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Digital designers: showcase your talent - your chance to win a prestigious award

This year’s Y Design Awards opens for entries

London - 30th July 2007 - UK digital designers are invited to submit their work into the 2007 Y Design Awards, the leading individual recognition awards scheme in the UK digital design industry, part of the London Design Festival which runs from 18th to 25th September 2007.

William Knight, Director of the London Design Festival said: “It’s fantastic news that the Y Design Awards are again being held as part of the London Design Festival this year. The Festival promotes and celebrates all forms of design, and today there is none more important than digital design. London is the creative capital of the world in part because of its world class digital community; the Y Design awards are an important part of recognising and rewarding this.”

The Awards are free to enter and the deadline for submissions is Friday, 31st of August. Last year’s Y Design Awards were immensely popular and over 400 entries (a third more than last year) are expected to battle it out for the 2007 trophies.

This year’s awards

The aim of the Y Design Awards, which are sponsored by Microsoft ® Expression ®, Carrenza and Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive, is to recognise the best creative talent in the UK‘s digital space. Now in its second year the awards will be judged by a panel of five renowned industry experts. The winners will be announced at a strictly “no dress code” awards ceremony on September 18th 2007 at the Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, in London’s arts quarter, the South Bank Centre.

John Allwright, Product Manager, Microsoft® Expression®, said: We are delighted to sponsor this year’s Y Design awards and to be working with the UK’s digital design community. Our goal is to provide them with the innovative tools to raise the bar for user experiences and deliver compelling, rich, immersive, highly usable applications and content across the Web, the Windows desktop, mobile devices and the digital home.”

The best of the best

After the gala, each category’s winner will be entered into the People’s Choice Award which will be open for votes from the on-line community for the next 6 weeks.

Last year’s winner of The People’s Choice Award was Tim Wong at Rufus Leonard for their work with the Imperial War Museum.

Will Rowe, Managing Director at Rufus Leonard said “We were delighted to win The People’s Choice Award, as it represents the views of our peers in the industry. The Y Design Awards provide an excellent platform for digital designers to showcase their work and for the design industry to recognise good design in a digital medium”.

What’s new this year?

This year, the Y Design Awards introduces six new categories:

• The Ethical Campaign Award
A work for any purpose which has been bought to life online using an ethical approach. This could include the purpose of the campaign, how it has been designed, how it is delivered to its audience, its effect on its audience, the planet etc.

• Best Use of Wireless/Mobile
A work for any purpose which delivers an overall extraordinary user experience on mobile devices.

• The Community Award
A work for any purpose which delivers an overall extraordinary user experience as part of an online community, i.e. social networking sites, forums.

• Young Designer Award
An exceptional piece of work from a digital designer aged 25 or younger.

• The So Successful Award
A work for any purpose which successfully engaged a far greater online audience than expected through its innovative concept and design. Web traffic statistics will be required.

• Best New Business Award
An exceptional piece of work from an agency in its first two years of business.

Dan Sutherland, CEO of Carrenza, one of the sponsors of the award commented: “We look forward to even more inspired and imaginative entries and the opportunity to celebrate again the hard work, vision and innovation demonstrated by the UK’s top digital design teams. Last year’s Awards identified some highly creative pieces of digital work and captured the variety of ways in which people can use, view and interact online. The new categories will give the scope for exciting and innovative campaigns that are ethical, are on the move or are so popular that they exceeded expectation.”

Neil Hughston, managing director, Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive, said: “Now in their second year, the Y Design Awards have already established themselves as an important fixture in the design calendar. I’m hoping to see some truly inventive and engaging entries that push the boundaries creatively and inspire people to think differently about digital design.”

Submissions for the 2007 Y Design Awards should be made via the Y Design Website www.ydesignawards.com before Friday, 31st August. Awards categories, application forms, terms and conditions and details of last year’s winners can be obtained from the website or by calling Carrenza on 0845 337 0827.

Media Contacts:

Sarah Murray/Rose Ross at Omarketing for The Y Design Awards
Tel: 020 8255 5225
Email: Sarah.murray@omarketing.co.uk / rose@omarketing.co.uk

Rupal Parmar at Camron PR for The London Design Festival
Tel: 020 7420 1711
Email: rupal@camron.co.uk

Eleanor Conroy for Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive
Tel: 0207 462 7055
Email: eleanor.conroy@saatchi.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About the Y Design Awards categories

• Best Game Design
A game that is not only challenging and entertaining, but also uses web-based technology in innovative ways.

• Best Interactive Site
An online work for any purpose which delivers an overall extraordinary user experience through interactivity.

• Best Application
Most innovative online application. Judges will look for strong usability, originality, and technical complexity.

• Best Online Campaign
Best overall online campaign .

• Best Not-for-profit Campaign
A work for a not-for-profit organisation.

• Best Viral Campaign
Best campaign utilising viral propagation. Judges will look for the design and creativity of the piece, not just how successful it was in terms of distribution.

• Best Video
Must be shot with a video camera, and then imported into Microsoft® Silverlight®. Additional credit will be given for enhancing the experience with additional graphics or interactivity.

• Best Technical Achievement
A work for any purpose which successfully delivers the most innovative and challenging use of technology.

• The Ethical Campaign Award
A work for any purpose which has been bought to life online using an ethical approach. This could include the purpose of the campaign, how it has been designed, how it is delivered to its audience, its effect on its audience, the planet etc.

• Best Use of Wireless/Mobile
A work for any purpose which delivers an overall extraordinary user experience on mobile devices.

• The Community Award
A work for any purpose which delivers an overall extraordinary user experience as part of an online community, i.e. social networking sites, forums.

• Young Designer Award
An exceptional piece of work from a digital designer aged 25 or younger

• The So Successful Award
A work for any purpose which successfully engaged a far greater online audience than expected through its innovative concept and design. Web traffic statistics will be required.

• Best New Business Award
An exceptional piece of work from an agency in its first two years of business.

• People’s Choice for best overall campaign
The online community’s opportunity to select their favourite submission from the Awards' category winners.

About the London Design Festival
Established in 2003, The London Design Festival is an annual international event to celebrate and promote creative diversity. The event takes place over the last two weeks in September and is attended by thousands of visitors from the UK and abroad. For more information, visit www.londondesignfestival.com

About Microsoft® Expression®
Let your Imagination Show.

Microsoft® Expression® is a brand new suite of professional tools for creative designers, empowering you and your studio to take your imagination to the next level. Comprising four ground-breaking products, Expression Studio is incredibly easy to learn and use ensuring amazing results whether you are designing standards based websites, rich media experiences for the web and desktop or managing and post-processing digital assets and content. For more information please visit www.microsoft.com/uk/tryexpression

About Carrenza

Carrenza provides technical consultancy, managed services and hosting for businesses with demanding communication needs. Its services include all aspects of network design, building testing and management. Founded in 2000, Carrenza has quickly built a solid base of clients, which include: ddB Worldwide, Fourth Hospitality, Saatchi & Saatchi, Arc Interactive and SDL International amongst others.

For more information, visit www.carrenza.com.

About Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive

Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive is a next generation ideas agency which specialises in creative solutions that are workable across all platforms. Its clients include Toshiba, Toyota, Comet, T-Mobile, Dr. Martens and 3M. It is part of the Saatchi & Saatchi group of companies.

www.saatchi-interactive.com

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