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

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.

Apr 24 2013

EpiServer custom web design and development for CITB

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We have just launched two more EpiServer CMS web sites. The EpiServer development was for CITB, following on the successes of the recent launch of www.citb.co.uk. Our team of .NET developers are really enjoying the quick build time, customisation and flexibility of the CMS platform and it’s robust nature.

  • Web design – Creative & look and feel
  • Web template development
  • EpiServer CMS
  • Technical services, hosting & support
  • Web usability & consultancy
  • User centred design, personas and UX design
  • User testing, card sorting & eye tracking
  • Training workshops
  • Website accessibility and accessibility testing
  • Creative strategy & online style guides
  • Creative concepts, designs & online campaigns
  • Email &email newsletter design and broadcast

Live sites:
www.citb.co.uk/jobs/
www.citb.co.uk/thebirches

If you would like to chat about how S8080 could help develop your web site on EpiServer CMS, please 01792 485566 and ask for Chris Cowell, or email info@s8080.com.

Apr 16 2013

Drupal CMS development for Enterprise Zones Wales

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We have made the Enterprise Zones Wales site live, it’s been a great project working with the team in Welsh Government over the past few months. The project was a rapid turnaround Drupal CMS deployment focusing on the key 7 enterprise locations in Wales.

  • Drupal CMS
  • Web usability & consultancy
  • Information architecture
  • Wire frame design and prototyping
  • Web template development
  • Website accessibility and accessibility testing
  • SEO services & online marketing

Live site: enterprisezones.wales.gov.uk

Apr 15 2013

Email design and broadcast for Fishing Wales and a new e-zine too

Email design and broadcast for Fishing Wales and a new e-zine too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have just hit send to another big email broadcast to over sixty thousand (yes 60,000)  anglers throughout the UK for Fishing Wales and the Environment Agency. The email was a quick visual email to announce the new season announce the new another issue to the ever successful to the e-zine we design and built. The online analytics showed yet again a huge hit. Here’s a link to the latest e-zine: www.wildfishingwales.com/

  • Email & email newsletter design and broadcast
  • Digital marketing &SEO
  • Web analytics, audits and customer insight
  • Digital illustration
  • Strategy
  • Viral
Mar 21 2013

Business Wales – Welsh Government Drupal web development

Business Wales

  • Designs
  • Website design
  • Website build
  • Templates for your CMS
  • Drupal content management system
  • Drupal custom web development
  • Information architecture
  • Analytics
  • User needs & persona development
  • Wire frame development
  • Usability
  • Accessibility

Live site: business.wales.gov.uk

Mar 19 2013

Royal College of Anaesthetists – Drupal web site design

Royal College of Anaesthetists

  • Designs
  • Website design
  • Website build
  • Templates for your CMS
  • Drupal content management system
  • Drupal custom web development
  • Analytics
  • Information architecture
  • Wire frame development
  • Usability
  • Accessibility

Live site: www.rcoa.ac.uk

Mar 17 2013

Welsh Universities Technocamps – Drupal web site design

Technocamps

  • Designs
  • Website design
  • Website build
  • Templates for your CMS
  • Drupal content management system
  • Drupal custom web development
  • Analytics
  • Information architecture
  • Wire frame development
  • Usability
  • Accessibility

Live site: www.technocamps.com

Mar 8 2013

CITB – Web development

CITB

  • 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 22 2013

Web design for CAMHS

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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.

Content management systems

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.

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Branding

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.

Coming to CAMHS

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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 info@s8080.com.

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.
Dec 17 2012

S8080 and the Government Procurement Service – supplier for web design, web development and consultancy

S8080 and public sector clients

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..

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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.

 

Government Procurement Service – web design and web development supplier

 

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”.

Business as usual – Framework Number RM1707

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

Agile Route to Market

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.”

Easier for our clients

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.

Take a look at some of the public sector (and private sector) clients we have worked with over the years.

Oct 1 2012

No 10 – The official site of the British Prime Minister’s Office

No 10 - The official site of the British Prime Minister's Office

  • Digital Illustration
  • Designs
  • Website design
  • Templates for your CMS
  • User centred design
  • Information architecture
  • Research
Live site: www.number10.gov.uk
Sep 29 2012

The National Assembly for Wales

The National Assembly for Wales

  • Website design
  • Website build
  • Templates for your CMS
  • User centred design
  • Information architecture
  • Usability
  • Accessibility
  • Research
Sep 28 2012

Welsh Government – Wales.com

Welsh Government -  Wales.com

  • User centred design
  • Information architecture
  • Analytics
  • Accessibility
Live site: www.wales.com
Sep 27 2012

COI – Department of Energy and Climate Change

COI - Department of Energy and Climate Change

  • Designs
  • Website design
  • Website build
  • Templates for your CMS
  • S8080 CMS
  • E-mail
  • Information architecture
  • Analytics
  • Usability
  • Accessibility
  • Bespoke web application development

Live site: www.decc.gov.uk

Sep 25 2012

Lee Valley Regional Park

LVRP

  • Flash
  • Games
  • Digital illustration
  • Designs
  • Website design
  • Website build
  • S8080 CMS
  • Microsites
  • E-mail
  • SMO
  • Banners
  • User centred design
  • Information architecture
  • Analytics
  • Usability
  • Accessibility
  • Research
  • Bespoke web application development
  • Database integration

Live site: www.visitleevalley.org.uk