April 12, 2016
LMU Honored for Best School/University Website in the 20th Annual Webby Awards
Loyola Marymount University has been honored for Best University/School Website in the 20th annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Oscars® of the Internet” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
LMU redesigned and launched its new website on August 31, 2015. The university focused its efforts on mobile users, more prominent visual content, and features it deemed most compelling to its target audiences after intensive research and data gathering. The site’s content highlights the university’s academic excellence, Jesuit heritage, and its location in Los Angeles and Silicon Beach.
IADAS, which nominates and selects the Webby Award winners, is comprised of over 1,000 web industry experts who serve as the judging body, including Tumbler founder, David Karp, Executive Creative Director at Refinery29, Piera Gelardi, Musicians Questlove & Grimes, Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram, Eva Chen, Twitter Co-Founder, Biz Stone, Jimmy Kimmel, and the creator of the .gif file format, Steve Wilhite.
LMU.edu was previously honored in 2008 as part of the 12th Annual Webby Awards.
“I am thrilled LMU has again been recognized with the world’s best websites, a fitting tribute to a world-class university,” said John Kiralla, executive director of marketing and communications. “With entries from all 50 U.S. states and 70 countries, this recognition reflects our global impact and imagination. Our team reimagined LMU.edu from its first pixel on up, and I am confident that our creative approach produced an extraordinary result not seen elsewhere in higher education.”
“Honorees like LMU are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from nearly 13,000 entries we received this year.” Added Kiralla: “I am most proud of our work because it represents more than the sum of its parts. Quite simply, it represents all of LMU because it was a community collaboration from day one.”
The LMU.edu project team was led by LMU’s Office of Marketing and Communications, the university’s Marketing Advisory Committee, and partners from mStoner, Inc.