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New academic staff profiles are here

Posted on: 11 October 2012
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Filed under: Content, Design, Uncategorized

After months of hard work, and an unexpected redesign project midway through the task, the new staff profiles will be rolled out throughout the website next week.

My last blog post announcing new profiles for 2012 has since been superseded and therefore needs updating.

The redesign project that’s been in process for the last six months has had knock on affects that have benefitted the staff profile project.

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It’s all in the design

Posted on: 16 January 2012
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Filed under: Communication, Design, Identity, Redesign, Responsive design

Since being at the helm of the University’s website,  we’ve done a lot of tweaking of the existing design.

We’re now at the point where we need to make some real change to how we communicate with our target audiences visually. It’s an obvious conclusion to make but hard to implement without certain building blocks.

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New information architecture for research

Posted on: 20 December 2011
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Filed under: Design, Programming & Development, Redesign, Research

Most schools manage their research offering differently, which is why we’ve taken a broad view that should appease everyone. Following the website restructure and launch on 31 October, the research centres can now be found in one area.

This is the first step in producing a unique website for every research centre/group. But we must have a uniform approach to how they are structured in the website.

Apart from the differences in terminology between Area/Discipline/Group/Cluster, Centre and Institute, the research that occurs in the University occurs at the ‘Centre’ level.

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Adobe’s new Muse Edges in on Flash

Posted on: 16 August 2011
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Filed under: Android, Design, Development

The biggest story of last year was the Apple vs Adobe clash concerning Apple’s refusal to support Flash in iOS and therefore the iPad. Adobe responded with a satirical advertising campaign called We [heart] Apple but since then the arguments have died down.

As we all move towards mobile devices including tablets, the need for Flash is beginning to wane. Why should we create Flash websites if we must also create an html version? In addition, why should we create Flash elements for websites if we need to create a static substitute? The introduction of HTML5 and CSS3 with the inclusion of jQuery has also contributed to the demise of Flash.

Arne Bech produced some Flash vs HTML5 advert examples to see if the user could tell the difference between them. View the advert examples here and see if you can.

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