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The team at S8080 wish you all a very happy St David’s Day – Wales’ national day. Treat yourself to a bunch of daffodils for your desk and knock up a batch of Welsh Cakes.
The persistent winter rain seems to have stopped for the moment and the mornings and evenings are getting lighter. It looks like spring is finally with us. A wonderful time of year.
Our good friends at Wales.com asked us to help them celebrate St David’s Day by creating a little interactive and iPad friendly fun. Visit their interactive home and learn more about Wales.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve worked on several web design projects for CAMHS organisations (child and adolescent mental health services). CAMHS websites bring there own special set of challenges due to the young audience and the sensitive nature of the subject matter.
Our first was the Surrey CAMHS website, which was seen as groundbreaking and showed what could be done when a user centred design approach was adopted. We then designed and built two websites for Coventry and Warwickshire NHS – the Moodleton site for younger children and a mobile app based web development for young adults.
Just before Christmas, we started work on another CAMHS web development for a third NHS Partnership trust (more information soon), with a series of alignment meetings with the comms team and the practitioners.
These meetings help us shape the personas, information architecture and web site wireframes and are a valuable forum for brainstorming ideas for engaging the young audiences from the actual people who work with them to overcome their problems.
All of the web sites use a content management system (Drupal, Umbraco, WordPress, even SharePoint in Coventry and Warwickshire’s case) to enable the comms teams to update the website without having to ask a web design agency.
Having a CMS website also means the practitioners can offer up to date advice and information to parents, carers and professionals as well as the young people quickly and efficiently.
The use of open source CMS software means that available budget can be used to develop interactive elements and even mobile website design rather than hefty software license fees.
As you can imagine, each NHS Partnership Trust has very strict brand guidelines, but it’s often the case that their brand agency aren’t digital experts, so it falls to us to extend their brand identity to work well online and for the young target audiences.
During our stakeholder meetings and requirements gathering, we often hear “we don’t want it to look like an NHS website – it puts the young people off”. This is where creative design, carefully balanced with adherence to the brand guidelines comes into play. You can see above how the NHS brand is placed, but the focus is on the creative, characters and the sub brand.
Being referred to CAMHS is a difficult time for young people, their carers and families, and a little consideration of how they are actually feeling (and this is where the practitioner’s input into the web site design is so valuable) can help them understand why they feel the way they do, how they can be helped and who will help them.
If you would like to chat about how S8080 could help you design your CAMHS website, call 01792 485566 and ask for me, Chris Cowell, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a seriously good year. So many great projects and fantastic new teams to work with.
We’ve been busy, busy, busy designing and developing Open Source CMS’s with Drupal and WordPress being favourites alongside .NET development on Umbraco, and a very exciting project using the Enterprise CMS EpiServer… and of course all of the projects have been wrapped up in our in-demand web usability, consultancy and legendary design!
An agile, rapid web usability phase that ran in parallel with our designers who were developing a website re-brand, meant we were ready to start the custom bilingual Drupal website build in record time. Working with the fantastic Business Wales web team meant the long days (and nights), working to super tight deadlines, was truly appreciated!
Built and deployed to maximise the re-branding of Lee Valley and to promote the Olympic White Water Centre, VeloPark and the Hockey and Tennis Centre well in time for team GB to rack up 120 medals… so lots of custom .NET development, creative design, illustration and a website rebrand, UX and integration into 3rd party systems.
S8080’s creative team weave their magic into every single project that leaves our doors – beautifully designed email, banner and social marketing campaigns, web builds, interactive content, video and our own special pieces we do a few times a year. We love it…
2012 – Wow! We ran so many stakeholder workshops, generated hundreds of personas, ran card sorting sessions and in the process scribbled on a small forest’s worth of recyclable post it notes! Plenty of in-depth user testing, eye tracking and accessibility testing of our work along the way meant we delivered better informed and highly tuned websites to grateful audiences.
The .NET tech team worked hard in 2012, building on their skills to become qualified Enterprise CMS EPiServer developers – they enjoyed the challenge and are loving working on the new platform – more exciting things coming in the New Year!
Our online marketing and SEO consultants have been working on a number of SEO and content marketing projects, poring over raw data, generating detailed key phrase research, SEO and social media technical audits and ensuring that robust SEO and on page optimisation is fused into our whole UX, design and build process.
This work dovetails perfectly with our email marketing campaign and email newsletter work – list management, design, distribution and live tracking and analytics that keep marketing teams very happy indeed!
More and more of our sites are being optimised for mobile and tablet consumption with HTML5 replacing Flash development for interactive elements. We have some exciting web app developments that will be launched in 2013… watch this space.
Of course the on-going success of our web design of Number10.gov.uk on WordPress brings a smile to our face every time we get an email from the Prime Minister’s office!
So 2012 was S8080’s 13th year… huge demand has meant we’ve grown again. Three talented technical developers joined the team further growing our Drupal, bespoke PHP, Front end dev and heavy .NET development capacity.
So, a fantastic year and 2013 is loaded with more fun projects to keep the whole team entertained and smiling!
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…
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!
S8080 spent 10 years on the Central Office of Information (COI) digital roster designing and developing websites for some incredible clients – this helped us start long term relationships with clients including Ministry of Justice, Welsh Government, NHS, Cabinet Office, Department of Energy and Climate Change and No10 Downing Street..
COI maintained a number of rosters with some of the best commercial web design agencies in the UK. These rosters were created in accordance with UK government and European Union (EU) rules on procurement and accounting. The agencies went through the full, rigorous Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) tendering process, which can take many months. UK government departments that made use of COI for procurement were able to use the resulting pre-existing OJEU approved contracts, obviating the need for a new OJEU tender for each new project, thereby saving considerable time and cost.
This means is that most COI rostered web design agencies were seen to be a very safe and experienced pair of hands. During this time, we achieved ISO 9001, 18001 and 14001, IL2 pan-government security accreditation and Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) Security Clearance. We gained experience working across many government departments at all levels, delivering user experience and information architecture, website design and development and creative campaigns. Those 10 years helped shape S8080 into the website development agency it is today.
COI closed in March 2012 and will be missed by agencies and clients alike. We had the pleasure of working with some wonderful people and made some very good friends.
But there is a new way of doing things via the Government Procurement Service (GPS).
“Government Procurement Service is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office. Our overall priority is to provide procurement savings for the UK public sector as a whole and specifically to deliver centralised procurement for central government departments”.
S8080 have been Government Procurement Service approved supplier from the start, as the COI contracts were transferred to GPS, this is via the framework Number RM1707 which is divided into four lots:
Lot 1: Digital Strategy
Lot 2: Digital Design, Development and Delivery
Lot 3: Specialist Digital Media Solutions and Services
Lot 4: User Experience Evaluation and Analytics Services
GPS also administer the new Agile Route to Market (ARM) framework.
The Agile Route to Market provides public sector organisations with an easy route to market for sub OJEU / lower value projects (up to £100k). S8080 have also been chosen to be part of this framework for the following lots:
Lot 3.1: Web Strategy, Planning, Creative, Build and Implement
Lot 3.4: Email Strategy, Planning, Creative, Build and Implement
Lot 3.6: Visability & Eye Tracking
“This route provides easy access for suppliers, including small agencies and sole traders, reducing the cost and time burden on suppliers when competing for government business.”
Although it’s not a replacement for COI and isn’t trying to be, the Government Procurements Service and Agile Route to Market frameworks make public sector procurement easier when looking for a very good web design, digital marketing and web development company to work with.
Apple has launched this years ’12 Days of Christmas’ app, and it is now available to download for free from the iTunes app store, the app will let you download free content to your iOS device from the 26th of December.
Apple releases the 12 Days of Christmas app every year, and from the 26th of December there will be a free download each day, which will include music, games, TV shows and more.
Via Geeky Gadgets
Our very good friends, Technocamps and Software Alliance Wales are holding a FREE Christmas Lecture for the whole family…
From Silent Night to Slade…Christmas tunes transformed by technology
Tuesday 11th December 2012, 6.30 – 9.00pm
National Waterfront Museum, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD
Join Physics and Music guru Wendy Sadler, founding Director of science made simple – the award-winning social enterprise that offers science shows to schools and families across the UK and overseas to find out lots of unusual ideas on how you can make music at your Christmas party this year.
Before the age of digital recording, families used to sit round the fire and make their own music, but now we can use machines of all kinds to improve the process and help those of us with a less musical ear enjoy the auditory joys of Christmas music.
Join us on a tuneful tail of how technology has transformed the ways we make, record and modify sound. From the basics of how we generate sound with our voices to the way computers – and even phone apps – can help you sing in tune.
• 6.30pm Registration
• 7.00 – 8.00pm Wendy Sadler, Director of Science Made Simple
• 8.00 – 9.00pm Buffet
Booking you place
The event is free to attend, but you’ll need to book your place. Click here to book your places.
This annual Christmas lecture, held in association with ITWales’ major projects, Technocamps & Software Alliance Wales and BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, is FREE to attend and open to all ages, however advance booking is required, as numbers are strictly limited.
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