The European Centre for Environment & Human Health

The Centre

As the name suggests, The European Centre for Environment & Human Health conducts research into the links between the environment and human health. Alex Smalley, the Communications and Outreach Manager, asked us to look at a simple redesign of their site as part of a rebranding exercise. Although budgets were tight, we convinced Alex to broaden the project to incorporate the design work to make the site fully responsive and to allow us to complete some very simple user research to steer the redesign.

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Conference conversation

Research & Stakeholders

We worked with a range of stakeholders at The Centre to discuss their strategic aims for the site and to identify user groups.

We chose two specific groups of users — researchers and Cornish businesses — to complete some very simple user interviews.

These interviews helped to both reinforce and challenge assumptions made by ourselves and stakeholders at The Centre and to uncover new insights which we could feed into the design process.

User interviews helped to both reinforce and challenge assumptions made by ourselves and stakeholders at The Centre and to uncover new insights

Setting the foundations

It had been proposed to keep the same basic site structure so we didn’t rework the information architecture significantly. We did use findings from the user research to inform minor changes to the organisation and layout of some content on the site.

A fully responsive experience

The move to make the site responsive also prompted us to rework the user interface for some of the interactive areas of site, in particular the page where users can review research areas and skills, drilling down to see projects and researchers across these areas or skills.

The site was built with a mobile-first approach, and desktop designs re-ordered as require in live code, rather than re-working in a graphics package.

Going live

The new site was launched in September 2013 to widespread approval from the staff and researchers at The Centre. We’d achieved the original aim of rebranding and at the same time creating a beautiful, responsive, accessible, user-centred site.

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Take a look

Throw your preconceptions of web design and development out of the window; fffunction do it different and they do it better. fffunction didn’t just pay lip service to the user-centred approach, they lived and breathed it to ensure our site would allow users to quickly find what they want – and enjoy the journey.

Alex Smalley, Communications & Outreach Manager
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