Ravelry (ravelry.com) – an online community for crafters has beaten social networking titans Facebook and Twitter to a prestigious “Community Site of the Year” honour at the .net Awards 2010.
The BBC News (bbc.co.uk/news) website redesign received validation from the web design industry, beating Flickr (flickr.com) and YouTube (youtube.com). Veteran aftershave brand Old Spice (oldspice.com) won “Viral Campaign of the Year” thanks to former American Footballer and actor Isaiah Mustafa’s Old Spice Man making personal video replies to questions posed by members of the public and celebrities on Twitter.
Now in their 13th year, the .net Awards are organised by .net – the world’s bestselling magazine for web builders and are a celebration of the very best in web design and development. With an incredible 56% increase on last year’s voting total – to more than 95,000, the 16 .net Awards were chosen by a mix of public votes and the views of over 100 industry experts.
Held at London’s Ministry of Sound nightclub and hosted by stand-up comic Jack Whitehall, the .net Awards 2010 in association with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9, sponsored by Sitecore, Fasthosts and Basekit were the biggest and best yet.
.net Awards 2010
• Podcast of the year: Sitepoint podcast (sitepoint.com/category/podcast)
• Video podcast of the year:The Big Web Show (5by5.tv/bigwebshow)
• Viral campaign of the year: Old Spice (oldspice.com)
• Web personality of the year: Jason Santa Maria (jasonsantamaria.com)
• Blog of the year: Smashing Magazine (smashingmagazine.com)
• Community site of the year: Ravelry (ravelry.com)
• Innovation of the year: Node.js (nodejs.org)
• Best API use: Flipboard (lipboard.com)
• Mobile app of the year: Dropbox (dropbox.com)
• Standards champion: Jeffrey Zeldman (zeldman.com)
• Web app of the year: TypeKit (typekit.com)
• Interactive site of the year: Chrome Fastball (youtube.com/user/chromefastball)
• Mobile site of the year: Flickr (flickr.com/tools/mobile)
• Open source application of the year: Modernizr (modernizr.com)
• Redesign of the year: BBC News (bbc.co.uk/news)
• Design Agency of the year: Happy Cog (happycog.com)
Dan Oliver, Editor-in-Chief of .net, said: “We believe that our combination of public nominations and industry voting is the fairest and most transparent Awards in web design and development, and that’s backed up by the phenomenal year-on-year growth we’ve seen. This year we clocked 95,399 votes, which was a 56% increase on the previous year’s figures. The .net Awards have become the benchmark for anyone serious about web design and development, and this year’s results reflect the continued growth and innovation in our industry. Roll on 2011!
On the victory of Ravelry.com in the hotly contested “Community Site of the Year” category, Dan added: “Although communities are fostered within Facebook and Twitter, it’s clear that there’s still room for niche groups to flourish on the web, and Ravelry is an exemplary example of the best ways to manage, motivate, and maintain a group of passionate and engaged users.”
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