Customer: ICMM - International Council on Mining and Metals
Visit site: Guidance Microsites
Microsites for ICMM’s campaign to articulate company messages, stunning design which can be managed and replicated in-house, and seamless development, delivering global content.
In December 2017, we read International Council on Mining and Metal’s Request for Proposal. This required the creation of eight microsites to showcase ICMM’s publications and toolkits. Individually, each one of these sites was a sizable project.
We specialise in delivering bespoke design communication strategies for our clients. Moreover, it was clear from the start, our working style, methodology, and experience made us ideal for the project.
ICMM’s campaign involved:
- Articulating company messages
- Creating a stunning design to be easily managed and consistently replicated by the client in-house
- Seamless delivery of global content
ICMM have a vast library of publications and toolkits. These provide information on all aspects of ethical mining. More importantly, they wanted some of these works to reach people outside their usual target audiences.
- Breaking down content into meaningful, bite-sized chunks
- Refining content into simple step-by-step guides
- Creating digital templates to display content across a range of screen sizes
- Designing the look of the templates to work alongside ICMM’s current Mining with Principles campaign
- Creating multilingual sites – translating content into English, French, Portuguese and Spanish
- Fast page download speeds – many users will be on slow or poor quality connections
The work schedule for the project was broken into three tranches and completed in a 12-month timeframe.
- The first step was to ensure ICMM understood how we work. Our process involves creating content first, with the design and development of the microsite second.
- Secondly, ICMM would maintain the websites in-house. As a result, all designs would need to be created in a modular fashion. In other words, ICMM can effortlessly replicate the layout, icons, fonts, colours and overall style of the site to maintain brand consistency.
- Finally, this is a multi-lingual, multi-site and based on a modular build process – adding multiple layers of complexity. Although not simple, finding appropriate solutions is always an engaging challenge for such sites.
Taking content and breaking it down is not a straightforward editing task. Removing key pieces of information would negatively impact the site. Furthermore, once the English version was agreed upon, no subsequent changes could be made, as the translations would not match the original content.
We use atomic design as a methodology for creating our design systems. Therefore, anyone can build a new page using the same elements we’ve designed. In other words, all future work can continue the brand feel and identity.
Our main development aims included:
- Designing a user-friendly site for in-house content editors to maintain without using external assistance
- To create a unified system of websites, consistent in design and use, rather than individual sites
- Create a Style Guide showcasing the various page elements editors can choose to build pages for content
- Reduced duplication of content and work
- To keep the sites small and fast as many users will be on expensive or poor quality connections
- Ease maintenance and reduce the amount of time spent on future updates
- Use WordPress as the platform – it is robust, easily customisable and powers a quarter of all websites in the world
- Easily translate each small chunk of content
In addition, to complete the project, we needed to create the “Mothership”. A central hub site to introduce, showcase and link to the new microsites – ICMM Guidance.
ICMM’s eight books and toolkits are now presented in a digestible and accessible format. For instance, they feature clearer communication, step-by-step guides to key information, links to related resources, and much more.
Likewise, the design and development consequently ensure users have a great experience. Readers immediately receive the information they require, and importantly, in-house editors can easily add and edit content.