Last night, we received the very welcome news that we were an official honoree in this year’s Webby awards. Zemoga was recognized for it’s work on A Million Reasons to Vote, one of eight honorees in the Politics category (we received a similar award in 2008 for our “Crazy Redux” video). While it’s incredibly gratifying to be recognized by the leading interactive design awards (and to be selected from a field of over 9000 entries), I was struck by the nature of our fellow nominees. They included CNN, the Guardian, Politico and Salon. All major players with significant financial backing. And there was our site (along with a couple of other independents) keeping company with these media giants.
It’s a testament to the talent we have working at Zemoga. But it also emphasizes the democratic nature of the web. As many thought leaders have noted over the past year, when distribution is essentially free, the playing field is levelled. As a result, a bunch of young interactive designers and programmers can deliver material that is every bit as impactful and effective as multi-million dollar internaional media organizations. It’s both empowering and intimidating. But it certainly spurs us on to create the next great project.
We’re also very aware that the support (both financial and otherwise) that we receive from our client/partners makes great work like this possible. So thanks everyone, for sticking with us and helping us take our work to the next level.
Now what are we going to do for an encore?