By Neil Martin, on 5 October 2009
Today UCL launches its new homepage. The project to refresh the UCL homepage was driven by our Development & Corporate Communications Office and began with focus groups feeding back on the old homepage and what content they would like to see. A digital agency called Reading Room was then employed to come up with a design that better met the needs of UCL.
The resulting design is a segmented navigational approach to allow users to browse information about UCL, studying and working here and focus on research. There are a number of RSS feeds filtering on different news subjects and also panels that introduce in depth information about a particular subject. The homepage will also make much greater use of multimedia than ever before.
The layout is controlled by CSS and contains some JQuery to allow users to browse news feeds though an interactive carousel. The site has been tested for accessibility and HTML validation.
The design was implemented by Web Services and makes uses of Silva to manage the content.