CSS World Awards

At the CSS showcase site CSS Mania, a contest is being held to select the best sites submitted during the last year (May 2005 to May 2006). Awards will be given in ten different categories.:

  1. Site of the Year
  2. Associations
  3. Blogging
  4. Business
  5. Entertainment
  6. Institutions
  7. Media
  8. Portal
  9. Web Design (Companies and Portfolios)
  10. Web Tools

As opposed to many other similar contests, the winners will not be decided by public voting. Instead five judges will vote for their favourites among the nominated sites.

As it happens, I am one of those judges. The others are Andy Budd, Cameron Moll, Molly E. Holzschlag, and Sergio Villareal. And no, sites created by any of the judges will not be included in the contest.

I will place a lot of emphasis on code quality and accessibility when I pick my favourites in each category. Appearance is obviously also important, but I’m not going to vote for a site that only looks good on the surface.

If you’re not a judge you can’t vote, but you can browse the CSS World Awards categories to find out which sites are nominated. Anyone here involved in the creation of a nominated site?

Posted on June 5, 2006 in CSS, Quicklinks


  1. Mmmm-kay…

    Is it any coincidence that the feedburner badge reads “1337” readers?

  2. Not involved in any of the sites, but there are ALOT of great sites on there! Good luck to the judges in narrowing them all down!

    Peace, Nate

  3. With all due respect, this post smacks of ultra-elitism.

    What’s the point of writing a post where you tell everyone that you’re one of five select judges (five ultra-celebrity judges who are involved in all the latest and greatest super-cool web standards projects launched in the past year) who can vote and nobody else can? It’s actually kind of aggravating to read.

    Feel free to delete this comment now.

  4. June 5, 2006 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Ara: Huh? The point is to let you know that there is a contest. I thought it would be interesting to know that I was asked to be a judge in that contest. “Ultra-celebrity”? Me? LOL! :-D

  5. Hi, just came across this post in my RSS reader. I’m responsible for one of the sites nominated. I didn’t even know there was a competition! :-P

  6. June 6, 2006 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Nate: Yep, lots of great sites. Unfortunately there are also many not-so-great sites once you consider things like web standards and accessibility.

    Ben: Good luck! :-)

  7. Wow, nice, I’m pretty surprised that we got one in portals while there’s such a great competition.

  8. Awesome nominees! Really looking forward to the results. UX Mag is definitely my choice for site of the year.

    Not involved myself in any of the nominated sites. Although my blog was on css mania, it was 3 days too late — and I would never in the world think that my site would be able to compete against those great combatants :)

  9. I dont expect to win though looking at the others in the list.

  10. Only sites in English… Just saying, that’s all.

  11. Oops, sorry. At least one in Italian, one in Hungarian and one in Chech.

  12. June 6, 2006 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    M: It may look like that at a glance, but I just went through the nominees and at least nine of them are in other languages than English. There are also a couple of multi-lingual nominees.

  13. June 6, 2006 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)


  14. Cool stuff. I just found out that our site, Godbit.com was nominated for best portal.

  15. RE: Robert I noticed that too and was pleased to see it there. The Godbit site is an excellent portal, and I believe its the best in that category. I love all of the featured sites, book reviews, and interviews.

    Keep up the great work with it!

    Peace, Nate

  16. June 6, 2006 by Anonymous

    Great to see this contest!

  17. June 7, 2006 by DutchKid

    Nice collection of sites… but many of the usual suspects. I wonder why a very well-made site such as http://www.minfin.nl is never mentioned anywhere?

  18. I read the article with great interest.

    Someone above me was right - you could mark 10 or 20 levels - but I would ask - why? Is that necessary? I think you hitthe point, and marked up all of us designers quite clearly;-)

    Still, I think, Level 5 could be devided in 5A- and 5A and 5A+, because there are slight differences in the knowledge at the same level:) And this is the most advanced (I won’t comment on “6”, it’s for maniacs;-) - so it could be looked at with greater detail.

    Thus, Dan Cederholm and Douglas Bowman, for example, would fall strictly into 5A+, and I would classify myself something between 5A- and 5A:)))

    Well, I read all of these “specs” with much interest, and I see I drop exactly at Level 5. So I think;-)

    I write semantic (X)HTML and nice CSS for more than 2 years (even 3, I guess).

    But I wouldn’t aim for Level 6, I don’t think so:) I am so happy with five…

    I create simple, effective, clean, usable designs, I separate content from presentation as much as I can, use nice graphics which complement the html structure in a nice and non-obtrusive way, and if using fancy stuff like JS, always try to make the SAME thing work, even if JS is disabled/non-present! :-) [Example: add nice pop-up effects for gallery on the website, but if JS is not present, the links from thumbnails simply lead to larger image files.]

    And… OK, OK, I know… my visit card is my website, but unfortunately, with so much work lately I can’t concentrate on it and just keep workin’ for others:-( Ahh, Designer’s Fate…

    Still, if interested in what I do and why I pretend Level 5, you better drop a look at http://www.sanyodenki.net - one of my latest projects I did for a friend in The Netherlands:-)

    Now, what about creating similar specification for CSS 2? :-)

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