Designing Hantsweb

Sharing and recording our journey to a better Hantsweb

Category Archives: Background

Using plain English

If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written. Ernest Hemingway I recently joined the web team and have been working on some sites […]

Testing the new Valuing Performance site

Between the 11 and 15 April we undertook testing for the new Valuing Performance (VP) site with 20 members of staff from across the council. We have been working on the site for the past couple of months with the aim of making the VP process easier to follow and helping people answer some of […]

April 25 2016

Background Research

user testing

Testing the new HR site

As part of the changes to the HR information online we have had a testing week to find out how the new site structure worked in practice.

January 4 2016

Background Research

user testing

Your website needs you!

If you happened to take a look at my recent post on card testing you will already be vaguely aware that we are working really hard on some changes to the HR information for staff. This is part of a big programme of work to try and help you do the things you need to […]

December 10 2015


Thanks for your feedback on Libraries

A week or so ago we put out a link to the new libraries site with a feedback form and asked you all to take a look and let us know all the things wrong with the site. We got around 80 forms submitted from people all over the organisations and we would like to […]


September 5 2014


feedback user testing

Why working together makes better websites

The rebuild of the library service website in the new Hantsweb templates has been an exciting and challenging project. The previous library site had saround 550 pages and the rebuild has included reviewing all of these, rewriting many of them and introducing a new blog into the mix. It goes without saying that we have […]


September 1 2014



November 13 2013


Because the internet can’t replace everything

Books are still a fundamental part of the web design and development toolkit. Indeed, an increasing amount of web design books are being published – ones that focus on the beauty of the printed page and the tactile joy of a beautifully set, bound and illustrated volume. I’m a huge fan of books, and can’t […]

October 9 2013

Background Resources

Responsive by default

The web is responsive on its own—by default. It’s us that’s been breaking it all these years by placing content in fixed-width containers. Source: Andy Hume,

September 30 2013


Responsive Design

Meet the team

Here’s the team Nigel Barker Nikki Grove Jess Redway Carl Smith Jackie Surprenant  

September 26 2013