Design sprints

To help improve the development of the University website, we have begun implementing the methodologies of ‘design sprints’ into our process. Our friends over at the University of Dundee were so kind to include some members of the digital communications …

Monday 16 July 2018 | Articles and resources


Colour palette of University of St Andrews

All colour is emotive, and the University of St Andrews colour palette has been designed to reflect the values, energy and vitality of our institution. Colour is a key part of our visual identity and care should be taken when …

Friday 16 March 2018 | Design


Visual identity of University of St Andrews

As our communications continue to grow in both pace and complexity, we need to ensure that our corporate identity is presented in a clear, controlled and consistent manner. The University of St Andrews is a global institution and our visual …

Thursday 22 February 2018 | Design


360 degree photospheres

We have recently launched refreshed webpages regarding accommodation at the University. An important element we really wanted to communicate with people looking to stay in St Andrews was what the University’s accommodation actually looks like. It would have been a …

Tuesday 16 January 2018 | Design


Is parallax scrolling bad for your website?

You may be very familiar with the term “parallax scrolling” or you might just be hearing it for the first time, regardless, if you’ve browsed the web in the past four years you’ve certainly encountered it at some point. Parallax …

Monday 10 July 2017 | Design


Where and when should you use a hero banner?

Hero banners are great. They are perfect for conveying the mission statement of your website through strong visuals and a large tagline. They’re almost like billboards in the digital era, but they are one step better as they also have …

Wednesday 14 June 2017 | Design


It’s time to make your site retina ready

Some members of the digital communications team have updated their hardware. Right now, I’m rocking around the internet using a 2K “built-in retina display” monitor and the best comparison I can make to how it feels is when you put …

Tuesday 16 May 2017 | Design


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


Implementing UniStats’s KIS widget into our design

What is the KIS widget? Unistats is the official site to search for, and compare, data and information about university and college courses from across the UK. Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of data about full or part …

Monday 21 November 2016 | Design


Should links open in new tabs?

No they shouldn’t. Here’s why.

Friday 9 September 2016 | Design