Film, theatre and television wanted us to help rework their undergraduate pages. The aim was to make the site appeal more to their prospective students, who are typically very visually oriented, and to show off their state-of-the-art facilities. Part of their request was for an image slideshow – functionality that didn’t yet exist within the CMS (see the post on image gallery slideshows in the CMS for more on the development of this tag). Continue reading
We were approached by Campus Services to update their web presence as part of a wider project to rework FMD’s online content. Our team worked with Campus Services to develop a suite of sites with a structure based on user needs, rather than organisational hierarchy. This included conducting user testing to identify the needs of University staff, as well as working with Campus Services staff to write content appropriate for the web, based on their internal documentation. Continue reading
As part of the University’s restructuring project, several departments within a faculty were merged. These mergers had to be reflected on the web, which sparked a project to combine several of the sites. This process didn’t always run smoothly, so we have these issues back into the way we work to ensure that future projects face fewer problems. Continue reading
Over the last 12 months, the Digital Development team’s chargeable service has grown and matured. This has meant that we have had the opportunity to do some hands-on work building of pages and sites, as well as developing functionality, in addition to our core service. As a result, the size and role of our team has changed.
At the same time, there has been a real surge in interest across the University in using a wide range of digital media to communicate with the diverse audiences that the University has. As such, we’ve covered a lot of new ground, as well as finding new ways to do things, so there have been a number of lessons learnt that we can build on to improve our service in 2012. In the next few posts I’ll cover some of the projects that have been completed in the last year and go into some details about what we have taken away from each. Hopefully these will be of some use to others embarking on web projects and will provide some insight into what we do and how we hope to improve our processes over the next year. Continue reading