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Paola Kathuria
Frank Wales
Clients with several projects
Oxford University Press (1997-2005)
Redesign of OED Online
Redesign of OED marketing site
General & technical consultancy
Redesign of OED Online Help
OED Online Tour
OED marketing site
OED Online prototype
@ Limitless Innovations (2000-2003)
Berry Bros. & Rudd
One World Telecom
Scott Morrison Photography
Gratis & personal projects
Paolability Jewellery
Windsor Half Marathon
Psychology of Programming Interest Group
InetUK Usenet FAQ
Other sites by Paola
@ Limitless (1995-1999)
SilverPlatter Health & Safety Publishing
Institute of Physics Publishing
EU & UK ISP surveys
New Millennium Experience
Moorfields Eye Hospital
Ace Records
Embassy of Japan
Reuters Insurance Information Services
IBM Global Networks
Barclays Bank BarclayNet
Sainsbury's Wine Direct
@ Zengrange (1984-1990)
HP-41 Emulator for HP-48
Technical services

Web site ~ Embassy of Japan

Paola Kathuria @ Limitless


Embassy of Japan, 1996 (graphic design by Denison Design)

We worked with the Japan Information & Cultural Centre (JICC) to design and build the first web site of the Embassy of Japan in 1996.

The Embassy already had a clear idea of what they wanted to put on their web site - our job was to refine the structure, work with designers on the site's visual design and then to construct the site using copy prepared by the Embassy.

The web site contained Visa information, a diary of Japan-related events, information on about living and working in Japan, and information about JICC.

[Design concepts]
Initial design concepts

We invited a developer familiar with Japanese design to meet with the graphic designer to discuss themes and imagery that could be used on the web site. These were written up for the Embassy to choose from.

The chosen design was of images from Japanese culture and life in an animé-style. The home page included a panel of six truncated section buttons, each with a main colour theme. The section pages then included the image in its entirety.

[ftp diagram]

The site, which we maintained, attracted a lot of visitors and feedback. After a year, the Embassy decided to take over the site maintenance.

We encouraged them to get training in HTML and ftp; we spent a training day with them to explain how the site was set up for uploading updates.