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Websites win five Communicator Awards


June 09, 2010

Two ASU websites have been recognized for excellence in design and content with five Communicator Awards from the International Academy of Visual Arts. Both sites, produced by ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, were designed to share ASU researchers’ ideas and discoveries with the public.

Research Stories explores research and creative activity at ASU through articles, profiles and multimedia. Research Stories received three Communicator Awards this year – an Award of Excellence in the Science category and two Awards of Distinction in the School/University and Visual Appeal categories.

Chain Reaction is an online science magazine and website for students in grades 4-8. The site explores scientific concepts using real research explained by working scientists. Chain Reaction received two awards of distinction this year in the categories of Children and Science.

The Research Stories website, launched in 2008, was developed by a team of seven including Matthew Berry, web developer; Diane Boudreau, managing editor; Sheilah Britton, director of media communications; Patrick Cheung, creative director; Patrick Krecker, web developer, Conrad Storad, former director of research communications and Troy Sturgill, senior creative designer.

The Chain Reaction website, launched in November 2009, was created by Diane Boudreau; Mai-Li Le, designer; Jon Sheehan, web developer; and Conrad Storad.

“Our communications team has worked hard to create media-rich content spotlighting ASU’s research and creative activity,” said R. F. “Rick” Shawgraw, senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development. “These multimedia stories help humanize ASU's research enterprise and offer fascinating insights into the research contributions and achievements of ASU faculty and staff.Our transition from print to web has been very successful and we are reaching greater audiences than ever before.”

The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. The 2010 Communicator Awards received more than 7,000 entries from ad agencies, interactive agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms, and public relations firms.

Entries are judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an organization of leading professionals in the visual arts. Current membership represents a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: Condè Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, HBO, Keller Crescent, Monster.com, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Tribal DDB, Victoria’s Secret, Wired, and Yahoo!.