CSSDA uses 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 8.20 (this varies depending on quality of the sites submitted). Sites, except WOTDs, that receive above 6 receive Special Kudos. The second system is for the public vote awards and the categories include UI Design, UX Design and Innovation. Winners are determined by votes from both the public and the scores from the judges. To win, sites must receive 20 votes in one or all categories and the total average score from the judges must be above 6.
Q. What do you mean by UI, UX and Innovation?
UI refers to the User Interface design such as aesthetics and effects. UX refers to User Experience and functionality. Innovation refers to the use of new development and design ideas.
Q. Can a site win all four awards including UI, UX, Innovation & WOTD?
Yes, sites that score highly in all categories have the chance to win both the public awards and the judge's WOTD award.
Q. Is there a time limit for judging and scoring?
A time limit of 96 hours pertains to WOTD. Outstanding sites can win both WOTD and the public awards prior to this time if enough votes are received for UI, UX and/or Innovation and the judges' scores are high enough.
Q. Are the scores updated in real-time?
Yes. Revisiting the detail pages of nominees during the 96 hour time limit will display updated scores and votes.
Q. Can the public vote without a login account?
Yes. Public votes do not require a login account. Please note that a maximum of 1 vote per site applies for each of the UI, UX and Innovation awards giving a total of 3 public votes per site. A combination of IP tracking and human moderators may be used to help deter click-fraud.
Final Judge's Score
Michael V. Bloom
Design Director and Creative Technologist
Design Team Leader
Creative Director & Visual Designer
Art Director, Product Designer & Front-end Developer