Entries in the Pan Arab Web Awards Competition are judged by a Jury Committee of Arab and International design professionals and technical experts. Members of the Jury Committee will evaluate the entries based on special designated guidelines (Criteria) following the international standards web technology.
Each entry is evaluated in three separate rounds during the judging procedure. The three sets of scores are then averaged into a single score for the individual entry. Entries with the highest scores in each category win awards. A certain minimum score must be achieved to qualify for an award. If no entry scores high enough, no award will be given. Winners become candidates for Web of the Year Award which is presented to only one entry of the highest score.
Members of the Jury Committee
Virginia Commonwealth University QatarMs. Diane Michael is a design educator for more than sixteen years with infinitum passion on teaching learning motivation and creative thinking processes for creative groups, a researcher seeking cognitive diversity, and design problem-solver with the courage of crossing boundaries. Diane received an MA degree in Design from Middlesex University, London, in 2000. She also obtained an International recognition certificate from the International Society of Typographic designers (ISTD), London, 1996.
Diane has joined in 2008 the Graphic Design Department at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar as a fulltime assistant professor. She has been engaged in the teaching learning of major courses in bilingual typography, design methods and processes, design in context, design and narrations, design forms and communications, print productions, portfolio preparation, type design, interactive design, systems in design, and motion graphics. Prior to that, she was a Graphic Design faculty at Notre Dame University Lebanon since 1996, teaching major courses in the undergraduate program and thesis courses in the graduate program. As part of her academic responsibilities, she has been design program coordinator, advisor and contributor in the Graphic Design Curricula development. Diane has been a longstanding assessor in the International Society of Typographic Designers, London and the Middle East (ISTDME), and juror in the Lebanon Web Awards and many other international and regional professional competitions. As design practitioner, Diane has worked for local and regional clients design for both print and screen based design solutions.
Her intrinsic research engagement is an amalgam of theoretical and pragmatic examinations around the thematic path of Design and Culture. Lately, her research focus embedded the investigations on: Arabic type designs, sustainability of Arabic culture, design and emotions, creative strategies in design methods and praxis, geography of design thoughts in cross-cultural and intercultural environment, the social psychological factors and their influence on design, and the definition of indigenous audience. As part of the research dissemination, Diane has lectured on design in various international, regional and local institutions and conferences. She has been a guest speaker on several TV channels programs in the Gulf and the region.
Thamer Al Qadi
Information Technology ManagerMr. Al Qadi is the Information Systems Manager for KATARA, Cultural Village Foundation, Qatar. He has over thirteen years of experience in leading and managing the Information and Technology department in the Middle East along with experience in various domains in general information technology and lead the IT team which consists of a group managers and highly professional engineers. He is actively involved in development and implementation of IT strategies, plans and projects at organizational level operations and management. Al Qadi previously served as Head of Development for programming and analysis in the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage in Qatar.
Al Qadi holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Qatar University and a master’s degree in Project Management from George Washington University.
Virginia Commonwealth University QatarMr. Michael Hersrud is a multidisciplinary designer exploring print interactive and time-based media. He earned an MFA in 2006 from the RhodeIsland School of Design (RISD) and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.
Hersrud has worked in the design industry for 16 years and has been a guest speaker at numerous events including the College Art Association Conference, Type Con; The Society of Typographic Aficionados,and the AIGA National Conference on Education. His work has appeared in international exhibitions and film festivals in North America, South America and the Middle East, and is part of the permanent collection in the Graduate Program at the RISD.
Interface DesignMr. Levi Hammett, American, is a graphic designer whose research involves the creation of design work that explores the relationship between humans and their physical environment in terms of space and sense of place.
His work spans a range of projects which include a permanent interactive installation for the World War II Visitors Center in Normandy, France; to experiments with interactive typography; as well as interactive narrative projects which have been published in online collections and featured in international venues.
Hammett received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 and a BFA in Graphic Design from Oregon State University in 2003. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha where he teaches classes in interface design and game design.