The Visual Framework 2.0: Web developer outreach at EMBL-EBI Day 2019

In the Digital Team we continue to make progress towards a beta release of the Visual Framework 2.0 for more flexible and scalable tools for life science websites.

While we’re developing a tool for those building new websites, those features are also designed in mind with an easy upgrade and backwards-compatible approach for the many users of the EMBL-EBI Visual Framework 1.x. Continue reading “The Visual Framework 2.0: Web developer outreach at EMBL-EBI Day 2019”

Faster scientific websites through reusability

Growing an EMBL-EBI solution into a Visual Framework for the life sciences

Building a website is easy. Building a good website is trickier. Building that good site quickly is hard. And if you want a beyond-hard challenge, also match your organisation’s look, feel and brand requirements. Continue reading “Faster scientific websites through reusability”

Unshackling content, and their authors

Knot what the user had in mind. Credit: Flickr user Rebecca Dongallo

A Content Hub for better content at EMBL

Even organisations of modest size have web presences where content is hard to reuse and compromised editorial experiences. Even a robust CMS and internal development team is not enough.

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Flexibility, discoverability: using metadata for better user journeys

How a controlled and structured vocabulary frees us from focusing where online content lives. Now we can focus on what it’s about.

One of the main goals of the EMBL Corporate Design Sprint 2 is to enable better user journeys on a future pan-EMBL web architecture. One key aspect is content structure and navigation. Continue reading “Flexibility, discoverability: using metadata for better user journeys”

The EMBL Triangle Key: From brand structure to information architecture

Last week I wrote about how the EMBL Corporate Design Sprint distilled a brand map into a brand structure. Today I’m writing the second installation with a post on how we’re using those core principles as the base for our brand information architecture (hereafter: IA) and a unique tool: the EMBL Triangle Key.

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Mapping brand structure to support communication

During EMBL’s 43 years it has grown in size, scope and geography. Today EMBL has six sites, many activity areas and focuses on five related but distinct missions.

There is a very strong unifying concept at the core of EMBL. However, during those years of growth a solid conceptual view of how websites, brochures and newsletter relate to each other has not yet been forged and adapted holistically.

Today, products vary in look, format and feel — some of that is for very practical reasons and some reasons are largely attributable to entropy.
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Name it for what it does

A lesson re-learned in naming GitHub repos 

As part of the Corporate Design sprint, we had need to set up a GitHub team and repositories to home and share work on the EMBL Design Language and Design Lab (more on what those are in a future post).

As an abstract task, it’s easy. Except what to name the team? What to name the repositories?

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