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As web presence for magazines, news sources and digital publications becomes increasingly important, journalists and media professionals are now tasked with the near-impossible: create accompanying (or all new) online and mobile content designed to engage us attention span-lacking consumers. It’s definitely not as easy task, but this year, we’ve seen our Canadian content creators surpass expectations— and our judges seem to agree. Over the years, the digital design that blends and supplements news stories, websites, magazine and projects has continued to amaze, challenge and inspire.

The 2017 Best Digital Design Award will honour the digital publication with the most successful and original overall combination of visual and graphic design elements with functionality and user experience. This award is open to web publications, tablet publications, mobile apps, micro-sites and one-off projects.

This year’s best designs included two from the CBC; an interactive feature on Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip and a breakdown of US election results, as well as a pair of magazines, Toronto Life and FASHION, who have brought their impressive print designs to the screen.

Check out the 2017 nominees below:

CBC News
John Mazerolle, writer
Dwight Friesen and Elizabeth Melito, digital developer
Richard Grasley, designer

CBC News 
Éric Grenier, writer
Andre Mayer, editor
Adam Foord, Elizabeth Melito and Alisa Mamak, Digital Developers
Richard Grasley, designer

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Tim Burden, JP Lazaro and Gene Brukson, digital developers
Matthew Warland, designer
David Topping and Christine Dewairy, contributors

Jesse Mykolyn and Tim Burden, digital developers
Jennifer Abela-Froese and Scott Rankin, designers
Angie McKaig, Steve Kawalit, Sheldon Sawchuk, Matthew Warland and Ian Jackson, contributors

The winners of the Best Digital Initiative award will be announced at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

Full list of 2017 nominees
Digital Publishing Awards Event Details
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