Award history


Anthony Wilson

This award is In honour of the late Tony Wilson, well known for his work in so many fields as a presenter, journalist, founder of the world-famous Hacienda club, and joint founder of Factory Records.

Tony was a committed supporter of the North West digital industries and from 2002-2007 he was the much-loved compere of the Big Chip Awards. He left his mark on the awards, which continue to celebrate the best work from the most exciting small and new businesses as well as the bigger and long established stalwarts of the Northern digital scene.

Each year a special Guest Judge is invited to choose the shortlisted work that appeals to them most as original and modern.


From 2016 the award will simply be known as the Anthony Wilson Award. In previous years it was called the Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award.

Winner 2015

Rhythm and ThirtyThree with DB-Play, A Different Dimensions game for Deutsche Bank

Rhythm and ThirtyThree Rhythm and ThirtyThree

Special Guest Judge Malcolm Garrett said

"The Original Modern Award goes to Rhythm and ThirtyThree - DB-Play, A Different Dimensions game for Deutsche Bank. I’m really impressed with how this takes the original computer game ‘ping-pong’ and re-imagines it for a modern, mobile, multi-user world. I think Tony Wilson would like the noisily irreverent way it intrudes into the formal world of banking."

Malcolm mentioned other entries in his comments on the category. Read Malcolm's full comments here

Entrant's description

"Rhythm were asked by ThirtyThree to use their unique PlayNow technology to create DB-Play, a multiplayer version of a classic arcade ping pong game for Deutsche Bank for use at graduate recruitment events globally. Students instantly join the game played on the event’s big screen by entering a URL in their phone’s browser. Players work together as teams of up to 100 whilst also competing individually to hit the ball more times than anyone else. The game has so far been used at 17 events and has harvested thousands of sets of contact details, with more events planned worldwide."

Criteria

The Anthony Wilson Award is chosen by a special guest judge from the shortlists.

The special guest judge in 2015 is Malcolm Garrett


2014

Neville Brody

The 2014 award was judged by special guest judge Neville Brody. Neville is a giant among designers, chair of D&AD and professor and dean at the Royal College of Art.

Winner 2014

Manchester City Council with www.manchester.gov.uk

Manchester City Council Manchester City Council

The judge said

“a brilliant example of clear, modern thinking. Accessible and well-designed, it brought a clarity, ease-of-use and openness to local government.

Entrant's description

"In April 2013, Manchester City Council launched its new website. The transformed site is based what people want to do on our website, ensuring they can find what they are looking for. Its responsive design is easily navigated on a smart phone or tablet – which 39% of website visitors now use – or a PC. The bold redesign includes clear icons guiding people to the pages they need, covering the most searched for subjects and tasks. 80% of visitors come to the site to complete a transaction and the new site firmly supports the Council’s channel shift programme."

Criteria 2014

Neville simply chose the shortlisted entry that appealed to him most.


2013

Winner 2013

uniform with Postcard Player

uniform uniform

 

The special guest judge, Michael Nutley said

It's a privilege and a pleasure to be the judge of this category this year, following on from so many illustrious names. The entry I've chosen to win this award taps into a growing conversation about the relationship between the physical and the digital. It asks important questions about what we might have lost in the transition from physical artefacts to intangible data, about how we might interact with data beyond the keyboard or touchscreen, and about the importance of metadata such as lyric sheets, cover artwork and lists of musicians to how we appreciate music. I love the winner's simplicity and elegance. As a long-time print journalist and a vinyl junkie I love the physicality of the thing itself. But what I like most of all is that it's a work-in-progress, and that what it's really about is the continuing discussion of the interaction of humans and machines.

Entrant's description

The Postcard Player is a prototype that shows how we could use Paper Electronics to listen to digital music, or interact with other data and services in a more engaging way. People can put a specially printed postcard into the player and press the buttons printed on it to hear a piece of music. The cards are printed using conductive inks and have no electronic components. When they are put in the player they act like switches, telling it what tracks to play. The Postcard Player combines the analogue spirit of vinyl records and music cassettes with digital data. http://tinyurl.com/d2wwwow

Criteria 2013

The 2013 Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award was chosen by chair of the judgin panel Michael Nutley in honour of his ten years in the chair.


2013

Winner 2012

Tyneside Cinema with Time Machine

Tyneside Cinema Tyneside Cinema

 

Entrant's description

Time Machine is an alternate reality game engaging 9-12 year-old school children with the history of Tyneside Cinema. It starts as a web-based classroom experience and culminates in an unforgettable visit to the country's last surviving newsreel theatre where children must save the building from an evil foe. Time Machine wraps a fictional storyline around the Cinema's real heritage and offers a series of unique learning activities. The experience is at the cutting edge of education and entertainment and is the first time an ARG has been used by a cultural venue to deliver learning directly into the classroom.

Special Guest Judge David Sproxton said....

 

Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award 2012 from Manchester Digital on Vimeo.

 

See the short video about the project

 

Tyneside Cinema: Time Machine from Northern Stars on Vimeo.

Entrant's description

Time Machine is an alternate reality game engaging 9-12 year-old school children with the history of Tyneside Cinema. It starts as a web-based classroom experience and culminates in an unforgettable visit to the country's last surviving newsreel theatre where children must save the building from an evil foe. Time Machine wraps a fictional storyline around the Cinema's real heritage and offers a series of unique learning activities. The experience is at the cutting edge of education and entertainment and is the first time an ARG has been used by a cultural venue to deliver learning directly into the classroom.

Criteria 2012

David Sproxton CBE.


2011

Winner 2011

Ampersand Commerce with Made.com: Luxuriously Affordable, Great Design

Ampersand IT Ampersand IT

 

The special guest judge in 2011 was Nick Gallonof the BBC.

 

Nick said

Back in the day when the web was supposed to solve everybody's problems, a site like Made.com (which makes use of the Internet to cut out the middlemen) would be cherished. In today's world of risk-averse scaleable solutions, Ampersand IT have used open source technology to deliver an incredibly usable and great-looking site, showing that free spirit and entrepreneurism do still exist.

Entrant's description

 

Made.com gives consumers access to great design at affordable prices by connecting them directly with furniture makers through the Made.com ecommerce store, which was developed by Ampersand IT using the Magento platform. By stripping out the middlemen and connecting customers with the furniture makers directly, Made.com offers designer products that are up to 80% cheaper than the high street. Furniture is made to order and sourced from the freshest design talent, who create unique and original furniture. Made.com's order tracking system tells you who designed your furniture, its progress in the production process and the location of your shipment.

 

 


2010

Winner 2010

Kilogramme

Kilogramme Kilogramme

 

The special guest judge, Andy Davy said

Kilogramme sets out to provide great animation for people who didn't think they could afford it - and they do this in spades, with a huge range of styles and approaches for clients across advertising, broadcast TV, games companies and the public sector.


2009

Winner 2009

The 2009 winner was chosen by special guest judge Sue Woodward.

ahd imaging / Ian Hogg with ahd168

ahd imaging and Ian Hogg - Anthony Wilson Award ahd imaging and Ian Hogg - Anthony Wilson Award ahd168

 

Sue said

"Last December, Christmas was almost cancelled. Britian was poised on the edge of bankrupcy, banks and bankers were going or being thrown to the dogs. In that environment, no one was commissioing any creative work from any type of creative company.

It was truly a bleak midwinter.

This company had been working on a promotional campaign for a major retailer. When the budget was slashed because of the credit crunch, they lost out.

But instead of just giving in, the took the commission and turned it into a You Tube must see. They didnt give in, they weren't defeated. In the face of adversity they turned a loss into a winner. With humour, and talent. And that's why I chose them as this years winner of this special award.

I think Tony would have approved."

See the animation here


2008

Winner 2008

The Anthony Wilson Original Modern award was won in 2008 by Skylab with Clipper Round The World Yacht Race