I was jolly chuffed to be invited down to a swanky club on the 29th floor of Millbank Tower, overlooking the Thames for the first .net magazine awards ceremony. Along with dozens of web luminaries, I chomped coq au vin and swigged wine while Paul Boag doled out awards.
I was up for a gong for “Standards Champion 2009”, and Opera was up for a gong for Opera Unite in the Best innovation of 2009 category. However, neither my chum/ colleague Patrick Lauke nor I got to make a tearful acceptance speech, as I was pipped to the post by some Jeffrey-come-lately named Zeldman, and the award for Innovation was collected by the resplendently-jumpered representative of Google Chrome.
It’s hard to be graceless when one is beaten by the Godfather of Standards, so congratulations Jeffrey! I’m very honoured to have made it through the public vote to the shortlist. I valiantly fended off my disappointment by drinking far too much (and paying dearly for it when the hotel room began spinning later).
Thanks to the .net team for a fine ceremony, epicurean evening and excellent magazine. When economics aren’t great, it would be easy to dumb down the publication and go for moronic “build a Flash menu in 3 seconds” articles, but they have resisted the temptation and continue to develop a high quality magazine with high production values while promoting the best practices in Web Design. Top work, Dan Oliver and Oliver Lindberg. (Now let me win next year you bastards.)