IABC's Gold Quill Awards program has been the hallmark of excellence in business communication for more than 35 years. The winners represent the best in organizational communication and their work plans serve as best practices for professional communicators across communication disciplines.
This year's competition was sponsored by Towers Perrin and received over 1,040 entries from 30 countries. Of these, 116 were selected to receive awards; 41 Awards of Excellence, 73 Awards of Merit and two student awards.
The Government of Saskatchewan entered into a partnership with ADXSTUDIO to redesign their departmental websites. The new professional and modern design created a unified brand, one that all government departments could fall in-line with yet retain their individuality. Each department leveraged a standard template, which was set by the government's central site, enabling them to be connected to the parent brand. Although uniformity was maintained, each department had a separate color scheme, with slight template modifications, allowing them to continue serving their unique users.
The Gold Quill entries went through two rigorous rounds of judging by a team of top senior communicators from around the world. The final selection was made by the Gold Quill Blue Ribbon Panel of judges at the IABC world headquarters in San Francisco in March. The winners will be honored at the Gold Quill Awards gala on June 23, 2008 at IABC's International Conference in New York City. A select number of winning entries will be on display at the conference.
To win the Gold Quill Award, ADXSTUDIO Inc. competed with peers from 30 countries including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, U.K. and the U.S.
"The new government websites present a clean and clear design with a logical, user-friendly architecture," said Dennis Ambrose, Vice President, ADXSTUDIO Inc. "Developing the websites with ADXSTUDIO CMS put the power of publication in the hands of the content owners while relieving them from the burden of defining style and formatting."