In October By The Scruff was approached by Mulberry School for Girls in the nearby area of Tower Hamlets to engage with the rebranding of the Extended Learning department. The existing identity was incoherent, dated and lacked consistency; the school wished to bring a number of extracurricular activities and events programmes under one department of extended learning.
Mulberry required a new design for the overall department of Extended Learning, in addition to this there needed to be a number of visual identities for each of the separate strands which included ‘Women’s Education’, ‘Global Education’ and ‘Pupil Voice’. The aim of the brief was to encourage participation in extended learning activities for 11 to 18 year olds and provide a positive impression to partner organisations, parents and the community.
Our designer Andy Pick went along to Mulberry School to talk to the students and to gain an insight into the target audience and to talk about the design process involved and initial ideas.
Following the discussion Andy drew up a number of ideas along the theme of extended learning and made a number of modifications based on feedback from the school.
The concept needed to be concise and clear, furthermore the visual identities needed to translate well across both digital and print media. The final solution was a unified strong visual identity for the department and all its strands.
Each ‘ident’ is unified by a circular clock face with a segment to represent each strand in the department. A stylised book is also used to unify each strand and represent the overall theme of learning. We felt it was important to be non-patronising with the approach to designs. Strong iconography and individual colours for each departmental strand would help convey each extended learning department.
Each visual identity is translated into a monochromatic, full-colour and single tone black and white for both print and digital.
Croner Solutions have recently introduced a more advanced keyword search results page on their website cronersolutions.co.uk
This customisation was bought about by the need to sort what results were specific to a product or a news
As Croner Solutions is all about providing a product or service to its customers, then it was important to make sure that the search results page clearly separates between the two. It was also important to be able to choose what the most relevant result should be and to force this result rather than rely on the WordPress search engine to choose a result based on keyword density.
Keyword phrases that are searched for are logged using the plug-in, Relevanssi. This enables Croner to see what searches have been made over a historical period. Using this data we are then able to tailor the search results by using the common phrases and keywords that people have used to search on the website. Relevanssi tells us whether any results were found for each phrase searched and we can then force a result for a keyword that might have otherwise displayed no results.
This is especially useful if a webmaster sees traffic and searches being generated due to a news article or current affairs issue relevant to their business. In the case of Croner there are ongoing topical issues surrounding employment law and issues or advice. They have found that customers will visit the Croner site to search for these issues and there are not always pages available. That’s when this kind of search result customisation are very useful and can help a business retain a customer and channel them towards a relevant department.
Here’s how it works
The new search results page provides the same results as the old one (search logic wise), however it also allows “promoted” results to be inserted before the “organic” results.
The search results page
We’re proud to have been chosen by Wild Bunch Media to be their digital partner for the launch of their new website Marathon Training with Project 26.2.
The site focus is on training runners of all abilities for running a marathon. The Project 26.2 project features 12 specially chosen runners (6 men, 6 women) and sees them through their training up their chosen race. The runners have their own blogs within the website and they are joined by a team of experts who will advise on all aspects of training.
This WordPress website is fully responsive for mobile and uses the latest features making updating the site quick and easy for the contributors and editors.
Take a look marathon-training.co.uk