Creative Communications Agency Website

Research Media

Research Media was moving on from being a publishing business to a creative communications agency, and the website needed a complete refresh to reflect that change.

Fresh, bold branding was introduced that upheld a strong visual identity and a confident editorial style.

The website needed to be quite provocative; a video introduction to catch the users attention, large imagery to show off the agency's design ability, with well balanced text to deliver the story telling narrative of the case studies.

The website was built on WordPress, with a completely bespoke theme. For easier and quicker development the local development site runs gulp with a set of tasks and preprocessors to compile the SCSS and JS files. All the code is then recorded in a GIT repository.

The website has a form component that gives access to downloadable content (with fields that are validated browser side and sanitized server side), with a Cookie being set for an easier user experience next time they download content. The site gets an A(93%) when ran through PageSpeed from caching, only using essential minified scripts, and getting rid of WordPress bloat - among other things. The homepage has a default CSS animation, with the video only being loaded if desktop is detected.

The website proved to be a huge success, and is often the playground for new ideas for the Research Media digital brand (its even got a game on the 404 page).

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