After being absent from the Jordan Web Awards for a couple of years, SYNTAX (and its sister web technology company Spring) was back for the 2009 awards. The ballroom of the Grand Hayat Hotel in Amman was jam-packed with web companies, reflecting the rapid development of the sector over past decade. The atmosphere was celebratory as every company table cheered for its entries (although not as loudly/crazily as ad agencies do in their own award nights 🙂

The highlight of the evening for SYNTAX was winning of the Website of the Year Award for the work we did for Amman’s Centennial celebrations in 2009. This win was particularly significant for us. A lot of effort was put into building this site last year. Amman’s Centennial website not only presents an engaging story of Amman’s development during the past century but it also served as the main web hub for the city’s various cultural and official celebrations in 2009. Integrating social web features, the site enables visitors to upload their own personal memories about Amman, emphasizing that Amman’s story is the story of its people.

SYNTAX not only developed the site’s strategy, information architecture and interface design, but also supplied the site’s original content, covering Amman’s city history and the institutional history of the Greater Amman Municipality. Spring developed the site’s content management solution and all of its social web features.

In 2008 and 2009, SYNTAX was heavily involved in the creation of the Amman Brand, the Jordanian capital’s first large scale effort aimed at consolidating and celebrating its emerging urban identity. Celebrating Amman’s story of human diversity, openness and sense of possibility was an integral aspect of the brand’s development. Using an interactive website to tell the Amman story and to engage its citizens represented a true embodiment of the brand’s values and experience.

The SYNTAX and Spring alliance also went home with seven gold and four silver awards, covering a wide range of industry categories and confirming the two companies’ leading role in the web strategy, design and technology scene in Jordan and the Arab region.

Here is what we won:

SYNTAX and Spring alliance (for combined design and development work)

GOLD: Amman Centennial Website [Events]
GOLD: Sunny 105.1 [Radio Stations]
GOLD: Jordan Professional Communities [Professional Societies & Associations]
GOLD Tariq Harb [ Personal Websites]
GOLD Jordan Business Systems [Information Technology]
SILVER: Makan Art House [Art & Design]
SILVER: Chronicles of a Refugee [Non Governmental Organizations]
SILVER: Hygex [Corporate]


GOLD Aramram [Media & Press]
GOLD Folowen [Blogs, Forums & Online Communities]

It was a fun, bountiful night for SYNTAX and Spring, which would not have been possible without the hard work of all the people of both companies and the trust of our clients.