Design

  • Design Sprint #7 review (Course comparison)

    Our seventh Design Sprint took place on 8th May 2018. The problem we came together to solve was: “As a potential student I would like to compare two or more courses”. Day 1, Morning : reviewing the problem together The first part of the Design Sprint saw Steve and Rob presenting some background information about […]

  • Design sprint #5 review – country pages

    Not sure what a Design Sprint is? These are fun, interactive problem-solving sessions with students, staff, and other key audience members. For more information, read Join a Design Sprint to shape future website experiences Our fifth Design Sprint took place on 10 April 2018. The problem we came together to solve was: ‘What information should […]

  • Design Sprint #4 review (School pages)

    Not sure what a Design Sprint is? These are fun, interactive problem-solving sessions with students, staff, and other key audience members. For more information, read Join a Design Sprint to shape future website experiences Our fourth Design Sprint took place on 27 March 2018. 14 people from across the University gathered together with Steve (Design […]

  • Design Sprint #3 review (course pages)

    Our third Design Sprint took place on 13 March 2018. 16 people from across External Relations, School of Medicine and Business Transformation gathered together with Steve (Design Manager) and myself (UX Manager) from the Web Services Team. 

  • Design sprint #2 review (subject pages)

    This week we ran our second design sprint, with the focus now on ‘subjects’. It was my first experience of a design sprint and it was fascinating to see how the day unfolded and the different ideas that staff and student participants brought to the session. Problem: ‘How do we better serve users who want […]

  • A review of our first Design Sprint (solving the staff profile problem)

    Not sure what a Design Sprint is? These are fun, interactive problem-solving sessions with students, staff, and other key audience members. For more information, read Join a Design Sprint to shape future website experiences Our first Design Sprint took place on 13th February. 12 people from around the University gathered together with Rob (UX Manager) […]

  • Join a Design Sprint to shape future website experiences

    As part of our continuing work on the new University website, we are undertaking a series of Design Sprints. These are fun, interactive sessions with students, staff, and other key audience members. Most organisations know what their biggest challenges are. Although, if you ask around, you may find that everyone has a slightly different interpretation […]

  • Accessibility in a design system

    This post continues our series about our new design system as part of the University of Dundee’s website relaunch. What does accessibility mean? Accessibility for digital products like websites, emails, and apps is measured in four different ways: Perceivable: Making text and media perceivable for everyone Operable: Helping users navigate content easily Understandable: Making and […]

  • The importance of colour

    In any area of design colour plays a huge role from print to digital media. Colour can help convey different emotions, capture target audiences and communicate action. In our design system, colour was one of the first areas we looked at for moving forward. This will ensure we have a good basis or building block […]

  • 99 problems but my grid ain’t one

    What is a grid system? a structure comprising a series of horizontal and vertical lines, used to arrange content Nearly all sites these days are designed upon a grid system for laying out elements on the page. It allows us as designers to provide a system that can work with a solid structure and present […]

  • Managing design at scale consistently – introducing our digital design system

    As you may have heard or read about, we are currently restructuring, rebuilding and redesigning the university website. As Design Manager within the Web Services team, this is one of the most significant projects of my time here so far. In fact, it will be one of the biggest challenges of my 14-year career. And […]

  • 10 Design principles to help us build a better website

    As part of the process of starting again and building a new and improved www.dundee.ac.uk, the design team here in Web Services are making big preparations to make sure we’re ready. Ready for what exactly? Ready to start again and rethink everything we have ever designed. Every button, every text style, every page layout. We’re […]