Digital pattern library – long-form

We have now updated the ‘long-form’ components of our digital pattern library (DPL). The seven long-form components are used to create longer feature articles such as the “Light Box” story. Having the components clearly defined will make it much easier to …

Tuesday 21 February 2017 | Digital pattern library


Usability testing of the undergraduate pages: the results

Usability testing is a method used to evaluate a product as it is developed by testing it on others. It has been used by the digital communications team in the past to gain insightful data about user experience. With the imminent …

Thursday 16 February 2017 | Usability


T4 meet-up in Edinburgh

TerminalFour (T4), the company responsible for providing our content management system (also called T4), held a meet-up in Edinburgh on Thursday 24 November 2016. In previous years T4 held a two-day T44U conference in Dublin, Ireland. The new format was …

Tuesday 14 February 2017 | Articles and resources


Correct and incorrect use of the University of St Andrews logo

The strength of the University of St Andrews logo is dependent on its consistent application, which means that the correct logo graphic must always be used without any modifications or additions. As well as not modifying or adding to the …

Monday 13 February 2017 | Design


How to use Track Changes in Word

Track Changes is a tool in Microsoft Word which allows you to show any markups, changes or comments made to a document. In this post, I’ll teach you how to use Track Changes to edit Word documents, and how to …

Friday 10 February 2017 | Guides


Runners, repeaters and strangers on the internet

Over the last few years, the digital communications team has changed a lot – we are now committed to an Agile project management methodology, we retrospect regularly and plan comprehensively. Fundamentally, our thought process about the way we work has changed, …

Wednesday 8 February 2017 | Articles and resources


Digital pattern library – streamlining Bootstrap

The digital pattern library is built upon Bootstrap, an HTML, CSS and JavaScript framework that comes with a large number of components. While everything is possible, not everything is permissible which is why we have been focusing on creating patterns that …

Tuesday 7 February 2017 | Digital pattern library


New URL shortening service

Something we’ve talked about for years is creating our own URL shortening service. A couple of months ago Duncan and I sat down one Friday afternoon and created a very basic one using only household objects. What URL shortening is As the …

Monday 6 February 2017 | Articles and resources


Benchmarking the Study webpages

Over the next few weeks the new Subject and undergraduate course pages will go live and Course Search will be taken down. With such a drastic change about to occur on the University’s website it’s crucial that we monitor any impact …

Thursday 2 February 2017 | Study at St Andrews website


5 of the best international calling and texting apps

Ring, ring. Remember these things? You probably don’t since they were so last century. Smartphones have completely revolutionised the way we communicate with one another over the past decade, subsequently rendering cord-tethered landlines a thing of the past — for …

Tuesday 31 January 2017 | Articles and resources