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The Horizon Interactive Awards were recently announced, and I’m delighted that three pro bono and freelance projects won Gold or Silver honors this year. Here’s more about my winning entries.

#GuamRays Shoot a Selfie in Shades Photo Contest

The Placemaking Group created this photo contest for the Guam Visitors Bureau as a way to engage fans of this beautiful travel destination. Folks who posted a sunglasses selfie using the hashtag #GuamRays to Instagram, Twitter or through the Woobox app were be entered to win a cool pair of Ray-Ban® Aviator Flash Lenses, offered by the Visitors Bureau. Guam’s primary social media accounts got a collective boost in followers from the #GuamRays contest.

Client Name: The Placemaking Group / Guam Visitors Bureau

 

AXIS Dance Company Home Season promotional BART poster

AXIS Dance Company, Home Season 2015 / Onward, BART poster

AXIS Dance Company, Home Season 2015 / Onward, BART poster

Most years, I design a series of promotional pieces for AXIS Dance Company’s Home Season as a pro bono volunteer, and this year I had the pleasure of creating a BART poster to inform the Bay Area about their 2015 Home Season, “Onward,” at Oakland’s Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, including work by Joe Goode, Alex Ketley, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Sonya Delwaide.

Client Name: AXIS Dance Company

 

Board of Directors Membership Guide

AXIS Dance Company Board of Directors Membership Guide

The AXIS Dance Company Board of Directors is currently accepting applications for a cohort of new members, and it was time to refresh our recruiting materials. We decided to replace a lengthy booklet with volumes of content that could already be found on the organization’s website with a concise marketing piece with basic facts about AXIS’s global and local impact as well as the requirements of Board membership presented in bullet points for easy reading. The finished product is a 5×7 folded piece on card stock, that also can be downloaded as a PDF.

Client Name: AXIS Dance Company

 


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Deirdre Spencer Design recognized for prestigious interactive media awards

Deirdre Spencer Design Wins at the 14th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition

Indianapolis, IN USA – April 1, 2016  – The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, has announced the 2015 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

The Guam Rays Shoot A Selfie in Shades photo contest created for The Placemaking Group’s client, the Guam Visitors Bureau, was recognized for its excellence with a Gold award (Websites – Social Media), while a Home Season promotional BART poster and a Board of Directors Membership Guide created as pro bono projects for AXIS Dance Company won a Gold (Print – Advertisement / Promotional) and Silver (Print – Brochure), respectively.

Since building her first corporate website in 1996 for Manex Visual Effects, the Oscar-winning visual effects company behind The Matrix trilogy, Deirdre Spencer’s design work has won numerous awards, including over a dozen Horizon Interactive Awards since 2005.

The 14th annual, international competition saw over 1100 entries from 21 countries around world including: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Martinique, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds evaluated categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2015 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, mobile applications, print media, interactive displays, public exhibits, online advertising, video, email and more.

“The 2015 competition raised the bar for immersive, interactive experiences both online and offline,” Said, Mike Sauce- Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “This year’s competition again saw an emphasis on full screen, immersive user experiences coupled with fully responsive frameworks to allow consistency from desktop to tablet to mobile phones. Brands are finding new ways to connect with customers through multi-channel marketing while providing consistent messages. The stand-outs this year found a way to integrate the online interactive world with real-life scenarios and other offline traditional media. This highlights the power of digital communication and reflects that technology is a part of our lives at just about every turn. We continue to showcase digital media projects which strive for the best blend between top-notch creative imagery with clear, concise content, and well though out user experiences.”

The Horizon Interactive Awards holds the competition each year with the winners being announced the following April. For more information visit the Horizon Interactive Awards online: www.horizoninteractiveawards.com.

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About the Horizon Interactive Awards

In its 14th year, the Horizon Interactive Awards was created to recognize excellence in interactive media production worldwide. Since 2001, the competition has received tens of thousands of entries from many countries around the world and nearly all 50 US States.  Each year, those entries are narrowed down to the “best of the best” to be recognized and promoted on and international stage for their excellence. The judging process involves a blend of the Horizon Interactive Awards advisory panel, an end user panel and an international panel of volunteer judges consisting of industry professionals. Winning entries have been dubbed the “best of the best” in the interactive media industry. For more information, visit www.horizoninteractiveawards.com.

 

FOR PRESS INFORMATION, CONTACT

Mike Sauce
Founder and President
Horizon Interactive Awards
317-759-1501

mike.sauce@horizoninteractiveawards.com

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So pleased for The Placemaking Group that the Facebook campaign I managed last year for their client, McRoskey Mattress Company, has won a Silver Horizon Interactive Award. Congratulations on this and all your other well-deserved awards!

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McRoskey Mattress Facebook campaign

 

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Three Horizon Interactive Awards, WordPress vs Custom Website Design, and Best Practices for Social Media Marketing

The past month has been a busy one, starting with a guest presentation on best practices for social media marketing for Placemaking Group president, Dennis Erokan’s PR class at Saint Mary’s College.

 

Within 24 hours prior to the talk, we learned not only about LinkedIn killing its products and services promotion for companies, but also about Facebook throttling organic reach of posts to brand pages, so we had lots to discuss. Read more…

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 Holy Names University Marketing Department recognized for prestigious interactive media award

 Holy Names University Marketing Department Wins at the 10h Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition

Indianapolis, IN USA – April 30, 2012  – The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2011 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

The Holy Names University Marketing Department was recognized for their excellence with two Bronze awards for the Holy Names University website (School/University – Websites) and blog, Preserving Historical HNU (Blog – Websites), and a Silver award for the Holy Names University Admissions ad campaign (Online Ads – Advertising).

The tenth anniversary, international competition saw over 1000 entries from over 20 countries around world including: including: Turkey, China, Spain, UAE, Canada, France, Russia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Russia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Germany and nearly all 50 of the United States of America. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, as well as an end user panel evaluated many different and diverse categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2011 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, CDs and DVDs, online ads, video, mobile applications and more.

“The 2011 competition was special to us because it was our 10th anniversary awards,” Said, Mike Sauce- Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “The competition was fierce among many of the top entries in all of the categories and there were so many outstanding projects this year. Each year, I am truly amazed at the talent, creativity, artistry, and technical expertise that is on display in our International competition. It is simply fascinating to see how the internet and other creative media are influencing people’s lives from all corners of the Globe. All of this year’s winners should be proud to be among the best of the best from around the world!”

The Horizon Interactive Awards holds the competition each year with the winners being announced in May. For more information visit the Horizon Interactive Awards at www.horizoninteractiveawards.com.

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About the Horizon Interactive Awards

In its 10th year, the Horizon Interactive Awards was created to recognize excellence in interactive media production worldwide. Since 2001, the competition has received many thousands of entries from countries around the world and nearly all 50 US States.  Each year, those entries are narrowed down to the “best of the best” to be recognized and promoted on and international stage for their excellence. The judging process involves a Horizon Interactive Awards advisory panel, end user panel and a worldwide panel of judges consisting of industry professionals. Winning entries are dubbed the “best of the best” in the interactive media industry. For more information, visit www.horizoninteractiveawards.com.

 

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 Deirdre Spencer recognized for prestigious interactive media award

Deirdre Spencer Wins at the 9th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition

Indianapolis, IN USA – May 1, 2011  – The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2010 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

Deirdre Spencer was recognized for her excellence with four Bronze awards in three categories: Vanessa Barrington | Writer and Culinary Guide and Mary and Sara — Cooking Thymes Two (Blog websites), Joaquin Miller Elementary School (School/University website), and McRoskey Mattress Company of San Francisco (Consumer Information website — design created for Placemaking Group).

“I’m delighted to be recognized for my work again this year; the competition is always fierce and as a freelancer it’s a real honor to see my name among such top-notch agencies,” said Ms. Spencer.

The ninth annual, international competition saw over 1000 entries from 22 countries around world including: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, and the United Kingdom, and nearly all 50 of the United States of America. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, as well as an end user panel evaluated 37 different categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2010 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, CDs and DVDs, online ads, video, mobile applications and more.

“The 2010 competition was an outstanding entry field,” said Mike Sauce – Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. ”The overall diversity and quality of entries we received was fantastic and judging was very competitive. We’re starting to see a convergence of all types of media, from web to mobile, into more integrated solutions for clients around the world. That’s exciting to see!“

The Horizon Interactive Awards holds the competition each year with the winners being announced in May. For more information visit the Horizon Interactive Awards at www.horizoninteractiveawards.com.

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About the Horizon Interactive Awards

In its 9th year, the Horizon Interactive Awards was created to recognize excellence in interactive media production worldwide. Since 2001, the competition has received many thousands of entries from countries around the world and nearly all 50 US States.  Each year, those entries are narrowed down to the best of the best to be recognized and promoted on and international stage for their excellence. The judging process involves a Horizon Interactive Awards advisory panel, end user panel and a worldwide panel of judges consisting of industry professionals. Winning entries are dubbed the “best of the best” in the interactive media industry. For more information, visit www.horizoninteractiveawards.com.

 

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My family and I had a blast at Streetside Stories‘ recent Volunteer Appreciation Grill-out! I was being honored as a Volunteer of the Month for my work over the years on their award-winning website — and am currently helping them update and widen the site, so stay-tuned for that. Thank you Streetside!

Streetside Stories is a San Francisco-based literacy arts nonprofit that has helped over 14,000 students to share their life stories, connect with the arts, and improve their literacy skills. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to redesign and build their website a few years back as a pro-bono web designer on a team for a Taproot Foundation service grant.

Volunteering their services to non-profits is a fantastic way for designers to make a difference in their communities.

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e-agency recognized for prestigious interactive media award

e-agency Wins at the 8th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition

Indianapolis, IN USA – May 15, 2009  – The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2009 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

e-agency was recognized for their excellence with a Silver award for the College & University web site Yollege.com.

Noted by Business Week’s Best of the Web in its Top 5 Newcomers of 2008, Yollege is a social networking and reviewing site for college students. E-agency’s key production team included Creative Director Jannah Lyon, Site Engineer John C. Branca, Art Director Deirdre Spencer, and Account Manager John Nunes.

The eighth annual, international competition saw just over 2000 entries from 32 countries around world including: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Oman, New Zealand, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Taiwan, Turkey, and nearly all 50 of the United States of America. An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, as well as an end user panel evaluated 19 different categories ranging from online advertising to video games. The 2009 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including web sites, CDs and DVDs, online ads, video and more.

“The 2009 competition was an all new level for the competition,” said Mike Sauce – Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. ”The overall quality of entries was far and away the best we have ever had and judging was very competitive. Year after year, we are amazed at the level of creativity and overall technical excellence of the entries that are recognized by the competition. They truly are the best of the best!“

The Horizon Interactive Awards holds the annual competition in early spring of each year with the winners being announced in May. For more information visit the Horizon Interactive Awards at www.horizoninteractiveawards.com.

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About the Horizon Interactive Awards

In its 8th year, the Horizon Interactive Awards was created to recognize excellence in interactive media production worldwide. Since 2001, the competition has received many thousands of entries from countries around the world and nearly all 50 US States.  Each year, those entries are narrowed down to the best of the best to be recognized and promoted on and international stage for their excellence. The judging process involves a Horizon Interactive Awards advisory panel, end user panel and a worldwide panel of judges consisting of industry professionals. Winning entries are dubbed the “best of the best” in the interactive media industry. For more information, visit www.horizoninteractiveawards.com

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Yollege.com was featured in the Top 5 Newcomers of 2008 for Business Week’s Best of the web.

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See the Yollege.com startup review on Mashable. Yollege is a social networking and reviewing site for college students.

I acted as Art Director during the production of the site while at the now-defunct e-agency, designing its logo and page layouts, coordinating with contractors and implementing the design in Drupal.

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At home with Malcolm and Nora has won a Bronze Horizon Interactive Award for Blog design. It was up against blogs designed for Nike (for the Women’s World Cup), ABC Family, and Sony, so it was flattering to be the lone individual designer standing out in the crowd.

Last year, my popular Radiohead fansite, How to Be Like Colin Greenwood in Ten Easy Steps earned a Silver, while the website designed for Streetside Stories as a Taproot Foundation volunteer got a Bronze. An earlier version of this portfolio site was given an honorable mention in 2005.