Judges

Calling for Judges

We have being lucky enough to have some of the industry's leading crafters and specialists judge the Australian Web Awards in past years. For those of you who are interested in judging in 2020, we ask that you please send through your preferred area of expertise (User Interface Design, User Experience Design, Content, Development, Accessibility) and/or the category of which you feel best aligns. Categories include; Commercial, Government, Education, Small Business, Not For Profit, eCommerce, startup, Innovation, SEO.

Submissions will be allocated to Judges by 1 March with the expectation of being completed by midnight 15 March. We look forward to hearing from you all. Send your interest to [email protected].

2019 Judges

Australian Web Awards is proud to introduce the judges for 2019. Judging has already begun, but we would like to recognise the efforts of your peers, and experts, in these Awards. It is a big task and we can never do it without them! Feel free to check out their work - and make some connections! 

Jarrad Langdon (Chair) 

Jarrad has always had an interest in computers and design. When he was offered an apprenticeship at a local design firm he keenly embraced the opportunity presented to him. After completing several TAFE courses Jarrad’s talents have resulted in success both locally and internationally. The pinnacle of this success was his gold medal in Website Design at the WorldSkills International Competition, Helsinki 2005. Apart from being the trip coordinator for Jala Design, Jarrad is now passing on his talents to future designers by teaching design skills within TAFE NSW at the Hornsby Campus. Jarrad has also proudly continued to promote Apprenticeships as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador. He continues his involvement with WorldSkills Australia as a board member, regional/national judge, regional/national project designer and International Chief Expert. Jarrad is a proud member of the Parramatta Eels (cue laughter) and attends all home games on a regular basis. In his spare time, he can be found experimenting with eating new foods, sipping on a black coffee or enjoying quiet drinks with mates. Watch out for his Table Tennis killer slam!

Daniel Zuccon

With over 20 years experience in the industry, Daniel has produced an extensive number of web projects for some of Australia’s largest brands. His passion and interest for web development originated from building his first website in 1998 (in exchange for a skateboard, no less!) to running many successful boutique eCommerce stores and large online communities. Since then, Daniel made the leap of co-founding Optimising, the specialist SEO Agency that we know today. From its humble beginnings, the team has grown from a two-man enterprise to a large core team, growing into a highly respected digital agency.

Anthony Wymond

Anthony is Founder & Creative Director of Ignite Online with 15+ yrs experience in building award-winning custom designed websites.

Jamie Esterman

More than fifteen years after designing his first ever website, Jamie has established himself as a leader in the field of UX / UI / Web Design with many household name brands and organisations in his exceptional portfolio found at jamieesterman.com. Jamie has worked on national brands like Adelaide Zoo, Resthaven, Sydney Swans, Elders, Electranet, UniSA, South Australian Tourism Commission, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Crows, Port Adelaide Power, Canberra Raiders, The Hospital Research Foundation and Essential Beauty.

Michael Zaporozhets

Michael is a tools-agnostic creator with over a decade of experience in designing, developing & leading products and experiences in the digital space across rapid prototyping for startups, live-launching Calvin Klein’s 2016 Fall collection through to architecting design and implementation of UI for General Electric’s Predix Studio. In between the mad science, Michael plays some mean blues guitar and struggles to keep his humidor full.

Chris Burke

'With a background in engineering, design and business, I lead a group of highly enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced digital thinkers and doers through my digital agencies, Otaku and Tadashi. Having founded Otaku a decade ago, my leadership of digital product development has been key in delivering innovative, effective solutions for our clients. I’ve worked with organisations of all shapes and sizes across Australia, from startups through to Government departments, market-leading brands to non-profits. Otaku’s 'offshoot', Tadashi, is primarily focused on bringing digital improvements to healthcare. We work exclusively with clients in the healthcare space, on projects designed to update and advance the industry with our digital knowledge. We’re a group of expert digital consultants, with a shared passion for changing the face of health provision in Australia, one byte at a time. Our inherent creativity, technical know-how and analytical nature equips us to spot opportunities for positive change. Essentially, we champion better digital thinking in healthcare. We introduce knowledge, experience and strategies to transform the way the healthcare industry operates. It’s an exciting time to be a part of digital in health, and we’re here to lead the way.

David Vuu

David Vuu is Head of UX and Design at LiveHire.com and curator at Designweek.ly. He was previously Head of Design at Carsales.com and a Committee Member at AWIA. He has worked on a range of national and international projects: Formula One, MotoGP, Porsche Australia, Peroni UK, Fox Studios and Whirlpool. He has supported a number of startups that have been acquired by ASX-listed companies.

James Spittal

7 years experience running A/B tests for many of Australia's top traffic websites + brands - have a mental model of what performs and what doesn't in terms of UI design and UX (backed by past data).

Charles Schaefer

I’m an advertising Creative and Copywriter with two decades’ experience. I was part of the team that developed the award winning E10OK registration checker campaign and the “What’s your relationship with alcohol?” self-assessment tool. I am expert in strategic message planning and in generating creative ideas that bring brands and messages to life in today’s channels.

Michael Zaporozhets

Michael is a tools-agnostic creator with over a decade of experience in designing, developing & leading products and experiences in the digital space across rapid prototyping for startups, live-launching Calvin Klein’s 2016 Fall collection through to architecting design and implementation of UI for General Electric’s Predix Studio. In between the mad science, Michael plays some mean blues guitar and struggles to keep his humidor full

Michael Bollig

Michael's approach to web is a bit unconventional—in a good way. Currently Senior Design and User Experience Consultant at Empired, his approach to digital takes on a more holistic and strategic approach that focuses on brand, experience and inclusive design. He has been involved with the Australian Web awards for seven years—first as an entrant, and now as a judge. Michael spends his days applying design principles to projects, writing killer front­-end code, keeping clients happy and drinking coffee, and his nights fighting crime getting his five and three year olds to giggle uncontrollably. When he has time to rant, you can find him at @tweetbollig.

Jo Jung

Jo Jung is the coordinator of Games & Interactivity at School of Arts & Humanities, Edith Cowan University. Her research interest is in the field of human-computer interaction / Interaction design – in particular, UI, UX, and social-emotional design.

Az Yousef

Az has been in the Australian digital industry for 15 years working with some of the most talented technical and creative teams.

Jesse Yuen

Jesse is an Interaction Designer who has dedicated a decade to working within the Western Australian web industry, across both the public and private sector. He co-founded the Perth Device Lab, a grass roots, open community space located within the offices of digital agency Humaan and is currently designing inclusive experiences with The Guardian.

Andrew W Morse

The founder of a digital agency (1996) and a veteran of film and television production (1979), who has been responsible for creating / managing content from identity, photography, print, online and video for clients around the world and has judged the (Web Marketing Association) Web Awards for many years.

Doyle Buehler

Doyle Buehler, MBA, is a best-selling author, global entrepreneur, international speaker & digital business thought leader, specialising in strategic digital branding and marketing. He has mentored, coached, trained & inspired many in the areas of startups, digital leadership, digital innovation, disruption, transformation, online marketing, social media and entrepreneurship. He has built multiple award-winning innovative online, ecommerce startups and digital media businesses around the world. He runs a worldwide strategic digital marketing agency for companies who want to create disruption in their industry. At the intersection of innovation and strategic marketing, he is best known for effectively connecting business leaders to their entire digital ecosystem, to help them build a remarkable business online. Doyle is the author of the several digital strategy and marketing books, including his latest #Breakthrough - Unleash Your Remarkable Brand Value, Influence & Authority. He also hosts the popular iTunes podcast, Breaking.Digital, where he interviews digital influencers from around the world, discussing digital leadership, innovation and disruption across a range of digital business and online channel topics.

Stephanie Campanella

Stephanie Campanella is a thought leader focused on motivating creatives to dial into the metrics of their business so they can create recurring profit and freedom. After building two amazing brands in the property/construction niche she's now focused on giving back to the creative industry through her ecosystem of free content and also paid consulting. When Steph's not mentoring creatives so they can thrive - not just survive - she's eating her way through every Mexican restaurant in Sydney whilst wearing Lorna Jane activewear.

Felicity Selkirk

With 15 years industry experience, Felicity Selkirk is the founder of Website Projects, a digital development agency focussed on building successful, robust online businesses. An expert in user experience and front end design, Felicity is a highly motivated champion of digital technologies and has developed digital solutions covering telehealth, education, ecommerce and application development. With an international client base Felicity has developed an extensive understanding of what it takes for businesses to succeed in a competitive online marketplace.

Leticia Mooney

Leticia Mooney is currently CEO of Australian content company, Brutal Pixie. She is obsessed by the Customer Experience and Business components of content, and the ways in which a strong corporate strategy can drive the key messages of brands. Unlike many in her industry. Leticia has been a publisher, editor and mentor of writers, has scaled digital publications internationally, and has worked across a huge range of industries. Leticia is a strategist who is passionate about bringing deep publishing expertise to firms in professional services like law and engineering. She works with professional services firms to help them understand how publishing structures can help them carve unique positions in the market, grow their businesses, and drive efficiencies that are characterised by better, happier, simpler use.

Eddy Eau

Eddy co-found Square18.com.au in 2004. He has an I.T management and consulting background in many tier one organisations prior to starting Square18.com.au. He started his career as a Software Engineer, progressed to Business Analyst and later was appointed an I.T Operational Manager. He has worked with illustrious companies such as Telstra, ISA Technologies, Alpha West and later Snap Franchising Ltd. Eddy is the key person managing Square18.com.au's daily operations and provides strategic directions on the expansion and growth of the business. He is also the key consultant who meet with prospects (clients), and throughout the hundreds of projects that Square18.com.au has developed - Eddy has met and got to know all the clients from the start of the relationship. Eddy found the methodology of S.V.S - the ultimate component of Square18 Business Process. The methodology has put Square18.com.au as the pioneer in the digital economy, and thus that how the name of "The Digital Economist" is known. In 2017, Eddy was one of the judges for the Australian Web Awards 2017. He was judging the UX and Development Factors.

Robert Williams

Vastly experienced UX Consultant, Teacher, Facilitator, and Public Speaker. Robert has a unique love for UX educational opportunities, and his greatest delight is to pass onto others his knowledge and mix education into practical User Experience processes.

Maria Mamaeva

Maria has been playing in a web space since 2008, being involved in content editing and creation, social media, UX and web architecture from different angles, being on a consultant/developer side to more recently representing a state government agency

Sean Smith

Owner of Australia's longest-standing experience research and strategy consultancy http://www.u1group.com