm a proud husband and father of a 4 year old tornado named Collin. As for cabedge.com, we're a 15 person company of creative designers, developers, and strategists who specialize in building usable tools for communication on the web.

Webia: What designs do you like the most and why? Describe your design style.
Chris: My design preferences lean towards utilitarian and clean. We stress that to our clients every day. Mostly corporate, these clients want and need to get information to their visitors quickly and easily.



JAN 2007 0

Back to back: Alessandro Benini vs Valerio Pianella from Inspiration Multimedia

Webia: Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.
Valerio: We are a team. I deal with the development area, programming and SEO since 1995; Alessandro Benini brings in the team his experience in web design.
Alessandro: I'm a multimedia designer and I "create" communication and design for editorial products, web and generally multimedia products. I've been working in this field for 12 years and I come from a traditional graphic school, where first of all, even before creativity, we have been taught to cope with problems and rules dictated from a past that too often is forgotten, expecially in Italy. I was a teacher in webdesigner's courses, where students found themselves unaware of essential graphic grounds; they coped with different softwares' problems almost without looking on the most general and elaborate theory that is actually the base of creation. Apart from the software used, there are rules you must know and lay on, as color theory and the correct use of lineup. Once you have learnt those basic rules, you can give vent to your creativity.



NOV 2006 0

Interview with Bartosz Sulkowski, owner of Tweex

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Webia: Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.
Bartosz: My name is Bartosz Sulkowski - know as Tweex, 21 year old graphic designer from Poland. Currently I'm studying Computer Graphic and DTP at the WSTI University in Warsaw. In future I would like to work as a graphic designer.



OCT 2006 1

Interview with Steven Hylands

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Webia: Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself.
Steven: My name is Steven Hylands, a 21 year old multimedia designer from Northern Ireland currently operating on a freelance basis. I am passionate about many types of design.



AUG 2006 1

Behind Standards Reboot with P.J. Onori

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us something about yourself that we cannot learn by reading your portfolio.

My name is P.J. Onori and I am a design technologist - in other words, I am a hybrid designer/developer for the web medium. By spending so much time sitting on the fence of both worlds, I have really come to appreciate the importance for both the visual and the functional. Because of that, I have lately taken a deep interest in user experience design - something that is not particularly pervasive in my current portfolio.

What is your specialization (Flash / XHTML / PHP / SEO etc)? Why have you chosen this particular domain.

At this point, I would have to say that Flash/Actionscript is my technical area of expertise. I have recently been working in Flex as well. However, running your own blog really forces you to expand you horizons in order to bring more visitors to your site. I have begun to study up quite a bit on SEO and put a lot of thought into community-building techniques which definitely falls closer to the realm of where my current interests are.

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