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This website looks great on mobile devices!
Why does this website deserve to win?: 

The Build a web site has a ground-breaking interface for consuming video tutorials. Every one of the 610+ video tutorials are listed on a single page, making it incredibly easy to browse.

When a video on Build a plays, the full transcript appears to the right of the player, making it easy to quickly browse a video's content. The transcript is also clickable, making it a useful navigation tool as well. Every video is completely captioned, making the full collection highly accessible.

The interface also includes additional useful features like:

  • The ability to create, export and import playlists
  • Infinite play, which merges the bite-sized videos into a longer video stream
  • Completion tracking to make it easy for viewers to see what they've completed and what's left.

The mobile version of the site provides a different, minimal interface, build ot jQuery Mobile.

In additional the postive feedback we've received regarding the interface, viewers have repeatedly said that the content on Build a is some of the best video-based training they've ever experienced. The videos are short, focused and use techniques that make the lessons easy to follow without wasting any time.

Website Launch Date: 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
How It Was Done (optional): 

The interface that viewers interact with is just tip of the iceburg. Behind the scenes on Build a is a rich interface for encoding videos in multipe formats, for freely organizing the videos into collections, managing transcripts, and lots more.

This site and the original "Drupal 7 Development Core Concepts" video collection was a full-time, 4-month project. Chris Shattuck, the creator, completely freed up his schedule to work solely on developing the content and interface for the site. Since then, there have been some additional interface tools built in based on user feedback, but the site as it existed during this launch is still largely the same, and still incredibly useful.

Owner's name: 
Chris Shattuck
Development Company: 
Build a