As we announced previously Connexions West of England is now called Learning Partnership West and we have just launched their new website.
This is the first phase of the project set up to promote the new brand and services. Additional phases are in the pipeline that will see the introduction of user accounts for access to additional features and a whole new area for the Shared Commissioning Services.
You can see the website here and LPW would love to receive your comments on the site and/or questions about their service.
The new Connexions West website (a delivery branch of LPW), which will be purely tailored towards their young service users, will be launched at the beginning of September. It will include a new website design and tools such as an online CV builder and eConsultations – making the organisations online offering far more interactive.
Created on Friday July 02 2010 10:40 AM
Whilst we normally write about matters of the web, we think it's sometimes good to pause and reflect on other creative disciplines that can inspire our general life.
Here are two short pieces that are brilliant and worth seeing no matter what you're interested in. Thank you to Creative Review for spotting them first.
Parkour flipbook animation:
Amnesty International: Death to the Death Penalty:
Created on Thursday July 01 2010 01:52 PM
If you're like me then you get very excited about the World Cup for a very short amount of time, and it's a great way to feel patriotic and part of something bigger than your daily life.
So in honour of the possibility of England staying in the World cup long enough to give us something to shout about, here's my 4 favourite websites to see live scores (especially when you're at work during the matches):
No.1 : Yahoo Sport
Colourful and bright, this is a good option if you want photos and articles to distract you once you've glanced at the scores.
No.2 : Soccerway.com
Whilst the live matches are clearly laid out and pleasant to look at, the rest of the information on the page is a bit oppressive.
No.3 : Flashscores.com
Minimal and clean, this layout gives it to you on a plate...if you don't mind ignoring all the advertisements.
No.4 : Google.com
Last but not least, Google have been kind enough to reward anyone searching with anything relavent to the 'World Cup' the latest scores for matches on at the moment. With a clear and instantly readable layout, good old Google have sneakily given us everything we've ever wanted....again.
Created on Tuesday June 22 2010 03:00 PM
Originally started in 2006, the Easton Arts Trail (Bristol) is proving to be 'one of those community things' that actually works. This year, the Easton Arts Trail 2010 took place in 30 different venues, including open houses, local churches, community venues, cafes and pubs, with over 55 artists and arts groups exhibiting artwork, performing and running workshops and other activities.
Focus' Simon M. and Emily B. were two of hundreds of people who followed the trail through small start up studios, hijacked pubs and peoples living rooms. Simon M. also took the opportunity to exhibit some photos from his brother-in-law's front room, which were well recevied.
With councils cutting budgets left right and centre, this is one project that seems to have really made the sun shine in Easton and Bristol would be a lesser place without it. Check out their website for more information: www.eastonartstrail.co.uk
Created on Monday June 14 2010 09:21 AM
As part of National Families Week, Emily went along to the launch event for Bristol City Council's Bristol Parenting Hub website last Wednesday, and met the Deputy Lord Mayor!
The site, designed to signpost parents of children and young people of all ages to key pieces of information regarding their children's upbringing, had a great response, and we hope to see user numbers grow over the coming months.
We're always looking to add to the information carried on there, so take a look and let us know what you think!
Created on Monday June 07 2010 04:25 PM
Working with Bristol City Council, we relaunched their Go Places to Play website at the end of last week.
The updated site carries much more information for parents and carers of young people about Bristol's parks and green spaces, including the ability to search for the nearest green space to you through a postcode finder feature.
With many new parks and green spaces opening in Bristol throughout the Summer, try visiting the site to find your local play area. You might be surprised!
Created on Tuesday June 01 2010 02:15 PM
I've just checked the News and have become aware of our new Olympic mascots "Wenlock" and "Mandeville", my first thoughts were "what the heck are those things" but after watching a rather entertaining animation of their creation, i started to realise that they aren't that bad, I mean even if you hate them, you should take pride in what's representing our great country. For once everyone should have some national pride!
Our guest blogger - Mr P. D - work experience student.
Created on Sunday May 23 2010 10:20 AM
"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win" (Sir Roger Bannister)
Well thanks Roger, we weren't in it to win it but it certainly was painful. The Focus team have succesfully completed the much anticipated Bristol 10km race. Paul and Duncan have been pounding the streets for the last 2 months in preparation for the big race and it was well worth it. The guys were joined by almost 9000 other runners dressed in an array of outfits from Scooby Doo to flamingos and even a man dressed in a suit smoking a pipe.
The event was brilliant, well organised and great fun. Well done Bristol!! I think there may be talk in the office of a half Marathon next!
Created on Monday May 10 2010 12:00 PM
Today sees the launch of Portsmouth City Council's Play in Portsmouth website, to showcase play areas and adventure playgrounds across the city, funded through the Government’s Play Pathfinder project.
It was a great project to work on, and the site really reflects the principles of ‘play’; that it should be bright, fun and inclusive. Having worked on similar projects for Bristol City Council (Go Places To Play), we were in a really good position to understand their requirements and use our experience to deliver a site that not only looks great, but does everything it needs to.
One of the tenets throughout the project has been that: “Play is one of the defining characteristics of a good childhood and all children and young people have a right to play.” Judging by some of the big kids we have in our office, I’m not sure I’d limit it to just children and young people! Web developers like to play, too...
Created on Friday May 07 2010 01:09 PM
In case you hadn't noticed, today (6th May) is polling day in the UK and we decided to do our own exit poll in another random attempt to see who will be in number 10 tomorrow.
However, we decided not to use the usual method of asking people who they will vote for, we decided to base our poll on whether the home page (ignoring any 'vote today' splash pages) of each party's web site validated against W3C standards. Yes, probably truly geeky. But relevant in a twisted sort of way, seeing as new media and such is seen as the new way to shout politics.
So, how did the big parties fare? Well.....
- Lib Dems: failed with 1 error. (although they are the only ones to have declared against XHTML Strict - obviously.....)
- UKIP: another failure, 10 errors and 2 warnings. Bad news for Mr Farage.
- Green Party: 39 errors. Environmentally friendly, but not particularly accessible.
- Conservatives: passed! Although there was one warning.
- Labour. Oh dear. It looks like Gordon is in for a tough night - an incredible 286 errors and 45 warnings.
So rounding up in true Paxman style, looks like Labour need to give us a call about getting their web site sorted.
Created on Thursday May 06 2010 08:27 AM
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