Digital designers bask in awards success

The Christchurch digital design agency behind the "Share an Idea" campaign ended last year with a win in Microsoft's Humanising Data competition for another earthquake-related project.

Strategy design agency sister company NV Interactive won the Humanising Data competition for an app it developed for the University of Canterbury's CEISMIC project, which lets users search internet archives and data collected from the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

Microsoft challenged designers in the competition to create Windows 8 apps that would make data beautiful, real and fun for New Zealanders.

NV Interactive's latest award comes less than six months after its double win at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year awards for both web development and citizenship, for its work in the Share an Idea campaign for the Christchurch City Council.

The six-week campaign gave residents the chance to have their say in how they wanted their city to take shape, using Post-it notes at a community expo and online.

NV Interactive managing director Matt Pickering said winning the Humanising Data competition for its CEISMIC app was significant for the company.

NV Interactive digital strategist Will Morris said the award, coming so soon after the firm's double win at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year awards in July, was recognition of the company's unique approach to creating digital experiences.

"The Humanising Data contest was a solid opportunity for our team to engage with complex data from the CEISMIC project and turn that material into something meaningful, engaging and informative for users.

"Our experience creating the Share an Idea site was a strong foundation for us to build on with the CEISMIC app, and to be recognised with another award is a wonderful way to end a stellar year."

The CEISMIC app was praised by Microsoft judges for being easy to use, visually stunning and informative.

Judges were impressed with the depth of data that could be accessed through CEISMIC, which included a combination of video, photography, audio and documents relating to the earthquakes.

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