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Web team strategy day

Yesterday the extended Web team—that is the Web team, a couple of Web application software developers and someone from the IT Services systems team—met for four-and-a-half hours in the Hebdomadar’s Room with our boss…

Developing a new theme for Moodle 2.0

At the start of the current academic session (2010-2011) the University introduced Moodle as its preferred learning management system (LMS), also called a ‘virtual learning environment’ (VLE) and began the move away…

Departmental restructure in progress

A lot of my job involves looking at websites and making suggestions on how better to structure them. There is a bigger restructure project happening at the moment, though, which has an impact on the Web team. The…

When wireframes attack

Look what has happened on the whiteboard at Web team HQ! It started as an innocent enough looking wireframe showing a tabbed main content area and then … well, it turned into a monster. Ain’t that true of a number of…

Hardboiled Web Design

This time next month my colleague Chris and I will be sitting in the Surgeons’ Hall on Nicholson Street in Edinburgh at Andy Clarke’s Hardboiled Web Design workshop. I’ve just started reading his latest book, of the…

The University homepage, Placekitten style

Last week I wrote about Placekitten, a service that automatically generates pictures of kittens as placeholder images in web designs. I decided to put the service through its paces by testing it on the University…

Fabulous icon set for library projects

A couple of years ago I was asked to be involved in a project to redesign SAULCAT: the St Andrews University Library Catalogue, which uses the WebPAC Pro online catalogue service of Millennium from Innovative…

Photo of the week archive

The idea for the Photo of the week feature on the University homepage came about in a brainstorming meeting we had back in 2006 with Mac McBurney who was working with the information architecture consultancy company…