December 21, 2017

UpShift Wins Five Davey Web Awards

UpShift took home five Silver Awards this year in the Davey Awards, a competition specifically for smaller and boutique agencies. Websites for projects between California’s Central Coast, Minneapolis’ North Loop and Chicago’s downtown all impressed this year’s judges. Learn more about each of the winning sites below.


GoGoleta is a sophisticated yet welcoming tourism site that attracts millennials, families & business travelers to California’s Central Coast. We captured Goleta’s “On the Coast, Down to Earth” spirit and showcased unique regional features of this coastal area—outdoor recreation, beaches, microbreweries, wine tastings, and local shops—prominently throughout the site via captivating photography. We also baked in several advanced features including real-time hotel availability, a comprehensive event calendar and easy access to trip planning tools and itineraries.


AutoCamp by Prospect Hotels is a unique concept in luxury travel, featuring bespoke Airstream travel trailers in adventurous settings. Full-page photos showcase the beauty of the northern California surroundings and the well-appointed trailers and tents. An integrated booking bar makes reserving your spot in the great outdoors easy, and Instagram, video, and Spotify integration make this site the perfect blend of high-tech function and the great outdoors.

Aurélien Apartments

Aurélien Apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast is setting the standard against which all other apartment developments are being compared. It’s a unique combination of the storied location just steps from Mag Mile, the bespoke interior design, the stunning views…and also the sophisticated “relaxed luxury” brand that UpShift built.

The brand look and feel is refined, contemporary elegance, and those qualities shine through in this custom website. Elegant textures and photography showcase the refined living expected in one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods. Discerning residents who seek a fresh take on Gold Coast living know Aurélien is the gold standard.

Maverick Apartments

Our custom website for Maverick Apartments in Minnesota captures the independent spirit and creative vibe of the building’s North Loop neighborhood with a warm, rich color palette, pops of plaid, and references to local hot spots. UpShift created the brand, name, logo, website and more for this project. Our custom approach to marketing set Maverick apart from other new developments in downtown Minneapolis, leading to strong social media sharing and lease-ups.

Illume Condominiums

Illume Condominiums lights up Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood and sets a new standard for ultra-luxury sales in downtown. UpShift created the brand, name, marketing collateral, and website for this ultra-luxurious residence with homes in the $1 million range. Our bespoke website design features a custom video that taps into the West Loop’s creative edge, utilizing quotes from famous artists, chefs, designers and other trendsetters. Subtle glowing effects and elegant design showcase Illume as a beacon of refinement and downtown living in a new light.

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