2014 Sydney Design Awards - Deadlines

5 August 2014 - Extended Deadline
6 August 2014 - Judging
13 August 2014 - Finalists announced
17 August 2014 - Rating Closes
20 August 2014 - Awards Presentation

Digital Experience - Website

This award celebrates innovation and creativity in design of a unique user experience in the combination of text, audio, still images, animation, video, and interactivity content for websites. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.

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Nominations in Category

YMCA NSW responsive website - YMCA NSW / Butterfly

Digital Experience - Website

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The YMCA NSW (the Y) is a not-for-profit charity that operates in more than 40 communities across NSW. Through the core divisions of Recreation, Camping and Children’s Services, the Y offers a range of programs that focus on bringing families together, healthy living, developing young people and helping those less fortunate. The new responsive YMCA website was launched in December 2013 after a four month project period, with a focus on encompassing the core divisions. Key features of this project include: - A full overhaul of the existing information architecture and primary navigation via a comprehensive planning process - Brand new site design with up to 20 templates for three different breakpoints (desktop, tablet and mobile – 60 templates total) - A new, fully-responsive website designed to work across desktop, tablet and mobile - Up to 40+ individual centre microsites within the main YMCA site where the look and feel can be customised with centre colours all managed within the same back-end. - Supports publishing of commonly shared information between microsites - Integrated location services to help users effortlessly find their perfect centre - Tailored centre directory that supports scalability.

Westpac Live - New Online banking - Westpac

Digital Experience - Website


Westpac’s new Online Banking service gives customers more control of their finances through a consistent, simple, helpful and secure omnichannel experience underpinned by; • 105 backend systems • 65 real-time services • 178 batch interfaces • Over 70,000 test cases • 1,500+ customer and business requirements Four years of good design practice management within a massive transformational program makes the complex appear simple. Our design goal; help customers to develop positive financial habits through small behavioural changes ‘in the moment’. The result; a meaningful, personalised picture of finances – including non-Westpac accounts presented through a simple, modern interface across multiple channels.

University of New England - University of New England / Squiz

Digital Experience - Website


UNE came to Squiz with the intention to position itself as Australia's most recognised quality provider of distance education, a need for a refresh of their Digital brand and desire to increase online student applications and enrollments.

Barnardos Australia Website redesign - Barnardos Australia / Folk

Digital Experience - Website


Ultimately, our task was to help Barnardos Australia stop child abuse.

ING DIRECT Responsive Website Redesign - ING DIRECT

Digital Experience - Website


ING DIRECT puts customer experience at the centre by developing a responsive banking website that strives to eliminate customer pain points, improves a customer’s self-service capability, employs best practice online retailing while adding a little fun along the way. Our previous website was cluttered, busy, confusing and didn’t allow customers to achieve desired goals in an easy and enjoyable way. This was not aligned to our Brand. Being a direct bank, our website is our front door for potential and existing customers so it’s crucial for us to deliver a differentiated digital experience. We built the new website from scratch, involving our customers from the outset, understanding motivations and needs before going through an in-depth iterative design and build phase.

Understanding more about your water - Sydney Catchment Authority website - Sydney Catchment Authority

Digital Experience - Website

Bringing the story of Sydney’s water supply alive was the overall goal for the project. The former SCA website was arid. Our early research highlighted information was hard to find, users were frustrated and lost in a website architecture which served up an internal organisational perspective. The new site needed to connect with the broad interests of Sydney residents and answer the very specific needs of our key users. The new architecture aims to connect our time-poor stakeholders quickly with what they need. We also wanted to tempt users to explore a little more, sharing with them the fascinating world of water (we already knew they were thirsty for knowledge…each time Warragamba Dam spills after rain, we can have up to 75,000 web visitors a day). Data became the centrepiece – interactive and visual – answering answer information needs. This new website takes a user-centred approach to deliver the results we were looking for: to focus on our users and community and their online tasks and goals; create immersive experiences; open up access to our data; offer better quality information and improved online services to address the needs of each audience group.


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