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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. 

5 Ways to Boost Your Website's Accessibility

To truly meet and exceed web accessibility standards, it always helps to have your solutions designed and developed by experts in the field. That way, when you launch a new website, you know that your digital presence is built from the ground up to be easy-to-use for everyone.

However, accessibility goes well beyond your site launch! Keeping your website accessible means taking into account all the circumstances that can keep someone from getting information they need— including having a hard time viewing images or reading text. So, while many web accessibility standards are met in the initial design and development of your site, others are always in the hands of your content editors.

It’s important that your website is easy to update and that you and your staff have a set of accessibility guidelines you can follow for consistency. To help you create great content that all your users can appreciate, we've put together a checklist of 5 ways to improve accessibility for your site's content.

 

1. Are your text links descriptive?

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.

10 Ways a Dynamic Infographic Can Help You

Do you meet new clients at trade shows and events? Need to share technical details in an interesting way? If yes, this scenario will feel familiar.

Urban Solar’s team connects with hundreds of decision-makers at trade shows every year. It can be next to impossible to engage every potential buyer— especially with a crowded booth. To help solve this issue, they asked us for a tool to capture attention and give their team strong talking points.

The result: a custom-built dynamic infographic. It’s an eye-catching webpage their team can display to show the unique benefits of commercial solar lighting. Here are 10 ways a tool like this can help your organization:

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.  

Build a Website with Flexibility for the Future

In this ever-changing digital landscape, technology and trends seem to advance daily and websites need the ability to adapt. In order to stay relevant, and to have a site that visitors enjoy using, it is important to consider how your website will accommodate future growth. Can it expand with your organization? Can it integrate with new software? Can the design be refreshed at a later time for a more modern look?

These factors, along with many others, are important to consider when choosing a new platform for your site’s development. They are also one of the (countless) reasons we choose to develop our client websites on open-source platforms like Drupal and WordPress. The freedom, scalability, and flexibility of open-source content management systems (CMS) allow us to develop custom websites that our clients can rely upon for years to come. A perfect example of this is the Greater Victoria School District (GVSD).

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.

Custom Multi-Site Web Solution for Pembina Hills Public Schools

Recently, we partnered with Pembina Hills Public Schools in Central Alberta to redesign and develop their main division website, phpschools.ca, and their 13 individual school sites.

Along with creating a platform for parents, employees, and community members to easily access school information, we built an interactive tool to increase engagement and to help simplify internal operations for the Division as a whole. 

Utilizing a WordPress multi-site platform, we custom designed and developed a solution for the Division that houses each individual school site within the CMS. We also created a customizable website template, with a variety of colours, taglines, and fonts, for schools to showcase their personalities while maintaining cohesion across the division. 

Helping the City of Surrey Attract Investors with InvestSurrey.ca

In June 2017, we partnered with the City of Surrey to create an innovative, engaging online platform to attract and promote investment opportunities in the region.

After five months of both teams working diligently to produce a final product, we’re excited to announce the launch of InvestSurrey.ca.

This project was initiated by the City in hopes to strengthen Surrey’s brand as an investment-friendly destination.

Goals for this project were to:

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