Web design still means "design" - a fact often ignored by webmasters, which then is often helplessly accepted by web users. But also a fact which will not be rewarded with this award. Content and form depend on each other, they have to be in equilibrium and unity, not in conflict with each other. Good content in an ugly wrapping will not shine as brightly as it deserves, but also, good design holding defunct content will eventually reveal a product as a piece of empty and big-mouthed trash. Of course, a unity of form and content could also mean that both are crappy. But as I'm going to reward good quality sites, such a unity would not qualify unless it's intentional and satirical.
That's basically it, that's all to say. But to make my judgement seem less arbitrary, I will put this general thought into practice by making things more explicit.
To qualify for the Elysian Site Award, a site needs:
original and appealing content, not just a collection of links
a more or less consistent theme and concept behind the site
a certain size and discernible work effort, not just a handful of pages
a corporate identity and graphical unity
a more or less visible logical structure behind
a consistent navigation with a certain ease and finesse
the text being readable on the background
a general user-friendly approach
a certain decency
relevance for contemporary society
regular updates or at least regular maintenance
the possibility to provide feedback
a copyright information for copyrighted material
To qualify for the Elysian Site Award, a site rather should have:
an own URL and e-mail account, no free servers (as spending money directly translates into sincerity, devotion and - hopefully - longevity)
content in languages I can understand, preferrably English
a screen resolution of 640*480
To qualify for the Elysian Site Award, a site rather should not have:
a general overuse or lack of graphical elements
Flash screens or any other unnecessary gimmicks
an overuse of Java
a deterring color scheme
a screen resolution larger than 800*600
broken internal links
too many broken external links
too many ads
To qualify for the Elysian Site Award, a site must not have:
You will find a certain benevolence on my part, but I cannot just throw this award out. You have to deserve it. This award is not for free. You don't have to pay any money for it, neither do you have to sign my guestbook in return. But you have to pay with time and imagination. I cannot guarantee that you win, and should you not receive this award, try harder. Improve your site, re-apply again.
It is my sole and individual decision to grant this award to sites which I consider to deserve it. My estimates and criteria are subjective, and I reserve the right not to grant this award. But if you feel you fulfill above criteria, feel free to apply.
July 29th, 2000