'Get the Glass' Wins FWA Site of the Year Award


The Favorite Website Awards judging is complete. The results for the group's site of the year award are in and damn if my fellow judges didn't side with me! I voted for the infectiously engaging HBO Voyeur site but, apparently, more than half of the other judges thought the Goodby Silverstein/North Kindom-created Get the Glass site was better.

While good, Get the Glass just didn't hold my attention the way Voyeur did. But, and this is important, it took quite a while to get my attention in the first place which may have been one of the reasons it wasn't picked as a winner. Get the Glass delivers its goods quickly. The HBO Voyeur site is a slow build but once you're in, you're hooked and you can't stop. That's why I voted for it and, perhaps, why others didn't.

After selecting HBO Voyeur as the site I thought should win, I wrote, "Hands down, the most compulsively engaging site I have seen in a long, long time. It's Hitchcockian Rear Window-style storyline take voyeurism to new levels leaving the viewer in a state of utterly helpless, obsessive-compulsive abandon" It really was that engaging for me.

Having judged several creative awards competitions, it's not always easy to set aside the time needed to truly absorb all the elements of each entry. Therefore, it's easy to pass over sites like HBO Voyeur since they do take longer than other sites to deliver their creative goodness.

Of Get the Glass' win, Goodby Silverstein Creative Director Will McGinness said, "This was a huge team effort and possibly one of the most exciting projects we've worked on. The collaboration and breadth of thinking that went into Get the Glass was nothing short of inspiring. Also, having an amazing client like CMPB was essential in creating a unique experience like this. Without their trust and enthusiasm it wouldn't have been possible. This is a huge honor. Congrats to our Swedish friends and partners, it's time to celebrate."

Congratulations to Goodby Silverstein for their win. Get the Glass is great work. We just liked HBO Voyeur better. Which site would you have voted for?

by Steve Hall    Jan-15-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Creative Commentary, Industry Events   

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Ohhh! I didn't know what you were talking about when you referred to it as "Goodby-created."

Because gettheglass was designed and executed by North Kingdom.

Although, if NK gets screwed like Barbarian Group, I'm sure they'll be very, very happy.

Posted by: NK Fan on January 15, 2008 6:40 PM

Is very sad and disappointing to read your review. Not for the debate or to raise the question if it is better one piece from the other. But to actually write this type of comments from a judge is quite unprofessional. I think you devaluate the importance of the achievement of both pieces and even relevance of the actual award.

Posted by: Jorge Calleja on January 16, 2008 8:02 AM

How is this unprofessional, Jorge? How is it unprofessional for a judge to share his thinking regarding his selection? How am I devaluing the work when, clearly, both entries and the 12 that made it to the final round are all clearly winners or they wouldn't have been finalists in the first place? And I can't even begin to understand why you think discussing award results devalues the award itself. Should no one ever discuss Clio winners? Art Director's Club winners? One Show winners? Cannes? If we didn't discuss the work, there wouldn't be much to talk about at all.

Posted by: Steve Hall on January 16, 2008 8:49 AM

HBO was video. Goodby's idea was actually interactive and engaging.

Posted by: INT on January 17, 2008 10:27 AM