Company also recognized as finalist in two additional categories

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 26, 2009) — XPLANE, a global information design consultancy, took home the top Stevie American Business Award in the category of Best Animation/Illustration. The company was also a finalist in the categories of Best Advertising, Editorial or Design Agency and Best Single Advertisement in the field of Energy.

XPLANE won for the illustration, A Website Named Desire, a poster created for Microsoft showing the inner-workings of Website development. XPLANE came in second behind DDB of Chicago for Best Advertising, Editorial or Design Agency, and earned finalist status in the category of Best Single Ad: Energy for its creation of Earth 2030, a thought-provoking video on energy efficiency produced for BASF Group.

“We’re very proud of the Website Named Desire illustration and having it be rewarded by the business community associated with the Stevie Awards is a great honor,†said Aric Wood, chief executive officer, XPLANE. “We have some of the most gifted illustrators, designers and consultants in the nation on staff and I’m thrilled to have their work be seen and recognized.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.


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 and information design. 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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