Whenever we think of coffee, Italy and Expresso spring to mind. However when arguably the leading supplier of Italian Coffee machines thinks about the web, what springs to mind? Err Drupal…
For over 40 years, La Spaziale has been a leading Italian espresso machine manufacturer, helping found UCIMAC, the Italian Coffee Machine Manufacturers Association, which promotes and develops Italian coffee machines across the world.
The founders of the La Spaziale company decided in 1969 to develop their own style of machine that, through their unique heat exchange system, would produce better espresso, was simple in idea, easy to use and uncomplicated for an engineer to work on.
Since then, La Spaziale have been manufacturing and supplying award-winning coffee machines around the World.
Fast forward to 2012 and their UK distributor, La Spaziale UK realised that a redesigned corporate website, focused on both consumers and resellers, could drive significant improvements for their business.
Following a review of the market and a competitive tendering process, Perceptant101 was selected to design and develop the new site.
The brief was simply to design a unique site that showcased their range of products in an elegant yet sophisticated way (how very Italian!). La Spaziale did not want to use an existing template or take cues from other sites, this one was to be ‘unique’.
Therefore, the wire-framing and mock-up phases were fairly labour intensive and took over 6 weeks to finish. On the face of it, they highlighted a distinctive design, bespoke navigation and never used before carousel product scrolling.
As with so many mock-ups though, transforming them in to a fully working, ‘pixel perfect’ website, really does cut the wheat from the chaff.
Using the Drupal Content Management System, HTML5 and CSS3, not only did the mock-ups come alive but the finished site perfectly represents them, in all their former glory.
La Spaziale UK are delighted with the results and intend to showcase the Drupal site on their stand at the UK’s leading cafe bar trading event, Caffe Culture on 15-16 May @ Olympia London.
Drupal is a free software package that allows you to easily organise, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customisation.
Drupal is open source software maintained and developed by a community of 630,000+ users and developers. It’s distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or “GPL”), which means anyone is free to download it and share it with others. This open development model means that people are constantly working to make sure Drupal is a cutting-edge platform that supports the latest technologies that the Web has to offer. The Drupal project’s principles encourage modularity, standards, collaboration, ease-of-use, and more.