PUBLISHERS NOTE: OUR WEB DESIGN AWARDS
In our nearly half century of existence, GDUSA built an affinity with designers for traditional media like print and packaging and broadcast, but we were slow to recognize and cover creative work being done online. That may explain why we had no dedicated web design competition among our national awards programs until last year, an addition that was painfully overdue. Thankfully, web designers forgave us — or simply have short memories — and they made our 2009 competition a wonderful and surprising success. This year's GDUSA web awards entries have already exceeded last year's, and the deadline is still weeks away. The goal of the 2010 program is to celebrate the power of well-designed websites and online communications to attract audiences, generate engagement and response, and promote products, services, brands, causes and ideas. Winners will be recognized in a special enewsletter in May to our 40,000 e-subscribers, listed in the May GDUSA magazine, and the winning pieces will be posted, along with full creative credits, on our popular website. It's unusual to promote our own activities in a publishers letter but we have a lot of catching up to do — fast — to give online design the same respect we have always tried to bring to other graphic design disciplines.
— Gordon Kaye
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Seattle's award-winning Woodland Park Zoo has given an extreme makeover to their Humboldt Penguin Exhibit. The new $6.5 million, 17,000 square foot exhibit presents an authentic view of the home to the penguins. Michael Courtney Design created environmental graphics to persuade visitors they'd stepped into the remote fishing village of Punta San Juan, the largest Humboldt penguin conservation zone in the world. MCD used authentic Peruvian source material to develop murals, donor recognition elements and, in a proud first for the studio, a panel celebrating the merits of guano. MCD was honored to join a stellar design team that included specialists from WPZ and the exhibit designers: Studio Hanson/Roberts. Michael Courtney told GDUSA: “We felt like we were developing the design for a stage set. Interesting challenge as the location in South America is desert-like and Seattle is like...wet!
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