ID Award

"I would immediately visit any site put up by Derek Powazek."

Richard Grimes, arbiter of cool, interviewed on lawgirl.

"Derek Powazek has created one of the best designed and best written personal storytelling websites around, with impeccable attention to detail and aesthetics."

Abbe Don in Eastgate's On My Screen.

For more quotes about {fray}, see braggadocio section.


{fray} was a nominee in three categories for the 2001 Webby Awards: community, personal, and best practices - marking the first time a single site has been nominated for three Webbies in a single year.

{fray} received the bronze award for "Best Storytelling Project" in the NewMedia Invision Awards 2000.

I was put under a spotlight by Adobe.

I was honored to be interviewed in Wired News under the headline: New Media Renaissance Man.

{fray} was selected as a winner in the Communication Arts Interactive Design Annual 5 in the Entertainment category. "The {fray} brings literature to the web with force and immediacy." September, 1999.

{fray} was selected as Cool Site of the Year 1998 in the Design category.

{fray} won a Silver Award in the 1998 I.D. Magazine Interactive Media Design Review, June 1998 issue.

{fray}, Kvetch!, and Octopus Messiah were praised in Print Magazine, May/June 1998 issue. The story, by Sam Pratt, about innovative uses of frames, said: "Derek Powazek is part of this cadre of young designers who have pioneered the use of seamless frames."

{fray} was featured in Graphis Web Design Now, a hardcover book of "outstanding online design."

I was the West coast team leader for Web 97's Cool Site in a Day competition. We won!

{fray} was a nominee in two categories in the 1997 Cool Site of the Year Awards: Best Personal Site and the biggie Cool Site of the Year.

{fray} won for Best Graphic Design in the WebINNOVATION Edge Awards, 1997.

I was profiled by Jon Katz way back in 1996.

Kvetch!, {fray} and Tweak have all been chosen as Cool Sites of the Day. Actually, kvetch! was chosen as Cool Site of the Day and a Project Cool Sighting on the same day, the only time in history that's happened.

I received the Project Cool sighting on September 25, 1996, for {fray}.

I've received the High Five Award for Excellence in Site Design twice: the first time for the week of August 2 - 9, 1995, for Dive Travel Express and then again for the week of July 10 - 17, 1996, for Tweak.

While I was still in college, I won the Silver Award in the PhotoJournalism category from the Society of Newspaper Design, 1993.