Gravitywell has partnered on digital projects with the iconic At Bristol Science Centre since 2014.
The first major project was design and development of a new website. The initial phase focused on usability issues like design for mobile devices and the addition of a comprehensive new ticketing system. We also decided it was crucial to capture the sense of excitement and wonder that a visit to the centre itself creates.
The process was notable for close collaboration between the teams from At Bristol and Gravitywell - it produced excellent results despite the immense complexity of the project. During various intense workshops we broke down different user-stories and concentrated on delivering simple and intuitive journeys throughout the website.
One of the major problems with the previous site was 'Content Creep' - over time more and more pages were added to meet various emerging requirements. The quantity quickly became unmanageable. For the new website we developed a structure that would ensure this didn't happen in the future and the site will stay focused on the user's requirements.
See Matt’s articles on the design decisions for the ticketing page and designing the superb responsive date-picker used on the site.
The technical aspect was a challenge because we had to work within the constraints of the client’s existing systems and processes. We used open-source software as far as possible. It was also important to maintain a level of flexibility without complexity so that the At Bristol team could take over management of the site’s content very easily.
The launch was a success and we look forward to working with At Bristol on major updates in the new year.
Gravitywell was also asked to help build a photo library for the Science Centre. You can read about Matt’s photoshoot for At Bristol here.
We’re really pleased with the results and we’re looking forward to continuing to improve our online experience for our visitors and working collaboratively with the Gravitywell team again.
Christine Kavanagh, At-Bristol Design Manager