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2 Award-winning Videos That Brought XPLANE to "Gamestorming"

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Feb 04, 2011 @ 01:48 PM

Business-design consultancy XPLANE of Portland, Oregon received a Stevie Award for Best Motivational Video in the video awards categories of The 2010 American Business Awards.  The entry deadline for the 2011 ABAs is March 31.

In 2009, XPLANE produced a four-and-a-half-minute video, Did You Know? 4.0, which visually informs about how the new world of social media and the latest communication technologies have forever changed the world’s media landscape.  This award-winning web video has received over a million views since it was posted on YouTube, and still makes fascinating viewing more than a year later.

Dave GrayFounded in 1993 by Dave Gray, XPLANE has evolved from an information- design company into a global-communications and business-transformation consultancy. Now part of the Dachis Group, XPLANE drives results for leading corporations through what it terms Business Design Thinking.

In keeping with this, Gray—together with XPLANE consultant James Macanufo and Sunni Brown of Bright Spot Information Design—recently produced a business book, Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers, explaining how tangible artifacts such as sticky notes and index cards make group creative thinking more effective. A short video from the XPLANE creative team using these same tools to provide a sneak peek into why this book is so useful in today’s business world.  You can view it at

Drawing largely from the visual thinking techniques that have made XPLANE famous, Gamestorming started out as a way to formalize a collection of visual thinking tools and grew into a handy playbook that anyone can use to think bigger, solve faster, and create more effectively. Gamestorming is a mindset: It fosters a new a way of thinking that is collaborative, fast-paced, and fun. 

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers is available now, and for more information, check out the Gamestorming blog at

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Video Awards Categories in The 2011 American Business Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 @ 04:07 PM

The subject-specific categories for business- or work-related video and film productions will be the same for the 2011 ABAs as they were in 2010, but we've eliminated the function and craft categories for video and film (the categories for direction, editing, and the like).

Here are the categories in which you can enter your productions that were introduced since January 1 2010 (the letter/number combinations are our internal category codes):

H01. Internal/Employee Communications
H02. Magazine Format
H03. Meeting Modules
H04. Motivational
H05. Orientation
H06. P.R.: Annual Reports
H07. P.R.: Government
H08. P.R.: Industrial
H09. P.R.: Media & Entertainment
H10. P.R.: Non-profit Fund Raising
H11. P.R.: Other
H12. P.R.: Technology
H13. Sales: Direct Response Marketing
H14. Sales: Government
H15. Sales: Industrial
H16. Sales: Media & Entertainment
H17. Sales: Other
H18. Sales: Technology
H19. Sales: Product Sales
H20. Sales: Service Sales
H21. Security/Safety
H22. Teleconferences
H23. Tourism/Travel
H24. Training

You can enter your productions through the ABA's easy-to-use online submission system, or offline - depends on whether or not your production is available online. 

All of the video awards categories require that you submit a brief of up to 100 words about the objectives and results of your work, plus the word itself, and optionally you can provide creative and production credits for the work.

Any questions about these categories, let us know.

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