Refreshing new website design for a growing university.
Design / Digital
The University of Chichester have been working with us here at Strawberrysoup for almost ten years. Having originally designed and developed their Drupal based website, the time came to give it a full refresh and an updated look to help keep it current and engaging for their young target market.
Maintained user experience
From the outset, we needed to maintain the existing structure of the website to allow users to continue to be able to access the content they needed. Instead, we focused on streamlining the layouts, ensuring the type was clear and crisp and removing unnecessary elements that had been added in over the years.
The design of the previous site was outdated, and not the most intuitive for users to get around. The design process was a distillation of their existing brand identity and site, but we pushed it forward into the 21st Century.
White space was key to the design, allowing enough room for the content to breathe and stand out. New type styles were set, along with a completely new set of fonts, all of which were carefully crafted to work beautifully on mobile.
One key part of this was the colour scheme. Each of the 14 departments required an individual identity, so a harmonious, muted colour scheme was selected that worked alongside the tweaked aqua and grey palette.
Built with Drupal
The entire website has been built using Drupal 8, offering superior security and a truly robust platform for our client.
An advanced course search was included to allow prospective students to quickly and accurately find their ideal course.
As the entire site is built around templated pages, each template had to be redesigned. This involved taking a close look at the layout, functionality and flexibility that was included within each template. We also created entirely new templates for some pages, which included adjusted navigation, the removal of unnecessary functions and options and layouts that helped to convey the content to the user in a simpler way.