1. Apollo 11 Real-Time Mission Experience
If landing on the moon was a “giant leap for mankind”, what are we to make of this equally stunning feat: a website that combines hundreds of hours of film. 11,000 hours of audio and 2.000 photos from the Apollo 11 mission? Including all the footage from the recent Apollo 11 documentary. the site lets you follow the mission from 20 hours before launch to splashdown eight days later. As you go. you can play samples and read a transcript. while navigating via an interface that’s so packed with buttons you almost feel part of Mission Control.
2. National Restaurant Awards
Looking for a restaurant that’s guaranteed to fill your stomach? You’ll find plenty of recommendations on this website, but be warned: it may leave a gap in your wallet. The site lists the top 100 eateries across the UK. as voted for by chefs, food writers and restaurateurs. Drawing you in with appetizing example dishes, it gives a good flavour of each restaurant while pinpointing its location and allowing you to check availability without leaving the site. You can view each restaurant on a map or filter by Michelin star. There’s also a list of special awards highlighting venues and chefs that will surely satisfy the appetite of any dedicated foodie.
3. Suffragette Aberdeen
The history of the suffragettes is as important as it is interesting, so this interactive project is very welcome. A map pinpoints places associated with the movement in the north-east of Scotland and, as you click. you get a strong sense of story, especially in entries that contain well-chosen images. We’d like to see more pictures, as well as follow-up links that explain the references, and it would be nice if the project didn’t rely so heavily on a fiddly map. Once the accompanying blog gets up and running, however, it’s sure to be an invaluable resource.
4. What Can I Do For LibreOffice?
LibreOffice is one of the most popular free office suites, but It relies on help and goodwill, so the non-profit organization behind it has set up a website explaining how to get involved. It highlights specific areas of interest, from documentation and marketing to development and testing. You can dismiss each one to see the next or select Tell Me More to narrow down your expertise and view wiki resources to get you started. By drawing attention to the various disciplines, the organization hopes something will catch your eye. It’s certainly very effective.
5. Dr Mario World
Creating games for phones and tablets must have been a hard pill for Nintendo to swallow, given its history of making titles exclusively for its own hardware. Its mobile catalogue is about to get even healthier, however, with the launch of Or Mario World for iOS and Android on 10 July. This site explains how to play the game, and lets you read related tweets. watch a trailer and enjoy regular ‘virus videos’ – short, fun animations that should make you smile. The colourful site is light on screenshots. and there are no goodies to download, but it includes links to the App Store and Google Play.
Stamma is an awareness campaign set up by the British Stammering Association to help people who stammer get the support they need. It also aims to give the public a better understanding of the causes of stammering. In some ways. it lacks immediacy: the carousel doesn’t really hammer home the issue and the images are rather uninspiring. Delve deeper. though, and this well-designed and easily navigable site contains a wealth of information that tackles the subject from multiple angles while highlighting events and local groups and showcasing online support.
7. Go Outdoors
It’s annoying when you find that items you’re buying online are not available for home delivery and have to be collected from a physical shop. This was the case with several items we tried to buy from Go Outdoors – free deliveries, it appears, don’t always go where you want them to. If you can weather that storm, however. you’ll find that this revamped website is a vast Improvement over the old one. It’s cleaner, with clearer navigation options. and brings the products to the fore. It also highlights once-peripheral sections: blogs, an outdoor cookbook, camping guides and videos now appear in their own excellent section called Go Explore.
Here’s a meaty treat to get your teeth into. courtesy of traditional Cumbrian butcher Cranstons. With a new user-friendly design that’s just as easy to browse on desktop and mobile, and a revamped online shop with an improved payment system. the site makes it easy to buy gift hampers, meat boxes and individual cuts while discovering where the meat comes from. You can also explore the company’s local shops and food halls. and learn about the Cranstons’ story. complete with photos that span the ages. Best of all is a selection of appetizing recipes. There are six now, but more are promised soon.
9. Sight Advice FAQ
Five charities that work with blind and partially sighted people have joined forces to create a new hub that answers questions about living with eye-related problems. Its vivid design uses a simple layout and bold fonts, while the lack of images reduces clutter. You can type questions into the search box or use the categories in the left-hand menu, and rate answers for their usefulness. The site covers as many bases as possible, so whether you’re looking for information on a particular condition, researching any benefits you can claim or seeking assistance with independent living, you’re sure to find it here.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s natural health website, Goop, has added a new section for men in the hope of widening its promotion of mental and physical wellbeing. So far, it offers only a small selection of articles covering relationships, men’s health issues, technology, food and science, along with videos and a podcast series called Goodfellas. There are lots of commercial promotions, too, including publicity for a new range of clothes called G Label Men, which perhaps shows where this is heading, even so, it’s an attractive site that offers a fresh perspective, and you can sign up for a monthly newsletter if you find yourself drawn in to the Goop way of living.
11. Atari VCS
The Atari VCS (later known as the 2600) popularized home video gaming in 1977, but the 1993 Jaguar was a flop, marking the end of Atari’s involvement in consoles. With a new modern-day VCS due next year, this site discusses the console’s specs while briefly looking at its games and the inspiration behind it. It generally scores well, with a good FAQ and developers’ blog, but we could do with a better look at the retro-styled console, as well as information on Atari World OS and the games we can expect. Preorders are for US customers only, too.
SSAFA supports the UK’s armed forces and its relaunched website does a fine job of explaining its work. By breaking the homepage into digestible chunks, it allows visitors to explore the charity’s important issues and the people it has assisted, while encouraging visitors to get involved and asking for donations without being too pushy. We like how the charity lets volunteers make and update their own pages, which should give the site a more localized feel over time, but we’d like to see greater prominence given to its fascinating history section and the latest news stories.
Business folk stuck in stuffy offices and boardrooms should welcome any encouragement to enjoy a country ramble or a city walk. Freshwalks has organized such networking jaunts for five years in the North West and it’s roaming further afield with this revamped site that integrates Eventbrite and Mailchimp for ticket sales and marketing. Navigation is a bit clumsy, but we like the list of forthcoming events showing bullet points for distance, time and difficulty, with advice, tips and a full rundown of what to expect. The profiles of the team and regular walkers adds a personal touch.