Founded in 2009 and launched in 2010, CSSDA is an international web design and development award platform that honors and showcases freelance designers, studios and agencies for work that pushes the boundaries of UI, UX and innovative development.
Backed by an international panel of expert judges, winners are rewarded with official certificates, prestigious trophies and recognition from industry leaders along with tens of thousands of daily visitors to the CSSDA site.
CSSDA provides awards based on two judging systems. The first is for WOTD (Website of the Day) and is determined by the scores from the judging panel. To be considered, sites must receive an average score above 8 (this varies depending on quality of the sites submitted) from the judges. The highest scoring sites are scheduled to be awarded on the next available day and receive an official WOTD certificate along with being placed in the running for WOTM (Website of the Month). Sites, except WOTDs, that receive an average of above 6 receive an official Special Kudos certificate.
The second system is for the public awards and includes UI, UX and Innovation. Winners are determined by votes from both the public plus the score by the judges. To win, sites must receive more than 20 votes in one or all categories and an average judge's score above 6. Winners receive official Public Awards certificates for each or all of the categories.
WOTM winners and select WOTD winners are entered into WOTY (Website of the Year) and winners receive offical certificates.
Along with WOTY, at the end of the year we celebrate DOTY (Designer of the Year) with three main categories including Solo (1 + collaborator), Studio (2-10 people) and Agency (10+ people). DOTY winners receive offical certificates. Runners up are awarded in our Best In Class categories with official certificates.
CSSDA provides a level playing field to ensure solo freelancers, studios and agencies have a chance to be recognized during the end of year DOTY awards. When sites are submitted, the submitter is asked to choose one of these categories to ensure they are competing against similar sized creatives.
Submissions should include a high quality screenshot and accurate information including a correct email address to receive notifications about your submission. Sites must be complete and the work must be original. CSSDA reserves the right to reject sites with negative content, errors or poorly executed designs. Templates may be entered however the chances of winning an award depend on originality in both the design and code.
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