Leading the way
UW-Stout students dominate inaugural Web design awards
July 7, 2014
Wisconsin-Stout students were out front in a new national competition that
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.
The winners were
announced July 1. From UW-Stout they are:
- Jack Albrecht, of Osseo,
Minn., and Ryan Dahl, of Osseo, Minn., typography
- Albrecht and Dahl, best in
- Albrecht and Dahl, user
- Cody Hartleben, of
Wittenberg, visual design
- Keith Catalano, of Green
- Diana Witcher, of
Menomonie, people's choice
- Jacob Ferge, of Wausau, interactivity
- Ferge, people's choice
- Hartleben, best in show
- Victoria LeBeau, of
- Tim Brennan, of Eau Claire
; Brandon Gamber, of Shoreview, Minn.; Hartleben; Emily Kramer, of Chippewa
Falls, Maddy Settle, of St. Paul; and Maxim Uhlrich, of Madison,
- Chalsey Falk, of Moorhead,
Minn.; and Kimberly Yang, of Schofield, user experience
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
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.