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The Making Spot

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Why does this website deserve to win?: 

The Making Spot is a pioneering website that blurs the boundaries between ecommerce and social networking.

The huge effort that went into researching our audience and content structure was followed up by repeated user testing to inform the design process. This was matched by an incredible feature set and a considerable amount of content, all beautifully curated.

The Making Spot is a fantastic example of how to move content from print-based media to an online environment. Thousands of projects and articles, and tens of thousands of images were pulled from Future's craft publications into a portal that had been carefully designed to present everything in a way that engages crafters and makes them feel totally at home.

Website Launch Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2011
How It Was Done (optional): 

Graeme Blackwood recently presented a webinar on the user experience design process – slides on slideshare

This project resulted in some important code and support contributions back to the community, particularly by Luke Simmons with NodeQueue, Node Import and Views Bulk Operations.

There are some interesting customisations in the site, especially with Apache Solr and utilising Chaos Tools (blog post) to achieve many of the user experience enhancements we needed.

Owner's name: 
Future Publishing
Development Company: 
Deeson Online
Deeson Online create beautiful websites, built on Drupal. Our ambition is to make every website we create a joy to use. Our hand-picked, expert team can handle even the most complex build requirements.