The Best of the Web: The 1998 Webby Award Winners
Suspend your disbelief for a second. Let's say you're stranded on a desert isle, and the Professor has built a Web browser out of two coconuts and a palm frond. As you'd expect, electricity is in scarce supply, and download times are...leisurely. So what handful of sites should you visit?
Might we suggest a tour of
the 1998 Webby Award winners, the most creative and innovative sites on the
Web? Sponsored in part by
The editorial staff of
here: The Webby judges included CEOs, presidents, editors, directors, deans,
founders, producers, and publishers. Not to mention such luminaries as
Following tabulation of the judges' votes, winners were announced on March
6 at a gala awards ceremony at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. In the
following pages, we present the nominees and winners of this year's Webbies
(a complete list of the judges and live links to the nominated sites appear
So cancel all of your appointments, fire up those coconuts, and come on in--the surfing's fine.
The digerati weren't the only ones voting with their
mice. Complementing the Webby Awards, members of the Web-browsing public cast
their own ballots to determine the 1998 People's Voice Awards. The voting
process, which ran from December 2, 1997, to January 31, 1998, solicited the
judgment of 100,000 Web surfers, who visited the 95 Webby-nominated sites
and made their own picks (indicated on the following pages by a gold star
Remember 3D movies?
You'd perch a pair of stiff cardboard specs on your nose, and suddenly you
were inches away from the action. Well, 3D is back, but now it's online. Just
The online gallery of 26-year-old photographer/sculptor/Web designer Auriea Harvey--and a Webby winner for the second straight year.
The prototype of the virtual community, the Well is a subscription-based conferencing system that enjoys a fanatical following.
A NASA-sponsored astronomy site for children ages 4 to 14, with kid-friendly graphics, photos, and quiz questions.
An exhaustive filmography database, fully searchable and hypertext-linked.
Berkeley Systems' online collection of multiplayer games, from word mind-bender Acrophobia to irreverent "netshow" trivia fest You Don't Know Jack.
"Geared to the lay public--not physicians or nurses," O@sis offers current information on nutrition, illnesses, and preventive care.
A resource for expectant and new parents.
An interactive zine for teen girls, tackling the topics that never go away: beauty, culture, emotions, and sexuality.
A refreshingly even-handed guide to financial matters ranging from tax law strategies to retirement planning, this site also serves as a convenient spot "for investors to learn about Vanguard and to execute transactions and interactions with Vanguard."
An interactive preview of Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum.
A late-breaking-technology news site.
smart, lively, daily Web review of politics, arts, and entertainment. Think
An online broadcast network delivering music, sports, and talk shows via RealPlayer.
An online museum of the physical and life sciences, art, and perception.
A free Web site (plus some membership components), devoted to "sports information, entertainment, and merchandise." Covers the basics--baseball, basketball, football, and hockey--plus cricket, soccer, and other less mainstream enthusiasms.
One of 19 regional CitySearch sites--some of them not yet open--CSNYC covers "everything from arts and entertainment to dining to shopping to living in the city."
An online supplement to the PBS network's educational programming (
This tongue-in-cheek send-up of the mild-mannered,