25th Hour Communications Awarded Gold for Web Design, Crisis Communications in 17th Annual w3 Awards

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Boston, Mass. – (November 3, 2022) – Twenty-fifth Hour Communications (25th Hour), one of the nation’s leading full-service education marketing and public relations agencies, is a 2022 w3 award winner, earning a coveted Gold designation for website design and development in the contest’s Crisis Communications category.

The w3 Awards illuminate creative excellence on the web and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning websites, video, marketing, mobile, social and podcasts. Receiving more than 3,000 entries annually, it is considered the leading digital competition that recognizes the most prominent agencies, the smallest firms and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.

25th Hour took one of the top spots for its work on the San José-Evergreen Community College District’s (SJECCD) COVID-19 resource pages, which served as a critical, centralized information hub for employees and students of the two high-profile, large enrollment colleges in the district.

“The COVID-19 pandemic put an unprecedented strain on higher education organizations. Within our industry, it highlighted the essential connection between successful crisis communications and well-designed websites,” said Jennifer Aries, president of 25th Hour. “Our team pulled it off, coordinating with the client to develop a site that was not only able to communicate critical updates to the district’s students and employees, but to do so with grace and empathy that resonated with their audiences.”

The site was launched in October 2021. Designed to be agile and responsive, the site continues to allow seamless updates as the pandemic and its subsequent restrictions and regulations evolve at the south San Francisco Bay Area colleges.

The tight, engaging, brand-aligned design is the work of 25th Hour’s Communications and Design Manager, Maggie Morley. The Senior Director of Web Development, Grant Hubbell, handled the web development and Lauren McDermott, public relations and marketing manager, served as project manager.

“This award is the result of collaboration between our talented web and research teams,” Morley said. “We banded together to help SJECCD turn their collection of COVID-19 links, files and resources into a hub that students, staff and faculty alike could easily reference right from the district’s homepage. I’m proud to be a part of important projects at 25th Hour, such as this one, knowing that we are making a positive impact for our clients."

“This was a fantastic project to be able to work on, and I’m so glad that it’s getting the recognition it deserves,” said Hubbell. “The design, usability, speed and optimization of this site are just all top-notch, and, more importantly, it’s providing a space for important information to a community who, until recently, didn’t have an easy way to access that information.”

The w3 Awards are sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising and marketing firms.

For more information or to view a complete list of w3 Award Winners, please visit www.w3award.com, email The w3 Awards at [email protected] or call 212-675-3555.


25th Hour Contact:

Crystal Berry

[email protected]

Phone: (660) 988-2490


W3 Contact: 

Kari Gillenwater

[email protected]

Phone: (212) 675-3555