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Finalists – Most outstanding website

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Most outstanding website” category.

Xero

Website: Xero
Judge’s comment: “Xero has made business bookkeeping pleasurable. End of month reconciliations are a breeze, the visual dashboard shows exactly where your money is, and if you ever get stuck you just invite your accountant to help. The interface is laid out well, uses a range of web technologies appropriately, is elegant and efficient. Support material explains complex accounting concepts well and clearly describes what to do next. End-to-end, Xero is an outstanding website.

Chrometoaster, YouDo, NZ on Screen

Website: NZ On Screen
Judge’s comment: “NZ On Screen ticks all the boxes: appropriate design, rich content, happy user experience, clean code, accessibility, innovation… and things that delight the judges. Navigate through these high quality NZ film and television clips any way you like. It’s easy to use for methodical research. Equally, it’s a pleasure to get lost here, wandering through these delicious collections for sheer enjoyment. And that doesn’t happen very often.

Boost New Media, 3Months, Codec, DigitalNZ

Website: DigitalNZ
Judge’s comment: “DigitalNZ isn’t just an attractive, accessible website featuring great content – it is all those things, and a lot more. It is an ambitious, and successful, attempt to collect, knit together and deliver kiwi digital content for New Zealanders and the world. It is one of the best examples of how to use the web to preserve and share New Zealand culture and do it in a way that is intelligent and interactive. It is a jewel in our digital tiara…

The “Most outstanding website” category is sponsored by Shift.

Finalists – best visual design

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Best visual design” category.

Springload

Website: New Zealand International Festival of the Arts
Judge’s comment: “Gorgeous to look at but essentially functional. Sleek but right. We like it. A lot.

DNA

Website: Powershop
Judge’s comment: “Pink for power? Absolutely. The surprising clarity of this design is deeply satisfying.

Springload

Website: New Zealand Opera
Judge’s comment: “Going to the opera, we expect drama, passion and frocks along with magnificent music. And look, here’s a website that suggests all that, boldly evoking the atmosphere of a night at the opera. Lush images and beautiful typography support the content on many levels—aesthetic, historical, psychological and practical.

The “Best visual design” category is sponsored by SilverStripe.

Finalists – best user experience

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Best user experience” category.

Eventfinder

Website: Eventfinder
Judge’s comment: “Eventfinder is the clean and simple way to find out what’s going on in New Zealand.

Pocketsmith

Website: Pocketsmith
Judge’s comment: “PocketSmith takes an unusual, useful, and practical twist to help its users get a handle on their personal finances.

Xero

Website: Xero
Judge’s comment: “Financial software is traditionally ugly and unfriendly and Xero breaks the mold, making it easy for freelancers and small businesses to share their finances with their associates and advisors.

The “Best user experience” category is sponsored by Google.

Finalists – best web application

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Best web application” category.

Pocketsmith

Website: Pocketsmith
Judge’s comment: “A very elegant, simple application to help plan future spending. It does exactly what it should and no more.

DNA, YouDo and Powershop

Website: Powershop
Judge’s comment: “A tremendously useful and clear application to find the best energy solutions, well suited to the web.

Xero

Website: Xero
Judge’s comment: “Who’d have thought bookkeeping could be fun. This is a great application, and very well executed.

The “Most innovative” category is sponsored by Intergen.

Finalists – most innovative

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Most innovative” category.

Ponoko and Origin Design

Website: Ponoko
Judge’s comment: “We’re excited by the potential of putting tools of mass production into the hands of anyone with a web browser.

Xero

Website: Xero
Judge’s comment: “An attractive and user-friendly resource for the growing base of freelancers & small business people who need to share finances with partners, helpers, and advisors.

DNA, YouDo and Powershop

Website: Powershop
Judge’s comment: “Powershop literally empowers power consumers, with the ability to track and monitor their usage in human-friendly ways, and decide how best to spend their power dollars.

The “Most innovative” category is sponsored by Idealog.

Finalists – Best content (corporate)

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Best content (corporate)” category.

Christchurch City Libraries

Website: Christchurch City Libraries
Judge’s comment: “Rich and varied content, way beyond the call of duty.

Department of Conservation

Website: Department of Conservation
Judge’s comment: “DoC’s web content has all the answers. Google loves it, so do we.

Sorted

Website: Sorted
Judge’s comment: “The content of this popular financial planning site meets the needs of puzzled Kiwis.

The “Best content (corporate)” category is sponsored by Springload.

Finalists – Best content (personal)

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Best content (personal)” category.

Jared Gulian

Site: Moon over Martinborough
Judge’s comment: “Jared’s blog is engaging and entertaining; he is taking the Wairarapa to the World and doing so with aplomb…

Alison Green

Site: The Gathering archives
Judge’s comment: “A multi-media mashup of memoir, fractured histories and anecdotes from a series of events that erased the memories of many that were there. Alison’s site is a public service…

Zef Fugaz

Site: zef[a]media
Judge’s comment: “Ideas. Strategy. Technology. The tagline says it all: the A-Zef of interactivity…

The “Best content (personal)” category is sponsored by New Zealand Post.

Finalists – Best use of HTML and CSS

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Best use of HTML and CSS” category.

WebWeaver Productions

Site: Environmental Protection Authority of New Zealand
Judge’s comment: “Environmental Protection Authority of New Zealand is a great example of a site that still works without images, without CSS and without JavaScript.

Radio New Zealand

Site: Radio New Zealand
Judge’s comment: “For a large, dynamic, content-heavy site, Radio New Zealand does an excellent job of keeping their markup clean and accessible

WebWeaver Productions

Site: Optimation
Judge’s comment: “The Optimation website is a good example of quality HTML markup and CSS

The “Best use of HTML and CSS” category is sponsored by SilverStripe.

Finalists – Best accessibility

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Best accessibility” category.

Radio New Zealand

Site: Radio New Zealand
Judge’s comment: “Radio New Zealand obviously took accessibility very seriously – with good use of semantic markup, accessible form markup and structural labels

Springload

Site: New Zealand Rehabilitation Association
Judge’s comment: “New Zealand Rehabilitation Association had excellent quality markup, clean semantics and good use of alt attributes

WebWeaver Productions

Site: Environmental Protection Authority of New Zealand
Judge’s comment: “Environmental Protection Authority of New Zealand has very good use of accessible navigation with multiple ways to reach a page destinations – with a focus on keyboard accessibility

The “Best accessibility” category is sponsored by Microsoft.

Finalists – Best mobile application

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Here’s the three finalists in the “Best mobile application” category.

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand mpass
Judge’s comment: “I love that a major airline decided to support mobile check-in and Air New Zealand has a much better experience than most of the other apps I’ve seen

Cactuslab

World Surfer
Judge’s comment: “I like the unique design while still staying largely within the iPhone aesthetic. It clearly addresses the mobile context, but more so enhances it

Cactuslab

Mobile Fotos
Judge’s comment: “This is a very well implemented app

Congratulations to the finalists.

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