An update on the 2018 digital prospectus

Last month the digital communications team were busy launching the new site structure, a big milestone in our external website project. Now that’s out of the way, we have more time to focus on our business as usual work, and …

Tuesday 25 July 2017 | External website redevelopments

Launching the new site structure

On Thursday 6 July, the digital communications team will be changing the structure of the University’s website. All academic information that currently resides under Study at St Andrews will be moved from there into the Subjects section. The digital communications team …

Thursday 29 June 2017 | External website redevelopments

Beginning to think about risk management in Agile projects

I've been thinking a lot about risk in Agile projects recently. It is something that I've known for a while we need to manage better. Here's some of what I've discovered so far.

Monday 27 June 2016 | Agile

Why we are outsourcing WordPress

One project that we are currently preparing (called DC1004 WordPress multisite) will involve outsourcing our WordPress multisite installation. This post explains why. At the University we use TerminalFour Site Manager and WordPress as our content management systems to publish content. Site …

Friday 29 April 2016 | DC1003 WordPress multisite

Sprint notes for DC1001 (sprints 13 to 15)

Something we want to get better at is improve how we communicate our progress on current projects. This will be the first of many such posts. We’re currently working on one very large project, DC1001 External website redevelopments which is …

Wednesday 9 March 2016 | External website redevelopments

Responsive design, launch and leave, and designing for drunk people

Responsive design won’t fix your content problem Responsive design won’t fix all the problems with device compatibility. Karen McGrane outlines why the increasing diversity of devices requires smarter thinking in terms of content. Changing the launch and leave culture The …

Wednesday 27 November 2013 | Resource archive

Why redesigns go down badly, and the importance of words

Designing embraceable change This article is rather old, but I only came across it this week and I quite enjoyed it. It explains why many website redesigns go down badly, even if they are an improvement over the old design. …

Wednesday 4 September 2013 | Resource archive

Taking inspiration from

I know there are more websites out there than, but I somehow feel the need to keep returning to it. It makes the news quite often for positive reasons, which is incredible for a government digital project. Fail fast, …

Friday 9 August 2013 | Resource archive

Redesign projects

The theme of this week’s links is redesign projects. Redesigns are painful. Users find it unsettling when a familiar website radically changes its design, even if the new design is a great improvement. But organisations insist on periodical redesigns. A …

Thursday 16 May 2013 | Projects