The shape of things to come

Development of the portal continues apace. In the past few weeks, days and even hours we have made decisions and signed off on hosting, domain names, logos, page designs and templates and more.

A crucial aspect of this period has been pinning down the finer details. From the start we’ve been bubbling with ideas – but now that technical development is firmly underway and we are receiving slices of fully functional content each fortnight, we have to make our choices.

We’ve settled on a number of different page templates that can accommodate the resource styles we want. In itself, that is one decision, but we have to dig deeper. Is our ‘listicle’ resource flat or does it accordion out when a user wants to find more? Will our audio resources appear with or without an accompanying image?

We were largely happy with the page designs and they were tweaked in some way every time we discussed them. But, when push comes to shove – is the strap-line text big enough and should it be centred or left aligned? Is the text legible when overlaid on the images?

These decisions, of course, are the building blocks of a polished and final product. Making them now will hopefully help us to meet our deadlines and ensure our requirements are crystal clear with the development team.

We still have much to build – but we feel like the foundations are very much there.

 

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About Alex Pryce

I manage Communications and Engagement for the digital outreach portal project. I am based in the Widening Access and Participation team at the University of Oxford.

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