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All of us at Startup Weekend would like to send a huge congratulations to Kyle Kesterson of Giant Thinkwell for being recognized as the Best Startup Designer at last night’s Seattle 2.0 Awards.

The category of Best Startup Designer is an important one, as the role of designers has become more and more central in determining the success or failure of websites.  To quote Seattle 2.0, “For the first time in the history of software development, designers are brought into the forefront and become critical team players.”  Anyone who’s seen Kyle’s work with the Giant Thinkwell site can immediately see what a talented designer he is.

In his acceptance speech, Kyle was as true to form, wittily commenting that “My design professor who told me not to quit my job as a janitor is going to be thrilled.”  We’re thrilled for you too, Kyle!