Using Twitter Moments for the first time

Putting together last week’s post on photographing and live tweeting, I used Twitter Moments for the first time. It’s been around since October 2015 in various guises, but I’ve never found a use for it. This time I used it…

Agile Content Conference

Dates for your diary – 2017 digital conferences for university web teams

Lots of us will be starting the new year identifying suitable conferences for professional development. I’ve pulled together this list of potential conferences for web professionals working in the university sector. It’s UK dominated with the odd event in nearby…

Filming at open day

23 open day videos playing simultaneously

We film our undergraduate open day subject talks and make them available online. We embed the talks in the relevant online prospectus pages and in email communications we send out to applicants. But we haven’t presented them together on one page…

Print outs on the wall

Bringing Google Analytics to life with a guillotine

We’re temporarily housed in a larger office than normal over the summer so I took the opportunity to use the bare white walls to map out some of our information architecture. On one wall we’ve got printouts of all the…

EU referendum

Brexit and temporary calls to action

I’ve been reviewing some work that we did to inform applicants about the EU referendum and it’s led to further thoughts about what metrics we use when thinking of calls to action (CTAs). Following the EU referendum decision we moved…

Portrait original

Content-aware scaling for mobile phone photos (and a bonus grammar tip)

I’ve been vaguely aware of content-aware scaling since it was rolled out by Photoshop a few years ago. But until this week I don’t think I’d ever used it. We’ve been stepping up efforts to get better documentation of research…

Coventry's clearing landing page

Homepages for 2015 Clearing

As in 2014, I’ve taken a snapshot of every UK university homepage on A-Level results day. It’s a good chance to compare approaches to a similar task.  You can see all the homepages here (to go further back, Mike Nolan recently tweeted…

University of Lincoln bookmark

Lincoln’s open days landing page excels

The (chance/targeted?) delivery of a University of Lincoln bookmark through my letterbox last week prompted a visit to their open days landing page – www.lincoln.ac.uk/opendays. I was immediately impressed with the page. I liked the use of video – subtle…

journal and phone

Digital sign up

Research found that almost 50% of respondents would be more likely to purchase products/services on their mobile if they could do so with just two clicks, rather than having to input card/address details – and this is particularly true of…

Detail from the snapshot of UK university homepages

New Year resolutions, REF winners and drone campus flyovers

Here’s another snapshot of all UK university homepages (or at least those that didn’t generate Firefox security warnings…). You can see them all in this Flickr album. I’ve used the GrabThemAll extension on Firefox to generate them this time (my…