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Web designer within the University of St Andrews digital communications team. A graduate of Abertay University (BA Hons Computer Arts, 2012), Lewis joined the digital communications team in 2013 during the re-design of the admissions website which lead to the new visual design for the University website. Lewis is a jack of all trades when it comes to design and media. You'll mainly find him burrowed in the depths of Photoshop meticulously crafting designs to pixel perfection.

How to make videos accessible with closed captions

Subtitles are transcripts of a video’s dialogue or audio contained in SubRip (SRT) files that are attached to videos. They provide context and clarity to video content.

21 June 2019Accessibility

What is a GIF file?

If you’ve scrolled through any social media feeds today, it’s likely you’ll have encountered a few GIF files (pronounced JIF…although personally I’m in the hard ‘G’ camp).

14 June 2019Technology

Student design sprint prototype

On behalf of the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) project Board, the digital communications team hosted a design sprint with students to help redesign certain elements of the student portal.

5 June 2019Design

Hero banner redesign

We have taken feedback into consideration and optimised the hero banner used for home pages. The current hero banner has been in effect since 2015 with minor adjustments to improve accessibility over time.

19 April 2019Design

What is a JPEG file?

If you’ve ever moved photographs from a digital camera to a computer before, you’ll have encountered the JPEG (pronounced jay-peg) file format. These files will end with .jpg or .jpeg. What is a JPEG? A JPEG is a standardised lossy compression mechanism for digital images. Digital cameras compress raw photographs as JPEG images to make…

8 April 2019Technology

Why we use YouTube instead of Vimeo

Based on advantages provided by YouTube, we have decided to no longer upload new video content to our Vimeo channel. All new content will be uploaded to the University of St Andrews YouTube channel.

4 March 2019Social Media

Improvements to accordions

Frequent users of the University website may have noticed a visual change to the accordion patterns. We have applied some much needed improvements to the accordion pattern in line with the design methodology of GOV.UK. Problems with the old accordions Use of colour The old accordions used our primary blue as an accent colour. This colour…

19 February 2019Digital pattern library

Choosing image backgrounds for hero banners

Selection criteria for images appropriate for hero banners can be quite complicated. There are plenty of stunning photographs that would work well to welcome positive first impressions of a website, but are they fit for purpose?

11 February 2019Design

New University library homepage

On Monday 13 January 2019, the digital communications team launched an improved University library homepage. This update was made in light of the feedback gathered by library staff in focus groups and from the design sprint we ran in October 2018. The updated homepage was made to improve the library’s digital experience. This post looks…

18 January 2019External website redevelopments

Winter Graduation 2018 live stream data

On Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2018, four graduation ceremonies were streamed live on the University website. These streams were accessible via YouTube and were embedded on one page of the University website. We also setup an alternative webpage embedding a stream feed with lower bandwidth primarily for users who have no access to…

8 January 2019Data