Web Design of the Year 2009

Mike Overton and Nick Haroldsen

O.C. Tanner had its annual Designing in the Trenches year-end competition a little while back. The winner for the Print category for the Design of the Year was Dave Clark for some Amtrak collateral pieces.

The competition was tough for the Non-Print/Web category. Some designers had multiple pieces submitted, while I only had one design that was as finalist. When they called the winner they announced the designer with the piece that was designed. When the piece was unveiled, I knew right away they made a mistake. Somehow they announced the right designer but wrong developer. Mike Overton was the designer, who had submitted another piece with Chase Maxfield, another Flash Developer, but that was not the piece that was unveiled. The winning design was for Roche, the one I did the development on with Mike as the Designer.

Web Design of the Year—2009

O.C Tanner Web Design of the Year—2009

I was at a loss what I should do. Chase had already made his way to the front and was being handed the trophy. I leaned over to those at my table and said, “That is the one I did!” I then decided to walk up to the front to tell our VP that he had made a mistake. It was a little embarrassing for both of us. I had to take the trophy away from Chase, a trophy that did have my name already engraved on it.

In addition to receiving the trophy and gaining the Web Design of the Year title (for the second year in a row now), I also received a gift of my choosing. I picked a nice Dyson vacuum. It was a nice honor to be given this opportunity to win two years in a row. Is everyone tired of me winning yet?