Following on from the branding and identity work myself and Rachel from ColourClear graphic Design have done for Devon carers, I also designed and built a website for them…
Devon Carers encompasses Devon Young Carers (for carers under 18) and Devon Carers Voice – a service where carers can get involved on the issues that matter to them, so the site needs to bit split into the three different areas. We decided on a home page that has basic information on the whole service, as well as being easy to navigate to the three different areas:
I used the three main colours – red, blue and green, and the extra fourth colour of yellow which has been introduced for the Devon Young Carers (more on that later…). The header is an extended version of the logo, that works well in a landscape format, with the logotype, tagline and phone number. The buttons for each area of the website are made up of the logos and a coloured border, and are big and right at the top of the page – making the site easy to navigate. I have used Questrial typeface as this is similar to the Century Gothic face in appearance and also easy to read on the screen.
The main Devon Carers Area – designed for carers over the age of 18, is split into three main areas of navigation: Support, Information and Breaks.
Support has all the information to help the Carers find support, calendars of groups, meetings and Memory Cafes, staff profiles and information on the Health and Well-being Checks. These have been designed to be easy for the staff to update (Google Calendars) and easy for the Carers to read, well spaced easy to read text, and not too much of it, as well as easy navigation down the side of the page.
The Information pages include downloads of the newsletters in PDF format, organised by date and area, training dates and content, other downloads such as MP3’s of recordings from events and a sign up to the newsletter bulletin.
The Breaks pages have information on the different breaks and grants for time away available to carers, including forms. There are also contact forms for the three different areas of Devon Carers:
Finally, we are working on a blog site, where upcoming events, news and information can be added quickly and easily by the staff, and read by the carers…
More about the Devon Carers Voice site and the Devon Young Carers site soon…