Thank you, everyone, for making this year’s UXUK Awards the best ever. We are humbled by all the love coming through.
Well, 2016 has been another year of growth and expansion for UX. More UX related events and conferences, more UX jobs and courses and with the resurgence of virtual reality, more areas in need of design. Most of all, we’ve been more variety and quality of entries for 2016.
Of course, the most notable being the triple prize winning, SH:24 – the service that allows you to anonymously complete an STI test by mail and text you the results within a week. SH:24 took Best Innovation, Best Public Sector and of course, the grand prize, Best User Experience. Clearly a stand out winner. Though that wasn’t all from the awards this year.
Combined to celebrate with World Usability Day 2016 and attracting high profile industry involvement, the UXUK Awards offers the opportunity to promote major achievements and celebrate success. The winners in each category underwent rigorous analysis by the judging panel and all entries were reviewed and deliberated upon by a number of top-ranking UX specialists and digital experts.
“Those shortlisted and the eventual winners of what were hotly-contested categories can congratulate themselves for producing entries of the highest calibre. Each entry went through a meticulous judging process and it took my fellow judges and I a great deal of time to make our final decisions,” explained Jon Dodd, CEO of Bunnyfoot and part of the judging panel.
Making the most of the celebration were brands including Revolut, which netted the top spot in the Best Transactional Experience; Blue Cross, which came top of the Best Not-for-Profit category; BBC iPlayer Kids, which seized Best Entertainment and Leisure; Royal Navy Graduates, which won the Best Information Experience; the Best Effect on Business Goals award went to RBS DigiDocs; the trophy for Best Student Project was taken away by the four students from City, University London: Agnieszka Prusik, Nathan Harris, Judith Scheiderer and Florencia Döuek.
Others seen to be enjoying the entertainment on the night included teams from The Financial Times, Monzo Bank, Sony, BBC, The National Archives, Nationwide, Sky, ITV, EDF Energy, Lebara, Sainsbury’s,UXPA, Loughborough University, Deloitte and many more.
The hard-fought Best Overall User Experience award has previously been won by FutureLearn last year and BBC Sport in 2014, so SH:24 are amongst very good company.
Boasting a splendid turn-out, a top-rated keynote speaker in Rolf Molich, and entries of the highest calibre, the success of the fourth UXUK Awards serves to firmly establish the event as the highlight of the UX industry calendar.
Making sure all attendees did not leave empty-handed, organisers and sponsors of the UXUK Awards 2016 offered discounts on leading industry software, and handed out luxury goodie bags containing some serious swag.
Jon Dodd, CEO of Bunnyfoot and a judge of UXUK Awards 2016 concluded:
“The UXUK Awards has once again uncovered some seriously impressive examples of user experience, reaffirming our belief that the UK continues to be a hub for UX innovation. The evening itself was the culmination of a lot of very hard work and generosity and we thank everyone for their support. Here’s to next year’s awards!”
List of Finalists and Winners
- Winner: Blue Cross (Numiko)
- Finalists: WaterAid’s Height Calculator (Forward action), Informi (Vivid creative)
Best Entertainment & Leisure Experience
- Winner: BBC iPlayer Kids
- Finalists: The ITV Hub, HTC Mood Player (SapientNitro)
Best Public Sector
- Winner: SH:24
- Finalists: Direct2inmate Usability Testing (Core systems), Royal Navy Graduates (e3 Media), Information Commissioner’s Office: Report your nuisance calls and messages
Best Transactional Experience
- Winner: Revolut
- Finalists: Monzo Bank, EDF Energy Home Move (Bunnyfoot), RBS DigiDocs (SapientNitro), Turnbull & Asser (POKE London), Next Generation Banking App: Nationwide Building Society, Confused.com (Webcredible)
Best Effect on Business Goals
- Winner: RBS DigiDocs (SapientNitro)
- Finalists: HomeLet – Designing a user-led customer journey (Experience solutions), Clear Channel Direct (Access advertising), Screwfix, Charity Challenge (Huddle creative), CrossCountry Trains (McCann)
- Winner: SH:24
- Finalists: Chop Chop iOS App (Pivotal labs), Dulux Amazing Space (MRM Meteorite), Cambridge Core (Cambridge university press), Allianz (Numiko), Sony – The Curtain Menu
Best Student Project
- Winner: Nuts About The Park (City, University of London)
- Finalists: Child safety in the home (Loughborough University), Be part of the culture (Loughborough University)
Best Information Experience
- Winner: Royal Navy Graduates (e3 Media)
- Finalists: Cancer Research UK, Digitising IT Support: Computacenter and Hays (Octopus group), EDF Energy Digital Appointment Booking (Bunnyfoot), Histropedia (Geeks Ltd), The Financial Times
Best User Experience 2016
- Winner: SH:24
- Finalist: Revolut