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The Government of British Columbia has the ‘most beautiful intranet’ of 2011, as voted by a panel of IBF experts during the finale of this year’s IBF 24.

Our three judges, IBF managing director Helen Day, art critic Jane Singer and former BT intranet manager Mark Morrell, singled out the Canadian province’s site for its stunning use of colour and photography, which it combines with strong functional elements.


The intranet was one of 36 entries submitted to the IBF 24 website. These were voted on by 1,396 site visitors to produce 10 finalists which the IBF judges then whittled down to a shortlist of three.

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The two other shortlisted sites were:

  •  Thomson Reuters – commended by the panel for its clean design, its subtle but engaging use of images and brand identity, and how it conveys the company’s global reach.





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  • The European Space Agency – noted for its particularly good use of colour and typography, creating a calm look and feel while at the same time drawing attention to key content areas.






Now in its third year, DWG’s ‘My Beautiful Intranet’ competition showcases sites which emphasise the aesthetic, as well as practical, aspects of digital workplace technologies. Judges were struck by the increased visual appeal of this year’s entries, which suggests that users are now demanding more from their online as well as physical work environments.

Helen Day comments: “The competition is more than just a bit of fun. Some of the most effective intranets are those which combine visual and functional beauty in a way that’s a good fit for their organisation. The British Columbia site has been particularly successful in this regard, and our congratulations go out to Courtney Campbell and the BC team.”

The other finalists in this year’s competition were OpenText, Aggregate, Metlink, Nestle, Duke Energy, Oxfam and AMEC.

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