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We designed, built and maintained the first web site for Moorfields Eye Hospital for three years from 1996.
The site began with information on courses, teaching and research; it eventually grew to 10 times its original size before it was redesigned and redeveloped.
We led the second phase redesign process and constructed the new site before handing over maintenance to Limitless. Moorfields relaunched the web site in 2002.
Working with a very small budget, the Moorfields web site started as a handful of pages in 1996. We based the design on colours and photos from annual reports and then added new content from Moorfields to the site.
Although the design was quite basic, it contained navigational features which are popular today, such as location breadcrumbs.
The site began with just information for practioners but soon began to attract enquiries from people all over the world needing specialist eye treatment. The site had also grown several times, and it was becoming difficult to accommodate new content in the original site structure.
With the unexpected number of enquiries for private care from around the world, Moorfields agreed to have the site redesigned, restructured and redeveloped.
We met with Moorfields to discuss and agree the requirements of the new web site and a new site structure was developed. It included much more patient information and information about individual consultants.
We worked closely with Denison Design, who created the visual style of the new site and produced the site graphics. Denison devised an eye shape for section graphics, which were colour-coded.
The section colour was repeated in the other navigational elements, in the page heading and on the contents page.
We created templates and a Perl script to process the course registration form on the site. Course information was edited by a separate delimited text file and without needing to know any HTML or editing any web pages.
After the new site had been completed, we prepared a 17-page maintenance manual and style guide.
The style guide detailed the page layout and illustrated how tables were used to create pages. It also gave step-by-step instructions for regular changes such as adding new pages and updating the online course form.
Moorfields continued to expand their web site since it was relaunched in 1999 - it was relaunched in 2002.
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