New global contact page

On Tuesday 31 July 2018, the digital communications team launched a new general contact page in our updated style to assure future accessibility for users. This post looks at some of the changes we’ve made.

Tuesday 31 July 2018 | External website redevelopments


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


The new research pages are live

On Thursday 7 June 2018, the digital communications team launched new research webpages to showcase the University’s world-class research outputs, research impact, and the excellent research environment at St Andrews. This post looks at some of the changes we’ve made to the …

Friday 8 June 2018 | External website redevelopments


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


View the new accommodation pages

As part of the external website programme, just before Christmas digicomms updated a large part of the Study at St Andrews section of the website. This involved restructuring information for prospective students. A significant portion of the team’s time was …

Thursday 18 January 2018 | Study at St Andrews website


Standardising the use of Google Maps

Look through the University’s website and you’ll find that there’s a wide variety of map styles being used. With things like map size, marker colour, how marker information is displayed (information window) and many other features varying throughout the site. …

Friday 12 August 2016 | Design


Canva: the design tool for non-designers

Canva is an online graphic design tool that allows users to create their own designs for a variety of purposes, including: social media posts (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tumblr) blog images PowerPoint presentations print material (such as invitations, …

Friday 29 July 2016 | Design


How new design has affected University news

In June 2016 we launched a new homepage that was more focused on external visitors. It introduced the idea of news and events being highlighted on a limited number of ’tiles’. The aim was to selectively promote specific news and …

Thursday 23 June 2016 | Design


Images: Quality over quantity

The modern web is built on strong visual imagery. Sites like Twitter, Netflix, and even LinkedIn, all utilise large images to add to their sites’ appeal, aesthetic, and brand identity. The University of St Andrews’ updated web design uses large …

Monday 9 May 2016 | Content


Flaws in UX design standards: Empty states

An empty state is something that is easily overlooked by inexperienced designers, however, they can be an important factor when it comes to an app’s overall user experience. Sometimes designers see error messages and empty states as blank canvases where …

Wednesday 27 January 2016 | Design