When it comes to making digital products and services accessible, alt text – short for alternative text , or images as words – is a fundamental requirement. It can be tricky to get alt text right and this was a priority for the new Web Publishing Platform.

On 4 April the Design System Product team ran its first collaborative, co-design event – a Designathon, bringing together 37 participants from across our University. The aim of the session was to: start thinking creatively about ways to address the design and technical challenges associated with representing multiple brands on our digital environments, whilst retaining […]

We have evolved our personas for future web services. We now focus on our users’ behaviours, not their roles.

We created behavioural personas to help us understand staff needs at the University of Edinburgh. We recently used these to help inform content decisions about the developing Design System.

We’ve blogged before about personalisation in MyEd: Personalisation in the portal Since then, we’ve been doing some work to understand what personalisation might look like, and to assess its effectiveness. Moray House pilot MyEd is a key tool for students, and many students use it daily. We’ve been running a pilot with colleagues in Moray […]

Our development team built an initial version of the editorial interface of the new Web Publishing Platform. I took the opportunity to gather some feedback from web publishers across the University and to revisit the results of our initial top tasks survey about priorities for the new platform.

Staff from universities across the UK have formed a new UX (user experience) group as part of UCISA – a member-led professional body for digital practitioners in education. Initially established in June 2021, the group became part of UCISA in September 2021.

On Monday 4 April, the Design System product team ran our very first Community Designathon (a collaborative, co-design workshop). This marked a very important milestone for the Design System product team, in terms of its development and the journey that it has been on. Working with our Design System community Since the Design System’s inception, […]

Once in a while it’s good to have an honest look at your content. Here are 5 content things you can do to get it into shape.

As a member of the Drupal Community, you would’ve been aware that the support for Drupal 7, now 10 years old, was coming to an end in November 2022. Understandably, this has caused a bit of concern across the Drupal community and in particular in the University of Edinburgh as there are still many sites […]


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