SUCV website 2012
September 2011 ~ May 2012
A brand new design and CMS for the Sheffield University Conservation Volunteers website.
Keywords: Drupal, CSS, logo design, Aviary Raven (vector editor)
In September 2011 I joined the Sheffield University Conservation Volunteers (SUCV) 2011/2012 committee as Webmaster and Publicity Officer. I was intrigued by the history of SUCV and aspired to make as much of it public as possible, and the website was the perfect medium.
The potential amount of material to be managed was beyond the capabilities of the old website, so I set about upgrading the CMS (Content Management System). I decided on Drupal due to its versatility - should future webmasters want to expand the role of the website, here was a solid foundation on which to build.
In order to save time I used Drupal Gardens' ThemeBuilder to generate the base theme, which I then modified with custom CSS. In addition to migrating old content, I made a Billhooks Magazine 2010 web version, wrote a web manual, and updated the Residentials and Past Committees pages with information unearthed from SUCV's archives.
As we no longer had a high-resolution version of the old SUCV logo, I redesigned it and made a vector image version in Aviary Raven. The new design makes use of negative space between the leaves - the subtle 'S' stands for 'SUCV' of course!
Some features of the website (such as the automated newsletter subscription widget) were deemed unnecessarily complicated by the committee so I removed them. We later decided to focus on email and Facebook as our main methods of communication, but the corresponding features on the website were left intact as future committees might want to use them.