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    New UCL Homepage

    By Neil Martin, on 5 October 2009

    UCL Homepage

    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 ServicesĀ  andĀ  makes uses of Silva to manage the content.

    We hope you like the new design and feedback is welcome either at web-support@ucl.ac.uk or s.guthrie@ucl.ac.uk

    Future of Web Design, London 2008

    By Nick Dawe, on 29 April 2008

    A number of us popped over to the Future of Web Design conference last week, hoping to get some refreshing new ideas for design and development in the various UCL websites. The conference raised some interesting approaches to design, although did heavily rely on analogy after analogy to explain fairly simple issues. On a more disturbing note, we didn’t even get any free coffee or pastries (the real reason for attending any conference).

    Hicksdesign website screenshot

    Having said all that, it was a joy to see a real emphasis on encouraging clear and beautiful design using web standards (rather than Flash, etc.), accompanied by helpful tips and examples on how to do this effectively. In particular, we’d really recommend taking a quick five minutes to look through Jon Hicks’ slides (they’ll hopefully make some sense to those who didn’t attend!).

    Also, take a look at some of the fascinating portfolios/sites mentioned on the day for an injection of enthusiasm for this kind of design. Sticking to web standards using CSS, these show real inventiveness while retaining optimum accessibility.