EARNED, NOT GIVEN.
The Mortarr Awarrds MMXX celebrate the most inspiring pros and brands in the commercial construction and design industry in 2019. Mortarr Awarrds honor subscribers making waves within the industry, and across the globe through their extraordinary work changing the skyline of the built environment and the digital landscape.
This isn't one of those award show rackets that charges you to enter or forces you to listen to some presenter drone on about why they're amazing and you're not. You don't even have to fly to a host city and make small talk with strangers. Check back on January 27th for the most inspiring digital award show experience you've ever attended.
MMXIX WINNER: ProAdvantage
TOP INSPIRING PROJECT
You hear that? It’s the sound of shock and awe. In order to win this Awarrd, a project has to be able to drop a few jaws through the sheer power of commercial construction and design. The winning project needs to blow us away not only through each individual photo, but the entire series as a cohesive unit. Now please excuse us as we pick ourselves off the floor.
TOP INSPIRING PHOTO
Say, cheese! Capturing the essence of a project in one single image is a tall task, but the subscriber who wins this Awarrd rises to the occasion. They nail the project, the lighting, the angle, and all the little things it takes to make a space feel alive. The process is intensive but the result is impressive. It definitely makes us smile.
MOST INSPIRING PORTFOLIO
SHARP SHOOTER AWARRD
Ready. Aim. Fire. Creating the perfect project gallery from beginning to end takes a keen attention to detail. This Awarrd celebrates that dedication. A gallery or showroom should tell the story of what products and pros can bring a space to life. When it comes to capturing this in all their images, it’s safe to say that the companies up for this Awarrd never miss their mark.
MOST ENGAGING PROFILE
HIGH PROFILE AWARRD
We got pros and brands in high places! This Awarrd recognizes the chart-topping accomplishment of creating an amazing company profile from top to bottom. We can’t overstate the skill it takes to curate a profile that will draw visitors from all over Mortarr’s site and the commercial construction and design industry. From pictures to keywords, no detail is overlooked.
MOST COLLABORATIVE COMPANY
TAG! YOU'RE IT! AWARRD
No one should have to go it alone, and this Awarrd recognizes the company most committed to working with others, and giving credit where credit is due. It requires collaboration to get your product into great projects and luckily Mortarr provides the very tools to do just that! The nominees of this Awarrd know you have to work with the best to be the best.
TOP COLLABORATION PROJECT
MOST MORTARRIEST AWARRD
When credit is given where credit is due the results are glorious. This Awarrd goes to the project and collaborators that understand the importance of sharing the spotlight with everyone and everything it took to bring a beautiful space together. This project is the ideal example of what makes Mortarr special. It’s an incredible commercial project with all the information on the pros and products that made it happen.
TOP STARRED PHOTO
The data doesn’t lie. The companies responsible for this project photo are the stars of the commercial industry. Across the entire collection of 22,000+ project photos on Mortarr, this single photo one was starred the most times by users in 2019.
NEW MMXX AWARRD
MOST SAVED PHOTO
MARIANO RIVERA AWARRD
Put it on the board! Named after the legendary MLB pitcher with more iconic saves than anyone in history. This project photo was saved to Mortarr Design Rooms more than any other in 2019. It deserves to be in the company of the greatest closer of modern times.
NEW MMXX AWARRD
MOST FOLLOWED COMPANY
KILLER COATTAILS AWARRD
By design, you can’t tell how many followers a company has on Mortarr. That’s right, we were doing it before Instagram. We don’t want Mortarr to be another popularity contest. We’ve leveled the playing field so the best work. The best products. The best pros win. Regardless of size. Then again, we did want to tip our caps to the company that’s drawn the ire of more followers than any other. Just once a year.
NEW MMXX AWARRD
MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROJECT
Our Greenest Project Awarrd goes to the project and subscribers whose body of work not only benefits individuals and businesses who inhabit the buildings, and the communities the buildings are located in, but the environment itself. We’re not just talking LEED certification, but the consideration of energy, water, health, transportation, consumption, you name it. It’s not enough to be green, you need to be the greenest of greens.
Minor Myers, Jr., said it best — “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” Our Do-Gooder Awarrd, goes to the project and subscribers whose crazy good skills don’t just apply to paying customers, but to the world at large and they actively seek out opportunities to make a difference not only in their industry, but in their communities.
THE MORTIE AWARRD
Staus quo? This winner says, “Status no.” The Mortie Awarrd goes to a company or individual in the commercial construction and design community that’s making North Shore Oahu size waves in the industry. The winner of this Awarrd is strapping in, buckling down, and helping to lead the revolution for better commercial design for all.
TOP STUDENT PROJECT
CRANE KICK AWARRD
Mr. Miyagi has taught you well, Daniel-son. This Awarrd goes to a student who has shown incredible chops and impeccable promise as demonstrated by their project submission in the Mortarr in the Classroom contest. This student has truly become a master of their respective field of study. Up next, a bright future with lots of ass-kicking projects ahead.
Franki Colett, Ringling College of Art and Design
Meagan Edwards, Auburn University
Heather Kelly, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Gabby Klein, Arizona State University
Elizabeth McDonald, University of Idaho
Yunji Seo, New York School of Interior Design
Anthony Spafford, Auburn University
Kelsey Williams, Arizona State University
NEW MMXX AWARRD
BEST SOCIAL PRESENCE
TOP SOCIALITE AWARRD
Whether it’s tweeting, pinning, liking, or snapping, it appears that developing a following is your calling. This Awarrd celebrates the company that’s social networking their way to the top of the commercial construction and design world with impressive content, beautiful imagery, and witty conversations. #MortarrAwarrds
POWERFUL PIXELS AWARRD
Websites are everywhere. Even cat grandmas have websites to show off their latest cat pajamas, and for just $9.99 per month on GoBuildAWebsite.com. The more and more websites we see, the more and more they’ve started to feel the same and left the world longing for something different. This Awarrd salutes the subscriber who most stretches the limits of their website beyond what’s expected. They combine thoughtful design, interesting storytelling, and beautiful imagery to make the world wide web a better place.
LEGENDARY LOGO AWARRD
One of the key elements of a company’s brand identity is its logo. A logo is the audience’s first impression to form an opinion and the lasting memory of what you’re all about. Clean and modern. Warm and playful. Serious and motivated. Look at a logo and you immediately begin to evaluate the brand before you even see the quality of the work or the beauty of the products. This Awarrd is selected not only on how cool or sleek or neat a logo is, but how well it communicates the value of the brand on a deeper level.
TOP OVERALL BRANDING
DAN WIEDEN AWARRD
The Dan Wieden award is named after one of the great brand builders of our time. He famously coined Nike's "Just Do It." tagline and helped make countless unknown brands household names. This award goes to the subscriber with the most impactful marketing and overall brand presence inside and outside of the Mortarr platform. This is the equivalent of the Academy Award for Best Picture. You have to do everything right to win.
We set out to assemble a panel of judges unlike the world has ever seen. Queue the music. Like any good team-building scene, we music montaged our way through an action sequence and recruited some of the brightest minds in commercial design, marketing, and photography to help give credit where credit is due. Meet the team that'll save the world from mediocrity.
MOST ENGAGING SOCIAL PHOTO
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARRD
Likes, shares, loves, follows, and comments galore. The people of the big 4 social networks have spoken and this commercial project photo speaks their language. The winner of a social media fan vote takes home this click worthy prize.
NEW MMXX AWARRD
Alexandra is the Associate Director of Materials at the International Living Future Institute, overseeing strategic technical development of the Declare and Living Product Challenge standards and industry harmonization efforts. She also leads a group of leading manufacturers called the Living Product 50 as well as efforts to engage the entire building industry value chain around the business case for sustainability.
Elizabeth is the design & brand strategy principal at HDR. A seasoned design leader with professional experience across multiple industries, she leads the architecture firm’s efforts to advance a holistic approach to design, embracing not only the built form, but branding, curation and the development of user experience from every angle.
Beth writes about a wide range of topics related to the flooring industry — architecture and design, floor- and wall-covering products, trends and technology. Additionally, she designs online content for the various social media platforms.
As Creative Director at RSP Architects, Jackie is responsible for building the firm’s national brand and reputation, which requires a mix of promotion and storytelling. Her team handles both internal and external communication efforts across RSP’s 5 offices, 350 employees and multiple markets.
Lily is the senior material expert at Material Bank, the world’s largest architectural and design-focused material resource library. After studying art history, Lily worked in product development for some of the most recognizable brands in the home furnishings industry including Williams-Sonoma and Tiffany & Co. Parlaying her passion for product, design, and the built environment, she joined ICRAVE, a dynamic interior and experience design firm in New York City, as a material and resource specialist. There she was a BETA tester for Material Bank and she realized, “there was no better way to engage with the design community on a grand scale.” After more than 6 years at ICRAVE, she joined Material Bank in February, 2019.