We were asked to create a custom WordPress theme for a website to accompany a big research project between six universities. The project “Media, Community and the Creative Citizen” explores through various sub projects how internet technologies can impact on local communities and their creative potential. Within the AHRC & EPSRC funded project there are three separate strands with their own teams, goals and research priorities.
The website needed to give separate identity to the three stands but unite them within a cohesive website. The blog on the site is an important area for collaborators and visitors, and contributed to by members across the three strands.
The website also needed to speak both to the researchers in the project, but also members of the public who might participate in the research. The website is also an important tool in disseminating the progress and findings of the project.
The resulting design uses colour to differentiate between the three strands. Each strand has it’s own homepage, which displays an introduction, a video and blog entries relating to that strand. A central blog pages shows all the contributions from across the project.
The website was designed to be vibrant and engaging, but at the same time clear and approachable. We created a responsive theme, that adjusts to the size of the screen and the device you are viewing the site on. (try resizing the window if you look at the site below):