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125 Hours Volunteered in Downtown Communities

 

Upanup's offices are located right in the core of Victoria and Calgary. We love working downtown and are proud to volunteer with two incredible organizations that support our communities. 

Our Place Society is a community centre a few blocks away from our Victoria office. They serve the city's most vulnerable people by providing housing, hot showers, free clothing, counselling, outreach, health and wellness services, and three meals a day (840,000 meals this year!).

 

Nicole and Danielle (L-R) behind the counter at Our Place, where 200 to 600 people come to eat lunch daily.

 

Festival Site Wins Gold in International Competition

 

The Small Halls Festival is an annual, award-winning event in Ontario that brings together locals and visitors for great music, good food, and a celebration of rural heritage. 

In the Township of Clearview, community halls have been the heartbeat of rural life for generations. The award-winning Small Halls Festival celebrates that history with music performances and farm-to-table dinners, as well as family activities like chicken races, hikes, improv shows and bowling nights.

This year marks the Festival's 15th anniversary. The Township wanted a new website to better reflect the fun, high-spirited atmosphere and to make it easier for staff to update event details on the fly.

Eavor Launches Unique Renewable Energy Solution

 

In Alberta, Eavor Technologies is leveraging drilling expertise from the oil & gas industry to pilot a first-of-its-kind renewable energy solution. 

Our Calgary team collaborated with Eavor to promote the launch of their new geothermal technology, the Eavor-LiteTM Demonstration Project, near Rocky Mountain House.

This exciting pilot project, soon to be complete, garnered significant private investment, $6.7 million in federal government support, and $2 million in grants from Alberta Innovates and Emissions Reduction Alberta.

 

Launch celebration for Eavor's pilot project near Rocky Mountain House.

 

Ontario Municipal Web Solution Wins Gold

Collingwood is a beautiful town north of Toronto, situated on the vast Georgian Bay. We partnered with the Town's team this year to design and develop a new municipal goverment website that better serves their residents, businesses, and visitors. 

Accessibility and user-friendly content were the priority for Collingwood. The Town's new website is citizen-centric and engaging, showcasing local events and making it easy for anyone to find information and services. The design incorporates best practices for web accessibility. It features navigation tools like quicklinks on the homepage and an I want to... menu that helps residents easily apply for everything from a dog tag to a marriage licence.

Creating a great user experience meant a major shift for the Town's complex and sometimes repetitive site map. Town staff were passionate and determined throughout the process of reconfiguring and distilling content. The result is an easy-to-use website, thoughtfully organized for their audiences. 

Gold Award Win for City of Grande Prairie Website

Grande Prairie is a growing city located a few hours' drive north-west of Edmonton, with a population around 70,000. We recently launched a brand-new website for the City, built with our Drupal solution for municipal government.

This was a fun project! We really enjoyed collaborating with the City's super-organized and knowledgeable team to deliver a beautiful, user-friendly website for their citizens. Before launch, we had the opportunity to meet more than 60 City staff for hands-on training so they can keep their site up-to-the-minute. Their new platform is built with scalability in mind, ready to accommodate the City as it grows. We're thrilled that the redesign is a huge success for Grande Prairie.

It's icing on the cake that their new website has been recognized internationally. We're proud to announce that the redesign won gold in the Hermes Creative Awards! This competition celebrates outstanding creative work and has grown to be one of the largest global competitions for digital marketing and communications.

Designing a Website to Attract International Students to Canada

From the beginning, Upanup’s purpose has been to make the world a better place by improving communication and interaction among individuals and organizations. That’s why our partnership with the Victoria International School Programs (VISP) – an organization that connects students from around the world through high-quality international education programs – was such a natural fit. 

Our team is excited to announce the recent launch of the Victoria International School Programs website, designed to be accessed in different languages around the world.  

Vernon Connect: The Power of a Customized Municipal App

Perhaps the greatest opportunity that arises from a municipal website redesign is the chance to re-engage with the public, delivering information that citizens need alongside news and alerts that can have an impact across the community. The City of Vernon’s website has helped to do just that, and with the launch of its Vernon Connect app in the App Store and Google Play this month, the City now has another tool to connect with citizens.

Vernon Connect arose from the City’s desire to implement push notifications for important events, emergencies, and other information of immediate value to the public. Having recently built the new City of Vernon site using a custom implementation of Drupal, Upanup proposed an application integrated with the Drupal API, which would streamline the publication of content and give the site’s owners complete control over which information appears on the app.

New Municipal Website for the Comox Valley Regional District

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new municipal website for the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), an engaging new tool for the District to communicate with its residents. 

The CVRD’s main goal for this municipal site was to create an intuitive and streamlined experience for users. In the past, users felt locating information on the site was time-consuming and the functionality was lacking compared to other municipal websites—causing many to leave immediately upon arrival. Because of this, the CVRD wanted to ensure their new site was effectively designed and developed to be accessible and easy to navigate while also extremely user-friendly for staff to update. 

In order to reach this goal, we kept the new site image-focused and applied a variety of UX design strategies to ensure users could efficiently access information through intuitive navigation features. 

Complete Rebrand for the North Coast Regional District

In Summer 2017, we partnered with the North Coast Regional District (NCRD) to develop a new corporate brand for the region.

The Regional District had recently gone through a name change, from Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District to North Coast Regional District, and a comprehensive rebranding project was initiated to support this change.

NCRD wanted to create a meaningful corporate brand to reflect the region while taking into account the unique geographical, cultural, and environmental characteristics of the area.

Goals of the new brand identity were to:

  • Strengthen brand recognition
  • Differentiate NCRD from surrounding areas
  • Create a consistent message
  • Promote a connection between residents and nature
  • Attract new business, tourists and residents

To help us reach these goals, we travelled to Prince Rupert and conducted in-depth discovery meetings and stakeholder engagement sessions to familiarize ourselves with the region.

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