Friday, June 11, 2010

Dartington Website redesign

Dartington is a complex organisation with three major strands of charitable activity - Arts, Social Justice and Sustainability. To help support these activities Dartington has long had a number of commercial operations - a restaurant, cinema, conference centre, bedrooms and a shopping complex. Trying to impart the full richness of the place on its website has always been a major challenge.

My approach the web redesign was to get buy in from the senior management team on what the style and content of the website should be. There was general agreement that the site must convey the creative spirit of the place, clearly indicate the main areas of activity and offer easy access to the rich diversity of the activities offered.

Here's the result of my design input combined with the hard work of Dartington's in house web team.

Like all designs it could be improved but there was agreement that the new site was a huge improvement. The live site is here and here are a couple of screen grabs.

Dartington home

DArtington arts

Sunday, April 18, 2010

2D Design: Dartington Magazine & Impact Review

Devon based charity Dartington have just re-launched their in-house magazine. I worked on this project with ace Totnes designers biz-R. We set out to create a design that would reflect the creative spirit of Dartington and strong content that would give insights into what goes on there.

As an historic centre of moderism, Dartington has a long tradition of hand crafts and I was keen that the magazine should reflect this. I came up with the idea making work from a different local artists a major feature of each edition. The first edition features Alice Leach, whose work does much to make the magazine visually striking.

Here are some spreads, starting with the cover.

screen cover grab

scene MM spread

scene cw moth

My first project for Dartington was to be creative director for the 2009 Impact Review.

I wanted to come up with something very simple, very clear and which was intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging.

The Review rolled off the presses in October. Here's a shot from the Kingfisher print shop where we did a final check on the colours and a couple of page grabs.

Dartington impact review proof

Dartington cover grab

Dartington arts page

We wanted most people to read the review online - to reduce the environmental impact. Most pdf are horrid to read so we spent some time creating an interactive pdf version which I think is pretty successful.