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UW-Stout students dominate inaugural Web design awards

July 7, 2014

University of Wisconsin-Stout students were out front in a new national competition that concluded recently.

UW-Stout dominated the online Student Web Awards, submitting the most accepted entries, 22 of 34, and sweeping first place in all six categories for Web design.

UW-Stout also took three second places and three third places in the first year of the competition, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

The UW-Stout team of Jack Albrecht and Ryan Dahl, both of Osseo, Minn., took three first places.

Jack Albrecht and Ryan Dahl took first for typography, user experience and best in show.The winners were announced July 1. From UW-Stout they are:

First places

Second places

Third places

UW-Stout teaches Web design as part of the undergraduate program in graphic design and interactive media. For more information, click here.

Other universities with award-winners were North Carolina State University, Sage College, American University, University of Minnesota and University of Oklahoma.

UW-Stout was well-represented in part because Assistant Professor Robert Fraher helped create the competition. Entries were judged by Yana Sakellion, of American University; David Molanphy, creative director for Perspective Lab; and Fraher.

"We hope the awards will become a highly anticipated yearly competition and showcase of the best in student Web design," Fraher said. "The jurors share a passion for design education and a commitment to supporting emerging design talent."

Fraher also said the contest is part of a research project he has conceived to connect his scholarship, teaching and service activities. His goal is to establish a global community of students, designers, instructors and institutions and to promote their communication and collaboration.


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A design by Jack Albrecht and Ryan Dahl of UW-Stout took first place for typography, user experience and best in show in the national Student Web Awards. The design is a prototype for the Oregon Independent Film Festival.


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