I was pretty chuffed to find out we'd been nominated for four Net Awards today:
- Team of the Year for Five Simple Steps
- Agency of the Year for Mark Boulton Design
- Redesign of the Year for the redesign of the CERN website
- App of the Year for Gridset
As well as these, we helped organise the Line Mode Browser hack days with our clients at CERN which is also nominated for Best Collaborative Project.
Mark has already mentioned that it's great to get a 'pat on the back' from the industry but I wanted to talk a little bit more about the fact that I'm thrilled to get this recognition for our team.
Nathan tweeted earlier:
There are just seven of us at Mark Boulton Design, and along with our freelance book keeper Jan, and freelance Five Simple Steps editor, Owen, we (get paid to) work with fantastic clients such as CERN, Al Jazeera, ESPN and UCL, and run Five Simple Steps and Gridset (I have to pinch myself sometimes when I actually stop to consider this).
There was a time when people thought that Mark equalled Mark Boulton Design and whilst he is the most visible member of our team, it's great to see the other individuals and the work we do collectively recognised. Of course, Mark is still at the forefront of what we do and is a daily inspiration to us but Mark and I both recognise and acknowledge that we/our businesses would be nothing without the contribution of each individual we work with.
A lot of industry accolades and awards focus on individuals and whilst this is important, it's also vital to recognise the contribution of extraordinary teams across the industry who push things forward, break new ground and really shape the web that we all work on. Everyone wants to feel valued and respected and their contribution acknowledged.
I'm really proud of what we've built over the last 7 years and we've been lucky enough to work with many smart people along the way. If we don't make it through to the next stage, it'll be enough for me to know that in the last year, the industry has recognised the contribution of our team and the work we've been doing in the industry. For that, I'm very thankful and proud. Well done team!