When looking around the internet for web design inspiration, you will find that many of the best sites that appear over and over again have won some kind of “website of the day” contest. They are usually given a small badge that adorns the top of the site, which tells the world of their accomplishment.
Winning a contest like this is not only a great ego-boost for your design skills, but it can be excellent for site exposure as well. This can translate into increased search engine rankings (by way of backlinks you may receive,) as well as increased job leads. In most cases, all you have to do to enter a contest like this is to submit your site via an upload form on the contest holder’s website. So it really goes without saying that entering a web design award contest might be well worth your effort.
While entering is easy, actually winning can be a challenge. The sites that typically win awards like this win them for a reason. Each site has their own set of criteria, some more specific than others. For instance, there are contests that only accept one page sites. Others only allow sites built using HTML5. But most just exist to honor cutting edge and beautiful web design in all forms.
Most of these award sites choose a winner daily. So, if your site is up to today’s web standards, has something unique to offer, and looks fantastic, then you might have a very good chance at winning a design award.
A look at some of the best award sites to submit your web design to:
Awwwards is one of the most respected daily web design sites out there. All daily winners are then eligible for a monthly award, and those winners are then eligible for a website of the year award. All sites are jury ranked by industry leaders on four main criteria: design, creativity, content and usability.
Favourite Website Awards (thefwa.com)
“FWA’s mission is to showcase cutting edge creativity, regardless of the medium or technology used,” according to their website. This means that they accept not only websites, but online games, animations, apps and anything else that demonstrates a creative use of technology.
Design Licks has been in the game since 2006. Above all else, they are looking for “creativity, usability and attention to detail” in the sites that they reward.
As the name suggests, CSS Awards is looking only for high quality sites styled using cascading style sheets. Since CSS has been the new standard for several years now, chances are your site falls into this category anyway.
The goal of the CSS Design Awards is to “capture every step in the rapid evolution of web design and to shine a light on designers that inspire us all.” This particular contest takes both user votes and judge votes into consideration when choosing their winners.
Judged by the staff at The Deep End design studio, all web designs are judged on three sets of criteria: creativity, usability and content. Unlike most of the others on this list, The Deep End includes a mini-write-up with each award, explaining why that particular site was chosen.
Best Design Awards seeks to reward “the most creative and innovative sites out there…giving them a chance to stand in the spotlight and gain the respect and recognition they deserve.” They also go a step further and categorize all the winners so that spectators can find exactly what kind of site they want to see for inspiration.
On this site, users can vote on multiple entries for the day’s winning web design. In addition to the daily contest, they also crown a monthly website winner. Css Winner is another award site that makes it easy to find the kinds of sites you want to see. You can choose from many categories, or you can search by colors.
The first step toward getting recognized for your work is to ask for it. So after making sure your site is up to the standards that these contests are looking for, make sure you submit it. You never know what could happen as a result of the traffic and recognition you can receive from winning a web design award. Are there any award sites that I forgot to mention? Have you won such an award and seen an increase in business? Please take a moment and share your stories in the comment section below. Happy designing, and good luck!Tags: awards, css, Design, websites