Recognized for Best Advertising, Editorial or Design Agency, Best Single Ad: Energy and Best Animation/Illustration

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 8, 2009) — XPLANE, a global information design consultancy, is named as a finalist in three categories of the Stevie Awards: American Business Awards. XPLANE is one of two finalists for the prestigious category of Best Advertising, Editorial or Design Agency; the sole finalist for Best Animation/Illustration; and one of nine finalists in the category of Best Single Advertisement in the field of Energy.

XPLANE is recognized for the amazing illustration, A Website Named Desire, a poster created for Microsoft showing the inner-workings of website development. A case study can be viewed on XPLANE’s site. XPLANE joins DDB of Chicago as a finalist for Best Advertising, Editorial or Design Agency, and is among a highly-regarded group of finalists in the field of Best Single Ad for its creation of Earth 2030, a thought-provoking video on energy efficiency produced for BASF Group.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a finalist in three categories of the American Business Awards,†said Aric Wood, chief executive officer at XPLANE. “Being one of two companies earning a finalist spot for Best Advertising, Editorial or Design Agency is very rewarding and a testament to the unique and excellent work our team does every day. The Earth 2030 video sends an important message about the way we use energy in today’s world and A Website Named Desire poster is simply a remarkable illustration.â€

Hailed as “the business world’s version of the Oscars†(New York Post , April 27, 2005), The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business. More than 2,600 entries were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories; winners will be announced on June 22 at an awards gala in New York.


Founded in 1993, XPLANE is an information design consultancy that drives better results for many of the world’s leading organizations including Microsoft, Nokia, ITT, and BP through visual thinking and design. XPLANE offers clients unique and personalized service through its employees’ diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, including journalism, consulting, technology, marketing, training, illustration, interaction, process improvement, information design and architecture. Global XPLANE headquarters are in Portland, Ore. USA; European offices are based in Madrid, Spain and a third office is located in St. Louis, Mo. USA.


Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

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