South Derbyshire DC Intranet

South Derbyshire DC Intranet

We developed a revamped intranet for the whole Council. In addition to bringing a touch of style and flavour to the user experience, the emphasis of the project was the information architecture – how to get people to what they want most easily.

Tor Studio provided initial design work. The team at the Council did all the heavy lifting of sorting through the giant pile of old content! We used Joomla as a platform for the system and implemented customised widgets to provide great searching, filtering and content management.

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South Derbyshire DC Intranet
Career Mark

Career Mark

This is a fully responsive, vibrant, fast and targeted website that attracts new members and provides a comprehensive set of resources for existing award holders.

We brought the branding in line with its parent organisation, Futures, and at the same created a distinctive look that echoes the values of the award scheme the site is for.

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Career Mark
Advice Links East Staffordshire

Advice Links East Staffordshire

The ALES project provides a single point of contact for accessing advice and support from the Citizens Advice Bureau and its partner organisations in East Staffordshire.

Our website is a simple information source on the public side, but there is an area for partners to discuss Social Policy issues, conduct referrals, access resources and more. And it’s all wrapped up in a pretty, responsive shell!

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Advice Links East Staffordshire
Doing Good Leeds

Doing Good Leeds

Doing Good Leeds is the name given to a newly combined group of organisations, led by Voluntary Action Leeds, to deliver a consistent voice for the third sector and greatly clarify access to information and services.

Features include user-generated content (news, events, jobs etc) plus extensive partner organisation features including volunteer centre opportunities and service provider feedback.

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Doing Good Leeds
Futures

Futures is one of the leading employment and skills organisations in the East Midlands. It provides and brokers advice and guidance to young people, individuals and organisations. It arranges apprenticeships and runs the Career Mark quality award.

The new website is fresh and bright (much like the futures of its beneficiaries…), and beautifully responsive. It provides functionality for applying for apprenticeships online and integrates with a CRM system.

After launch, new applications have been of a higher quality, reducing admin time in chasing things up

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Futures
Innovage

This project leads on from our other work with Sheffield University, with a goal to share information about research across Europe into innovations in active and healthy ageing.

The website is crisp and clean, capturing the feel of both academic research and the people-centred subject matter.

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Innovage
Achieve

Achieve is a coaching “system” that combines an online learning platform with face-to-face and remote interactions between tutors and learners.

There are a million an one features within the Moodle platform, like individual learning logs, tutor feedback mechanisms and forums. The real challenge here was to provide great features whilst removing as many barriers as possible to allow those less familiar with IT to participate fully.

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Achieve
Peak Business 4 Community Action

Peak Business 4 Community Action

PB4CA is a “brokerage” platform that enables community groups to post requests for support to which business providers in the region can respond and offer help. The system analyses support requests and suggests potential business providers. 

The site includes mapping, discussion and communication, social media integration, and a secure members' area.

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Peak Business 4 Community Action
Modes

The new website for Modes Collections Management Software represented a huge step for this small company with a big reach. Their product is used by museums and large organisations nationwide, and the new site serves as a platform for sales and support for existing customers.

The administration area includes some custom built applications for managing licences, user accounts and invoicing. Members can access extensive support documentation and downloads as well as software upgrades and a support forum.

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Modes
Our Food Plan

Our Food Plan

“Our Food Plan” is a Big Lottery funded pilot programme that involves developing a toolkit for local authorities to help them build a Food Plan for their area with contributions from a range of stakeholders.

Our job was to disseminate the toolkit through a central website and to implement individual web sites for each LA, which can be created on-the-fly as new authorities come on board.

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Our Food Plan
MondoChallenge Foundation

MondoChallenge Foundation

The latest site for Mondo Foundation helps them develop their established brand and allows potential clients and funders to explore a wealth of information about their international development work without being overfaced.

We have introduced a few CSS3 goodies in a backwards-compatible way, and the CMS has been customised to allow non-web-savvy users to make easy content updates.

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MondoChallenge Foundation
EHMA Feasibility Study

EHMA Feasibility Study

Working with a site title that is 123 characters long was always going to be a challenge! However, we believe the design handles the in-depth content in a friendly and accessible way.

This is our first larger site that uses the new HTML5 elements. We created a document repository with tagging capabilities, and some nifty integration of external news feeds.

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EHMA Feasibility Study
Rural Action Derbyshire

Rural Action Derbyshire

Derbyshire Rural Community Council rebranded in 2010 to RAD (Rural Action Derbyshire). They needed a website that reflected their dynamic approach without losing the attachment to the warmth and rurality of the local area.

We created the new brand and the website. The site runs on MODx; offers text-only versions, print-only styles; private members areas; and some other nifty bits and bobs.

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Rural Action Derbyshire
ERA-AGE 2

The minimalist design of the ERA-AGE2 website reflects its academic research-led clarity and coherence. The database explorer provides an easy to browse and search interface to a complex list of research centres, projects and programmes across Europe.

A media repository, rss news feed, text-only version and some social integration complete this site that we're really proud of. 

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ERA-AGE 2
Community Directory Derbyshire

Community Directory Derbyshire

This is the public-facing side of the regional shared database project we have completed. The directory provides a searchable list all of the community-based organisations (e.g. charities, local and voluntary groups) across Derbyshire, and people can manage their own details online.

We introduced a clean and uncluttered feel to the site whilst still providing advanced functionality.

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Community Directory Derbyshire
FUTURAGE

The FUTURAGE project aims to develop a roadmap for ageing research in Europe. The project brings together scientists, stakeholders and the general public from many countries in order to share priorities and foster engagement. The website needed to be fresh, clear and cross-compatible for the target audiences.

The site runs on a heavily-customised version of the content management system MODx. The site conforms to WCAG-AA accessibility standards and offers text-only versions, print-only styles and live translation options.

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FUTURAGE
Coach House Studios

Coach House Studios

The Coach House is a great restoration project in the centre of Wirksworth. The space provides a home to many local groups and practitioners, from yogis to songwriters.

The website captures the cool, calm and collected feel of the building and the people that run and use it.

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Coach House Studios
Ashbrook Roofing

Ashbrook Roofing

With Tor Studio

It has been a pleasure to work with a client that is so involved and informed. Together we have created an ecommerce experience that can honestly say it is built for the customer.

A simple one-page checkout process, easy shopping basket management, quick reordering, printable product sheets and stock management are just a few of the features we have developed with the help of an Opencart platform.

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Ashbrook Roofing
New Dynamics of Ageing

New Dynamics of Ageing

This University of Sheffield-based research programme has two main audiences: researchers in the field of ageing, and older people themselves. The site had to communicate the findings of loads of research projects.

The design was quite a challenge given the different needs of the main target groups. We believe we have struck a balance between pushing the boundaries of what research sites look like, whilst maintaining clarity and ease of use.

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New Dynamics of Ageing
Derbyshire Dales District Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

With Tor Studio

The DDDC website needed a revamp. The design work was completed by Tor Studio and we delivered all the development work of this large-scale Joomla site.

The result is a modern site that provides easy access to services and information, but also adheres to strict accessibility guidelines and other local authority site requirements.

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Derbyshire Dales District Council
Ecommerce sites (various)

Ecommerce sites (various)

With Tor Studio

 

We often provide development support to Tor Studio, and in the past year this has included a handful of ecommerce sites. They are tricky beasts to get right, both technically and from a business development standpoint.

We have dabbled with Magento, but find Opencart a much more flexible solution that enables greater customisation.

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Ecommerce sites (various)
Village Aid

Village Aid

Village Aid is an international development charity working in West Africa. They really needed a website that reflected their work, but also increased their fundraising capacity. You can buy ethical gifts and gift certificates on the site, as well as finding out how to get involved with forthcoming events.

The site has full content management functionality so they can update pages themselves without having to shell out on a web designer's time!

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Village Aid
20|20 House

20|20 House

Recent legislation requires all new developments like 2020 House in Leeds to produce a Residential Green Travel Plan, which aims to promote and encourage the use of sustainable or environmentally-sensitive transport, for example car sharing/pools, pedestrian and cycle routes and bus usage.

This website makes the information easily available to residents, and also provides a central point for further information about the development.

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20|20 House
Jane Ford

Jane offers singing tuition in the North East of England. She also performs regularly in a group singing classical and renaissance pieces.

This is one of our earlier sites, but we include it here as it shows a distinctive representation of her love of all things mediaeval. It runs on the platform of Boulder Content - a light-touch content management system.

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Jane Ford
Doppio Tempo

Doppio Tempo

Euan Moseley creates exciting new compositions for piano and other instruments. The site is based on the concept of the emergence of melody and rhythm from the written music. The use of line against simple background colours distinguishes each composition.

The site is multi-lingual, with translations in French, Russian and Chinese. It also offers audio samples and you can purchase musical scores and CDs online.

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Doppio Tempo