Dec 22 2016

Merry Christmas from Chris, Matt and the team at S8080!

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The team at S8080 would like to say a huge thank you to every one of you for your support in 2016.

This year the team have decided to throw down some festive shapes in our animated Christmas extravaganza. For those of you looking for dance inspiration, be sure to keep an eye out for Simon and his signature moves.

We hope you all enjoy your Christmas break, we’ll see you in the New Year.

Click here to watch the full video on YouTube

Dec 16 2016

GoConstruct.org wins Silver in this year’s Digital Experience Awards

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GoConstruct.org has won another award! The site has won a Silver award in this year’s Digital Experience Awards.

The site originally won the Masters of Marketing Award for user experience and design in October this year.

GoConstruct provides online interactive tools to help people find out more about a career in construction. We are very proud to be playing such a major part in the site’s continuing growth and success.

Oct 13 2016

S8080 now a Registered Umbraco Partner

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After working with the Umbraco CMS for many years, we are proud to announce that S8080 are now a Registered Umbraco partner. Being a registered Umbraco partner helps us keep to the forefront of the latest Umbraco developments.

Our experienced team of Umbraco developers have delivered many high profile and complex .NET based websites for public sector and private sector clients including the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), HM Cabinet Office, CITB Construction Skills and Ministry of Justice.

Umbraco is one of the most popular Web Content Management Systems on the Microsoft .NET platform. It’s open source, meaning you don’t need to pay licensing costs. It’s also a very powerful and yet easy to learn CMS that is highly extensible.

It’s great to be part of the Umbraco family and we look forward to working with Umbraco over the coming years.

 

Oct 13 2016

GoConstruct wins the Masters of Marketing User Experience and Design award

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We are very proud to announce that GoConstruct.org has won the 2016 Masters of Marketing User experience and design award. GoConstruct won the award after being shortlisted along with Guardian Travel and Gu puddings websites.

The site was launched to encourage people to consider a career in construction. We worked closely with CITB to create a site that would inform and entertain a diverse audience by utilising a range of interactive tools including a career profiling tool, a series of interactive construction sites and a personality quiz.

The site has had extensive usability testing to give the best possible user experience. The campaign has been a huge success with over 450,000 unique visitors. To check out the site for yourself click here.

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It’s been a privilege to work on the site and we are currently working with CITB on more major projects, watch this space!

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Aug 17 2016

Go Construct.org – An interactive tour of Infrastructure

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Hot on the heels of the interactive tour of Off-Site Manufacturing our creative and front end development teams produced another engaging visual interactive page to help attract, inform and retain a talented workforce for the Construction and Built Environment sector.

The interactive consists of a bespoke portal page and a series of phased construction scenarios designed to showcase specific job roles. The creative team developed an infrastructure scenario that covered the construction of a bridge that incorporates a high speed rail link, a motorway connecting town to city, water transportation and sustainable energy.

Our creatives and front end devs worked closely to ensure the interactive worked across a large range of devices from a desktop monitor to a smartphone. The result of this agile and collaborative working process meant that the product not only looked great but worked seamlessly across client specified devices featuring adaptive layouts and content solutions.

Take look and explore the infrastructure roles in construction

Aug 10 2016

Go Construct.org – An interactive tour of Off-Site Manufacturing

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Our creative and front end development teams have recently produced a whole host of highly visual interactive pages for the newly launched GoConstruct website, which has been specifically designed to attract, inform and retain a talented workforce in the construction and built environment sector. The interactives consist of a bespoke portal page and a series of phased construction scenarios that showcase specific job roles.

In one example, the off-site interactive section takes the user through the 5 stages of off-site manufacturing and the roles in construction involved in each stage. There are multiple ways to navigate the content; Scroll with the mouse wheel or use the pagination sidebar. Each of the 5 phases contain a collection of job specific characters with clickable hotspots that allow the user to explore a wealth of detail on each job role.

Our creative team worked closely with CITB careers advisors and construction industry experts through co-design to create an interactive piece that not only represented real world manufacturing processes but also delivered a cross-device experience allowing unparalleled mobile access for our audiences.

You can explore the ‘Off-Site Roles in Construction’ interactive at goconstruct.org – watch out for the rather cool animations!

Jul 13 2016

Homepage background video: Dezrez get the WOW factor.

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When the guys over at Dezrez asked our creative team to add the WOW factor to homepage of they’re now consumer facing website we know video would deliver a big impact.

Using background video on your website is a great way to convey your company’s brand to potential customers. Displaying footage of your team in a dynamic office environment or candid clips of customers using your product range is far more engaging than a static image or repetitive carousel.

The team combined fly-through footage of the London cityscape and a countryside vista along with futuristic, live action displays of the Rez software, edited in Adobe After Effects with the final video optimised to an amazingly low file size of 4MB allowing for autopay with minimal playback issues on desktop PCs and tablets with low bandwidths.

You can check out the video on the new website at dezrez.com.

May 24 2016

S8080 help Nottingham City Council with new Umbraco website

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When Nottingham City Council appointed us via G-Cloud, we were delighted to learn that they had chosen Umbraco, the open-source CMS, to develop their new online self-service platform.

As an agency, our public sector clients tend to request either Drupal or Umbraco. The Council had spent time during their discovery phase investigating the suitable platforms for a large, busy local government website and Umbraco matched their requirements exactly.

Channel shift is becoming increasingly important for local government as digital transformation strategies are being realised in order to improve customer access to council services. Umbraco (and Drupal) are both powerful and flexible enough for the most demanding council and open source means they don’t pay a single penny for the software. This frees up budgets for the important stuff: user experience (UX), engaging designing and robust, secure functionality.

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As well as the obvious cost benefits of digital self-service, modern local authority content management systems allow a mobile first approach. This means users can undertake online transactions like arranging waste collections or making planning applications using their phones or tablets as well as their laptops and computers, making life easier for users and the Council. From the outset, our brief was to create a “great looking”, user-friendly, customer centred experience that could stand up against the very best local government websites in the UK. Here’s how we designed and developed the Council website:

  • We co-designed a clear top-task focused homepage
  • We broke down the content into compartmentalised areas to simplify the information
  • The Council’s brand colours were used consistently for content hierarchy
  • We developed a user-friendly column based dropdown navigation
  • The site was designed to be extremely accessible and fast to use
  • The CMS platform was specifically designed to enable the Council to add their own micro-sites
  • The mobile first templates we developed and tested across multiple devices
  • Our Umbraco technical developers Implemented Nottingham City Council’s preferred search solution provided by Funnelback
  • We created a suite of content blocks in which to build the content pages
  • We made it super easy for the Council’s in-house team to further develop the site by componentising and templating the functionality so it can be updated separately
  • We set up the server architecture and deployed the website which  is hosted on Microsoft Azures’ scalable cloud hosting platform
  • We will be providing ongoing maintenance and support, but typically 3rd level technical Umbraco expertise, so the day to day support on the website will be handled by Nottingham City Councils IT team

To find out how your organisation can use an open-source content management system for customer centred digital transformation, take a look at Umbraco and Drupal – two extremely capable and extensible CMS’s.

 

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Feb 12 2015

How we do agile and lean development projects in our web agency

At S8080 we like to keep things lean and we like to get things done. How exactly do we like to get things done? By sticking to some key principals taken from Prince2 and Agile (why limit yourself to only one project management methodology!)

After the client alignment, UX and creative phase, we’ll have a big kick off session. This ensures that everyone on the team knows the end goal, how it can be achieved and their role in achieving that goal.

User stories and the agile wall

Once all is understood and all questions asked, the team will plan out the project by creating user stories, these are simply cards that contain a specific story, or goal. For example one story may be “As a student, I want to be able to view all books available”. Once all stories have been built up, the team as a whole will estimate how long each story will take to complete.

With all the stories created and work estimated, the team place the cards up onto the Agile wall. Think of the Agile wall as a huge ‘to-do’ list.

As the team work on a story they will pass through several stages from the ‘backlog’ to being ‘accepted / completed’. To ensure this process runs smoothly, the teams will have a quick 5-10 minute stand up in the morning, at these stand ups the team will work though any problems or ‘blockers’ that are stopping them from working.

Iterative approach and sprints

We keep our clients well informed by showcasing our work to date at the end of every iteration / sprint. This is a great opportunity to gather feedback early on in the development process, instead of the big reveal at the end. We couple these showcases with a weekly report, which contains contains a general status, dependencies, risks and any issues.

At the end of each sprint, we will perform a retrospective, this is the opportunity for the team as a whole to suggest how we can make improvements for the next iteration – and usually demolish a pack or two of Welsh cakes.

Because some customers require a fixed scope, time and budget we also provide a Gantt chart, this will contain a detailed list of the functional outputs along with any user testing, security testing, UAT and other dependencies. If there is any additional work to be added to the scope, this is simply dealt with via a change request.

Our key take away points are:

  • Encourage team communication through daily stand ups
  • Encourage team organisation through visible Agile boards
  • Encourage early feedback from the client by introducing end of iteration showcases
  • Encourage team performance with end of iteration retrospectives

Sometimes agencies can get too clogged up in ‘how to do Agile development’ to the letter instead of finding a method that works for them, after all, not all clients, teams and companies are the same.

Mar 8 2013

CITB – Web development

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  • Designs
  • Website design
  • Website development
  • Templates for your CMS
  • EpiServer content management system
  • EpiServer custom web development
  • Information architecture
  • Analytics
  • Focus groups, workshops
  • User needs & persona development
  • Wire frame development
  • Usability, usability testing
  • Accessibility

Live site: www.citb.co.uk

Jan 2 2013

Happy New Year

Welcome back to work. We hope today isn’t too demanding 🙂

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Dec 20 2012

Two minutes with the best website design team in the UK!

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As we are coming to the end of a wonderful year, we asked everyone in our team to have a little think about three things that they would like to share on the S8080 blog…

  • What ‘big thing’ would you like to do in 2013?
  • Your best thing from 2012?
  • Your fave site and why?

They didn’t have to be web design specific things as it’s always nice for our clients to get a little personal insight on the s8080 web developers they work with day to day, it makes a nice change to chatting about design, UX or technical stuff!

Anyway, we’ll start with me…

Chris

  • Take my family somewhere sunny – when we were cold, wet and knee deep in (festival) mud in mid-August, I promised them the Med’ in 2013!
  • Learning to play an instrument and performing in front of 100’s of dancing partygoers
  • YouTube. An amazing resource for learning anything and everything – branding specifics, content marketing, SEO or playing bass guitar!

Sali

  • To go on a week-long yoga retreat, preferably somewhere hot with a beach!
  • Taking my daughter surfing for the first time. Truthfully it was mainly jumping over waves but fun all the same!
  • Twitter, it feeds my nosiness quite well both personally and for work of course!

Rod

  • To finally finish doing up my house so that I can actually get out and explore Wales with the family
  • Made my first short film with my Canon 60d, a fast fifty lens and the support of my brother who produced the sound design and also starred in the feature
  • Flickr – Just love randomly searching the site and finding new and exciting examples of photographic art

Steve

  • Master my electric guitar. Three chords may cover most Status Quo songs but I need more than that to play some AC/DC!!
  • Swansea City staying in the Premier League despite all the pessimistic predictions by the pundits.  It was worth a few quid down the bookies to me!!
  • So many sites to choose from but one I visit a lot is uk.imdb.com because I love my old TV shows and a lot of the time I’ll see an actor on TV and think, “Where do I know them from?” and have to look them up!

Rob

  • Drive across Europe in an open top sports car to Le Man 24hr or Monaco F1 Grand prix.
  • Seeing my children grow and evolve into lovely, funny kids.
  • Not really a site, but DropBox.  It’s amazing.

Neil

  • Getting married in the arctic circle
  • Becoming a Dad! (plus joining S8080 😉 )
  • ISO50 – because its full of design eye-candy (well worth a read)

Pete

  • Go back to NZ & visit my root
  • We are a Grandfather
  • www.linn.co.uk \ www.linnrecords.co.uk. Some of the best hifi around, and brilliant music to play on it. Love the Dunedin Consort in particular.

Jon

  • I would like to finish renovating my house – it’s been on-going for a few years and there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel
  • Spending my 40th birthday on the beach in a warm sunny country (not UK!) and spending it with my wife
  • Stackoverflow.com is a bit nerdy to mention but it gives me answers to most of my technical development questions that I pose to Google

Paul

  • Hopefully a holiday abroad, haven’t been on one in a while as the kids have been too small to travel
  • Seeing all of the ‘first’s’ from my little boy and watching my little girl in her Christmas play singing her heart out
  • My inner geek says it has to be The Verge – It’s been a bumper year for Microsoft and it was the best place for all my Microsoft news

Si

  • Introduce my son to the wonders of the Alps to see his Uncle….. skiing OR boarding that’s the question. Although as he’s not yet 4, I imagine it’s more likely to be sledging OR snowballing!
  • The incredible summer of sport, wife agreeing to let me do an Ironman (training is the only thing that stands in my way), discovering real coffee and of course another good year at S8080
  • uncrate.com and gallivant.com – continues to supply me with lists of things I could never afford and places I’ll never get to go… we’ve all got to dream

Dyfed

  • Already booked tickets to see favourite band Green Day playing next year at Emirates, but I would also like to go to New York on a holiday
  • Going to see NFL game at Wembley on my birthday
  • Favourite site hard to choose so go with favourite App ‘Flipboard’ which pulls in all feeds from my favourite websites, and keeps me up to date with everything happening in technology, entertainment, social etc.

JSJ

  • I would love to watch Swansea City lift the league cup at Wembley (the first major trophy in our 100 year history) but apart from that, get more involved with responsive web development as we are now in the age of tablets and mobile
  • Seeing the massive response of entries into the National Assembly for Wales Photography competition and feeling quite chuffed, as it was our bi-lingual WordPress site!
  • You can’t go far wrong with the BBC website, but I’ve become rather fond of the Huffington Post website of late.

Dylan

  • Early in 2013 I will get the keys to my first house
  • My Sister’s wedding in Sorrento
  • BBC.co.uk: iPlayer, news and radio 4 podcasts, what more could you want?

James

  • Give blood for the first time, run a marathon, maybe even both! (not at the same time, that’s asking too much of 2013)
  • Getting to grips with (Drupal, Umbraco, EPiServer)…while planning and building a large decked area in the garden at home. (Went perfectly to plan, apart from the continual rain ever since….)
  • Wikipedia, it’s an amazing service; simple, effective and functional build – always there when you need information about literally everything and anything. No adverts, no hassle, no updates that could have ruined the experience. They’ve just completed their yearly fundraising to keep it that way, they need our help!

Matt

  • 2013 – more of the same please, 2012 has been a fantastic year both with the family and with the ever growing team at S8080.
  • 2012 – Seeing my daughter grow up fast and give us endless fun
  • It may have been hitting my 40’s in 2012 combined with my daughter growing fast (and loving all those iPad phonic and number apps), my nephew asking me about “how did you get into computers when you were in Junior school”, and working with the great team at Technocamps that I’ve become rather nostalgic about the days of the ZX81 & BBC.
    Through 2012 I’ve been inspired by Raspberry Pi and the theme of sites like Codecadamy.com which are enthusing and developing a new generation of young people to design and build the web rather than just consuming it… lets see more of that too in 2013.
Mar 18 2011

Design is how it works

Oct 21 2010

Quotes on Design

Take a look at the Quotes on Design site here.