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Inside Housing Wins Website of the Year at the IBP Awards 2009

Ocean Media’s Inside Housing website won the award for Best Website of the Year at the IBP Awards 2009.

Inside Housing scooped the award against tough competition from UBMi’s Property Week and World Architecture News. Abacus is proud to have designed and built both of these flagship sites and we congratulate their success.

This was the official commentary from the IBP:

Website of the Year Award

As continued advances in technology make online information sources a valuable partner to the more traditional newspapers and business magazines, the judges of the Website category found all the entries this year had made significant improvements in the delivery of their news content. Overall use of colour, formatting and effective navigation impressed the judges. The nominations in the category were shortlisted, in the final session, on the basis of the delivery of the news content and writing for the web, within the parameters of this new and fast developing media.

Inside Housing combines good writing for the web with a page format making maximum use of screen width. The multi-column layout is compact and site navigation is straightforward, clear and logical. The site appropriately prioritises user involvement by featuring the forum and blogs prominently on the home page. Solid web writing throughout and clear headings and sub-heads enable the user to skim or to discover a wealth of relevant content.

Property Week provides a bright and colourful website that is content and feature-rich. News stories provide good examples of writing for the web with short paragraphs written in a clear, uncluttered style. The use of colour accents and images add interest to the pages. This is an interesting and visually appealing website with many positive features.

World Architecture News is a boldly designed and visually strong website which makes powerful use of colour combinations to attract and create impact. Clean and uncluttered content pages add a sense of calm and the page structure is rational and elegant. Extensive font replacement gives the site a strong visual identity appropriate to its readership.


  • Inside Housing – Winner
  • Property Week
  • World Architecture News

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