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February 20, 2024

WP Engine Awards Creative project of the year, a collaboration between Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (YMCTB) and Noble Studios, wins the 2024 WP Engine Agency Partner Awards for Creative Project of the Year!

This prestigious award highlights the strength and success of our partnership with YMCTB, reflecting our shared commitment to excellence in website design and development. Our collaborative effort on the website exemplifies how teamwork can produce groundbreaking work that not only engages but also forges a deep connection between visitors and the majestic beauty of Yosemite.

“Our collaboration with the Yosemite Mariposa County team to bring this vision to life has been a remarkable journey. It’s clear the hard work, creativity and dedication have truly paid off, and we are deeply honored and thankful for this recognition from WP Engine,” said Jarrod Lopiccolo, CEO of Noble Studios.

Inside the Prestigious WP Engine Agency Partner Awards

As a part of the WP Engine Agency Partner Program, the WP Engine Agency Partner Awards recognize innovation and excellence in agencies around the world in creating WordPress sites that set new standards for creativity, functionality and impact.

The awards feature multiple categories, each celebrating a unique aspect of digital achievement: Design Innovation, Technological Advancement, Best User Experience, Digital Impact and Creative Project of the Year.

A panel of seasoned industry experts, including WP Engine executives and digital marketing professionals, oversee the evaluation process. The judging criteria emphasize innovation, functionality, user engagement and the project’s overall impact on client goals. These benchmarks recognize each winner’s contribution toward digital excellence. distinguished itself from nearly 200 other entries by 90 agencies worldwide, showcasing the unique design and user experience in a highly competitive landscape.

And, of course, as with all victories, the winner enjoys the spoils: custom Oreos.

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Behind the Scenes of the Winning Project

This award is a testament to the YMCTB’s and Noble’s unwavering commitment to expanding the limits of digital creativity to better engage travelers.

We distinguished this project by capturing the essence of Yosemite’s trailblazing spirit in a digital format. The website’s carefully crafted layout and dynamic interactive features create a uniquely personal, digital Yosemite experience. This approach not only showcased our prowess in digital innovation and user-focused design, but also played a pivotal role in earning the Creative Project of the Year title.

Specific strategies for success included:

  • Immersive Interactive Map: A detailed, interactive map that lets visitors explore Yosemite’s landscapes and hidden gems, complete with personalized recommendations for adventure planning.
  • Dynamic Content Publishing Tools: User-friendly publishing tools for crafting detailed itineraries, allowing easy seasonal updates and new attraction additions to keep the site dynamic.
  • Accessibility Enhancements: Features like descriptive alt text and high-contrast themes improve site accessibility, creating a navigable experience compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.
  • Responsive Design and Performance Optimizations: With responsive design and performance optimizations, the site offers a smooth experience across all devices, ensuring fast load times.
  • Custom Animated Interactions: Engaging custom animations, including logo-inspired button hovers, enhance the site’s interactivity and visual appeal.
  • Strategic Branding Elements: Incorporating Yosemite’s topographic maps, rounded photography corners and illustrated mountain silhouettes, these elements strengthen the site’s connection to Yosemite’s identity.
  • Modular Design System: A modular design system facilitates easy updates and content flexibility, supporting the site’s scalability and adaptability to changing visitor needs.

Visit the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau website to experience our award-winning work firsthand. 

Congratulations to both the YMCTB and Noble Studios teams on the remarkable achievement, with a special nod to WP Engine for acknowledging the site’s excellence within the WordPress community.

This recognition is a reminder of the importance of striving for excellence in digital design and development. We encourage you to explore Noble Studios’ full range of web design capabilities and see how our innovative approaches can enhance your digital presence.

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