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This week I received the joyous news that this very site has received two design awards, one prestigious (in my view) and the other nearly unheard of.

We’ll start with the nearly unheard of award – The Canadian Web Award. Apparently the Canadian Web Awards are awarded to Canadian sites that are unique, user-friendly, informative and that provide consumer benefit to Canadian visitors. It seems they have not yet created a banner I can display on my site. I won the “Very Good” award which is the middle of their three awards. I appreciate the award, but it clearly is not based on design as some of the other winners have, and do not consider this boasting on my part, outdated designs (and I’m being polite here). So I am glad to have the award but just don’t feel it is all that meaningful.

The other award is one I am far more excited about. It is a Plastic Pilot award. It may sound like a silly name, but I have long found that they do award only very well-designed sites. The vast majority of their awards tend to go to sites that are Flash-based, so I was both surprised and gratified to see that my purely-HTML site snuck through. As a winner I get to display the Plastic Pilot logo which I will do with gratitude and pride. For the geeky Web designer in me, this award is akin to a singer winning a Grammy. I am thrilled! “I’d just like to thank all the little people that made this possible…”

Plastic Pilot

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