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.

Homepage survey findings

In order to inform the refreshed design of the University of St Andrews homepage, the digital communications team wanted to establish what the top tasks were for all users of the current University homepage. The survey was also an opportunity for the team to gauge contextual information about how internal audiences currently use the University website.
Continue reading “Homepage survey findings”

Calling all web developers!

The digital communications team are seeking an experienced Web Developer to maintain and support web services notably where changes need to be made to coding and other infrastructure elements.

Already convinced? Apply for this position online today! Closing date is Monday 30 July 2018.
Continue reading “Calling all web developers!”

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 team in their very own design sprints. We have found them to be very beneficial in achieving quick, successful results. Jumping right into it, first question’s first…

What is a design sprint?

A design sprint is a framework for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing. The design sprint process allows the users and stakeholders of a product/project to fully understand any problems, and then collaboratively generate design ideas to a possible solution.
Continue reading “Design sprints”

Digital pattern library – version 1.12.0

We have launched version 1.12.0 of the digital pattern library. This release of the DPL features changes and new options for patterns that will be used on the redesigned research and news sections of the University website. We have also updated the documentation for a number of other patterns.
Continue reading “Digital pattern library – version 1.12.0”

Digital pattern library – version 1.11.0

We have launched version 1.11.0 of the digital pattern library. This release of the DPL features new patterns and changes that will be used on the redesigned research section of the University website. We have also updated the documentation for a number of other patterns.
Continue reading “Digital pattern library – version 1.11.0”

How we worked remotely as a team during a snow storm

At the start of March 2018 the UK was hit by a snow storm known as “The Beast from the East”. The Met Office issued multiple red warnings for Scotland and as a result the University of St Andrews, among many other institutions and businesses, urged their staff not to travel into work. This inevitably affected the productivity of many units throughout the University, but luckily in digital communications we had prepared for a scenario like this. Continue reading “How we worked remotely as a team during a snow storm”