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Two websites for Central Manchester University Hospitals

Two websites for Central Manchester University Hospitals

We’ve just launched two new websites for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), one for fee-paying IVF services and the other to showcase their research and innovation departments. 

A new identity and website have been created to launch a fee-paying assisted conception service at Saint Mary’s Hospital. The website is aimed at patients for whom NHS funded IVF services are unavailable and provides an easy way for people to find information such as current pregnancy rates and treatment pathways. Our brand identity uses mathematically generated Fermat spirals – a pattern commonly found in plants and based on the golden section. The reference to science and nature is particularly apt given the highly technical yet life-giving work carried out at the hospital. 

We’ve also developed a website for CMFT’s Research and Innovation (R&I) Division, which aggregates content from six previous sites to provide accessible information about research across its eight hospitals and community services. The site provides unified search functionality and a consistent user experience while maintaining the individual identities of each research facility.

Our work with CMFT demonstrates two very different approaches to design. While the R&I brief required adherence to NHS guidelines, we could be more creative with Saint Mary’s as it had to compete with commercial IVF services and therefore look very different to a typical NHS site. The common thread is that both solutions are clean and contemporary with clear navigation. They have been optimised for a superior user experience as well as easy access across a range of devices.

We won the web design work through two separate pitches and competitive tenders at the end of 2014.

Forced Entertainment 20 years on

Forced Entertainment 20 years on

The year is 1994 and 'The Internet' is a world whispered about, populated with MUDs, newsgroups and chat rooms. There is a new kid on the block called the World Wide Web and some 2500 or so brave pioneers have taken the publishing plunge and launched their own websites.

In that year we were commissioned to design the publicity for 'Speak Bitterness', a new show by Forced Entertainment, one of the UK's most exciting experimental theatre companies. That was the start of a close relationship with the company that continued for the rest of that decade as we delivered design services that, in their own way, were as ground breaking as the company's theatre practice.

Now, 20 years and over a billion websites later, we're delighted to be working with Forced Entertainment once again. This time round we've re-designed their website; a responsive site, which changes colour palette and image library on every visit. You can view the fruits of our labour at www.forcedentertainment.com

Poppy app to commemorate World War 1

Poppy app to commemorate World War 1

Few people can have failed to realise that 2014 marks the centenary of the start of World War 1. As part of the commemorations we have been commissioned by Lets Go Global to create a responsive web app that showcases work produced by the Poppy project. Poppy is running in libraries across Greater Manchester throughout 2014. Artists and members of the community work together to create poems, illustrations, music, video and audio based artwork that reflects their contemporary and conceptual view of the Great War.

When a piece of content is uploaded through the content management system a red or white poppy is created in the app. A red poppy represents stories about war whilst white ones reflect more peaceful themes. Clicking on a poppy reveals the content and a number of share options – each time a poppy is shared on social networks it grows in size. The movement of the poppies across the screen is controlled by an algorithm which ensures that the motion is fluid and organic, much like poppies moving in the wind. Ease of use was central to the development of the app and the responsive design works across all digital devices without the need to download. The app is built using javascript and the HTML5 canvas element.

Karen Shannon, Director, Lets Go Global had this to say: "Corporation Pop has been a pleasure to work with. We came to them with a vision of a creative app that exhibits people's artwork, with poppies that flourish and grow as they're viewed. We're really excited by the finished app, and the website. They're a fantastic way to explore the Poppy project, and a beautiful tribute to the First World War."

Have a play with the Poppy app and share content with your friends.

Earlier this year we developed the Poppy website where you can find more information about the project.

Do Something Brilliant website

Do Something Brilliant website

Today sees the launch of 'Do Something Brilliant' – a national three year campaign, run by Community Channel and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The campaign champions communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and aims to inspire people to do something brilliant in their own lives that will make a big difference to themselves and the people around them.

We've been commissioned by Community Channel to develop the website, where a whole host of 'little brilliant things' are housed to celebrate what’s on offer locally and provide suggestions for people to get involved. Visitors to the site can upload their own ‘little brilliant thing’ and comment on those submitted by others. They can register their intention to do something similar or note that they’ve done the same thing. An ‘inspiration’ section gives tips and ideas on how to create your own ‘little brilliant thing’ whilst videos from Community Channel feature the best charity and community from around the UK. Content is categorised into one of the four campaign strands (‘active’, ‘creative’, ‘green’ or ‘together’) so that visitors can search for activities by both type and region. Corporation Pop have also built a social media scraper which searches Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for content tagged with the hashtag #somethingbrilliant and then pulls it in to the site where, after moderation, it appears in the appropriate ‘brilliant thing’ category.

Nicola Morris, Head of Online at Community Channel, had this to say, “Partnerships are at the heart of our Do Something Brilliant campaign and the generosity of Corporation Pop in both terms of time and resources has been imperative to ensuring this campaign a success. The interactive nature of the website is what’s core to creating conversations between charities, communities and individuals and it’s this factor which is integral to help to inspire others to do #somethingbrilliant”

We’re honoured to have been asked to work on this important national campaign and we’ll be keeping a close eye on the site as it grows over the next three years.

www.dosomethingbrilliant.co.uk

The Audience Agency website

The Audience Agency website

The Audience Agency is a new national not-for-profit consultancy working with cultural organisations to build audiences. It was formed from the merger of two regional agencies – All About Audiences and Audiences London Plus.

The agency required a new website which would clearly articulate the new organisation's positioning and reflect the shift from publicly funded body to a national consultancy offering a range of services to a broad group of stakeholders. The site would be a first point of contact, selling tool and quick snapshot of all that the agency offers to clients. The site also needed to encourage booking for events and services. 

We have built a fully responsive site which has a detailed national calendar of events that integrates with Eventbrite for ticket booking. An interactive map allows users to see agency representatives from their region.

Helen Palmer, Head of Marketing Strategy at The Audience Agency says, 'We selected Corporation Pop to develop our new website following a competitive tender process. It was very clear from the outset that they have a great understanding of the challenges of developing a user friendly business to business website that brings our very unique offer to life. Their creativity, ideas, project management and attention to detail made the process much easier than we were anticipating and we are delighted with the end result.'   
We're delighted with the end result too! Visit The Audience Agency website.

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