There’s a new web award celebrating websites that seek to balance innovative design with quality code. In conjunction with Internet Explorer, we recently launched the Developer Award, which recognizes the work of web developers and designers who care about the inner beauty of their websites. Today, we’re excited to announce the first winner of the Developer Award, Elegant Seagulls! A small shop in Marquette, Michigan, Elegant Seagulls takes pride in helping their clients get mobile and tablet ready. It was their company site that was up for the award, and their particular attention to optimized responsive design stood out to the judging panel.
There’s an expectation today that websites should just work regardless of what device the user is coming from, be that a phone, tablet or computer. And for those with visual or hearing impairments, good code can mean the difference between enjoying a site and not being able to experience it at all.
That’s why we’re partnering with IE to bring another layer to our website competition – quality code. Quality code describes the technical design and interoperability of a website, which allows sites to work across browsers and devices. This is fundamental to the success of real-world sites in today’s ever evolving World Wide Web.
The Developer Award was inspired by the amazing work behind some of the best experiences on the web, demonstrating what it means to be inclusive of all people, regardless of device or browser.
Each winning web experiences meets a minimum bar for technical code quality, but may also include a unique characteristic that makes the site stand out. Whether that’s creatively optimizing for mobile devices, intelligently designing to ensure accessibility to individuals with visual or hearing impairments, expertly thinking through an adaptable experience for legacy browsers, or pushing the technological boundaries without excluding the masses. These achievements deserve recognition.
The Developer Award is given out every Wednesday and applying is easy:
- 1. Before you submit, we highly encourage you to run your site through our Site Scanning Tool to check for common coding problems. This tool will help you make sure your site meets the minimum requirements and increase your chances to win a Developer Award.
- 2. When you’re ready to submit, fill out your site’s information on the submissions form. There is only one submission for both Site of the Day and Developer Award. Your submission will automatically be sent to the Awwwards team, who will manually check that everything in your submission is complete and accurate.
- 3. Should your site meet the minimum technical requirements for the Developer Award, it will be published in the nominee section of Awwwards and sent to both the Site of the Day and the Developer Award panel of judges to await their assessment, meaning you are eligible for both awards.
- 4. For the Developer Award specifically, 8 members of the jury will place their vote based on 4 evaluation criteria (interoperability, technical design, UX/UI, and content) and the vote furthest from the average will be automatically deleted avoiding potential voting errors.
- 5. Finally, the average score awarded by members with over 5000 Status Points will be taken into consideration as the eighth and final vote. (See algorithm)
- 6. Every Wednesday the Developer Award will be presented to those websites which received the highest scores.
Developer Award winners will be announced every Wednesday and will be invited to be profiled on Internet Explorer’s Showcase, a behind-the-scenes look at what inspired the site or project and how it was made. This is a great way to gain additional exposure with the developer community. For more information on the Developer Award and to apply, please click here.
We look forward to your submissions. Happy coding!