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Featured Projects

As we enter into a new decade with exciting forward-looking projects, we also are taking time to reflect on our work in 2019. We are proud to be able to take on projects that reflect our values, empower both site owners and end users, and bring a little more joy and sustainability into the world. These are the projects that we're looking back on as our greatest successes of 2019.

Natural Capital Project Site Redesign

The Natural Capital Project team was frustrated by how difficult it was to update their site any time they had new research or news... which they did often! While their existing site was beautiful, it was not usable.

We had worked with the team to support them on their existing site, so we understood their frustration. We did a full discovery process and recreated their content architecture as we moved them from Wordpress to Drupal. We wanted to keep their stunning visuals, while creating a more functional admin interface.

Student Affairs: Support and Refresh

Fibonacci Web Studio has worked with Student Affairs at Stanford over the course of many years and many projects. This department has around ~30 websites, most of which are student-facing. 

This past year, we supported those sites, while also bringing a refresh to some very important and highly visible projects. We worked with the Counseling and Psychological Services team to give them a design refresh alongside promoting their new intake model, which is critical to getting students the mental health support they need. We also worked with the Weiland Health Center to build them a site with all the Student Affairs branding guidelines met, while also giving them a unique look and feel to help them promote mental health and wellness across the spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations.

While many of our projects with Student Affairs are student-facing, we also work on projects that empower and support the staff who work so hard for student life on campus. One big project this year was the Red Folder, which is a resource for staff who are working with students in distress. This important document came to us as a printable PDF, and we were tasked with turning it into an accessible, mobile and user friendly, and easily searchable website.

Also to support staff this year, we embarked on re-vamping the intranet for student affairs staff. This project exemplified our iterative approach to continuous improvement: the intranet is currently in its 3rd iteration of "Minimum Viable Product" (MVP), while we work towards a blue sky vision for staff resources. Rome was not built in a day!

John W. Gardner Center Website Refresh

Websites do not last forever. Even the most thoughtfully designed site will need to be rebuilt at some point. We've written about this before, and in fact, in that very article, the Gardner Center website came up!

When they approached us to redesign their website after only a year, we had a major question: Why? We wanted to know what wasn't working about their current site. They quickly told us that their current site was working great, except that they had completely changed the model of their organization and were moving away from published papers to more collaborative, on-going projects. That means their site wasn't working for them anymore. We quickly embarked on a new information architecture to highlight the new focus of their organization.

Because the team there remembered the recent site build, they were able to anticipate our questions and we were able to work with them to create a new site that was in line with their new way of working: empowering them to get their work out there for others to see.

 

Migrations and Imports

We care a lot about sustainability. We are committed to the long-term. We want to build products that are sustainable for our clients: this means building in documentation and continuous improvement plans. We also want the work to be sustainable for our team: this means flexibility in terms of hours and schedule, adopting a learning mindset so we can keep up-to-date with new technologies, and following work that makes us feel fulfilled, with pay that is fair and sustainable. We also want open source to be sustainable, which is why we invest in community and going further together.

A big part of sustainability is thoughtfully handling data through migrations and imports. This year, we did two major migration projects: one with Stanford School of Earth and one with the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

When you work through a migration project, you are dealing with the technical problem of two technologies: the old and the new. You are also dealing with the content: what needs to come into the future of your organization, what can go away, and what is missing. Handling these two missions in parallel is the best way we know of ensuring that you enter the next phase of your growth with everything you need, and nothing holding you back. 

Schwab Learning Center Redesign

When you walk into the Schwab Learning Center, you feel the impact of their work. The space is creative, thoughtfully designed, and warm. Their goal was for a website that reflected that work. That's where we came in.

The SLC is working to eradicate the stigma of learner variability, and helps students with learner variability understand how they learn and leverage their strengths. Their website needed to support that mission. They needed to offer a wide variety of services, resources that are accessible for all users, and a creative and interesting aesthetic.

We worked with the team to overhaul their content architecture so users could understand what resources and services are available to them. We also worked to highlight their mission in copy and visuals.