It’s not every day you get to call your clients and congratulate them for being recognized on a world stage — so when we found out recently that we had won four W³ awards, we were ecstatic! We, the bv02 team, are very lucky to collaborate with amazing clients every day of the year, and it’s wonderful to have that work recognized by awarding bodies.
Here’s a high level overview of the W³ awards. It should give you a good indication of why these awards mean so much to us.
“The W³ Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs…. The W³ is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firms. IAVA members include executives from organizations such as AvatarLabs, Big Spaceship, Block Media, Conde Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, Microsoft, MTV Networks, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Victoria’s Secret, Wired, Yahoo! and many others.”
This year, we were recognized with one gold and three silver awards for the following projects. We’re especially pleased to have been recognized across many of the different industries we work with.
2013 Gold Award Winner: Digital Storybooks – Mobile Applications, Education
The Askí series of digital storybooks, which are available on the App Store, are part of an overall holistic education assessment built in partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. This project took four stories written by the aboriginal community and brought them into the digital environment, specifically that of the iPad. Leveraging technology allows children to experience the book in English, Cree, Dene or Michif. The digital stories are particularly special as they mark the first time traditional languages have been offered alongside English in the iPad story format.
The storybooks are available for iPad on iTunes: Askí and Turtle Island, Nipi and Mother Earth, Kon and the Circle of Life, and Tate and the Flyers. To find out more about the assessment as a whole, you can see our case study about the Help Me Tell My Story Assessment.
2013 Silver Award Winner: Guarantee Gold – Website, Insurance
We’ve worked closely with Princeton Holdings Limited and Yield to update the brand by designing, developing and launching industry-leading insurance and risk management websites for their operating companies. The website we designed for The Guarantee Company of North America’s GUARANTEE GOLD® product, available to their high net worth customers, has a clean design, is user friendly and includes valuable features such as the Find a Broker tool, downloadable product pages, brochures, asset management utility, a full suite of configurable templates and widgets to accommodate the growth of the site.
2013 Silver Award Winner: 1812 – Website, Cultural Institutions
One of bv02‘s most recent cultural initiatives is this unique Virtual Museum of Canada exhibition about the War of 1812. The digital exhibit supports the Canadian War Museum’s traveling physical exhibit, which commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812 through the presentation of four very different historical perspectives: British, Canadian, American and First Nations. Its goal: to extend the experience of the traveling exhibit and make these perspectives on the war accessible to all Canadians. A responsive design and the incorporation of a variety of media have ensured the success of this website for the exhibit’s vast and varied audience.
2013 Silver Award Winner: Canada Council for the Arts – Website, Cultural Institutions
Canada Council for the Arts came to bv02 looking for a redesign of their website — what they got was much more: a hub for their digital community. Balancing organisational goals with creative solutions and technology, we created a visually distinct, accessible and responsive website that shows the true spectrum of the artistic community supported by the Council. We’re thrilled that it’s also won the admiration of the web community.
The bv02 team is very proud of our collaborations, particularly on such projects as these that push the limits of what we set out to do together. We want to thank our clients for believing in the strength of our partnership and our collective vision, and look forward to many more such initiatives in the coming year.