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Traveling Stanzas Website Earns International Award

Posted Jul. 27, 2011

Glyphix, the student-staffed design firm within the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University, has won an Interactive Media Award (IMA) for the Traveling Stanzas website.

The Traveling Stanzas website, under the category 'Arts/Culture', earned an IMA Best in Class Award with an overall score of 483. The Best in Class award is the highest honor bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards. It represents the very best in planning, execution and overall professionalism. In order to win this award level, the site had to successfully pass through a comprehensive judging process, achieving very high marks in each of the judging criteria – an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each year.

To win an award, an entry had to successfully pass through a comprehensive judging system. IMA judges utilized a points-based scoring system which allows each entry to receive a maximum of 500 points. By adhering to the specific guidelines and criteria of this system the judges were able to maintain the highest degree of fairness, accuracy and integrity; competently and effectively evaluate entries; and, deliver clear results.

Each project was scored using five specific criteria, with a score from 0-100 awarded for each criterion. The total of these five scores established the overall score up to a maximum of 500. Websites receiving an overall score between 460 and 479 receive an Outstanding Achievement award. Websites receiving an overall score between 480 and 500 receive a Best in Class award.

The scores for the Traveling Stanzas website are as follows:
Design: 97
Content: 97
Feature Functionality: 99
Usability: 98
Standards Compliance & Cross-Browser Compatibility: 92
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Total: 483

“Many thanks to the following people who assisted in making the site so great: Branden Vondrak, Joanna Chiu, Chris Seeds who provided the original design in 2010,” said Valora Renicker, creative director of Glyphix. “The design was maintained when more functionality was added this year: Ian McCullough, Stacey Martin, Hilary Demko – usability redesign, adapting the initial site to more interactive use; Nate Mucha – design and development of the interactive components which allows users to send the artwork and videos with personal messages to others. I'd also like to thank VCD Director AnnMarie LeBlanc for her continuous enthusiastic support of Glyphix!” 

There were 73 entries in the Arts/Culture category under which the site was entered.

“From a search on the IMA website, it appears that we were the only recipients of an award in this group of entries so far for 2011,” Renicker said.