For the last few months, we’ve been working behind the scenes to design and build our new website. We’ve consulted with audiences and staff through focus groups, workshops, surveys, and informal chats over cups of coffee in the kitchen to find out what people really want from our website.
While we’ve done our best to take all these things into consideration when making the new site, we know we won’t get it perfect first time. But rather than waiting until the whole site is finished to find out that we’ve got something wrong, we’ve decided to launch two event page from our new website: one for our ‘Into the Unknown’ exhibition, which seems appropriate; and one for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest.
This isn’t the final version, but it does contain all the elements we’d like to see when we launch the new site.
Some of the main things we hope to achieve are:
– a website that works well across any device: desktop, tablet or smartphone.
– a clear hierarchy of information, all available on one page: we’d love you to read everything about our events, but we also know that sometimes you just want to know the key ticket information without having to scroll too far or open a new window.
– a showcase for our photography and video: from Rain Room to the set of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet, we’ve had some of the most photogenic events here at the Barbican and on our new site, we’d like to give more space over to them, without drowning out everything else.
– a chance for you to go deeper into the event with our extra content: blog articles, podcasts, video interviews, interactive essays and more.
– more places to discover what else the Barbican does, from related events, to making the most of your visit with shopping, eating and drinking opportunities.
As this is a work in progress, we’d love to hear from you if you think we’re on the right track so please let us know in the comments below if you like the new designs and how we could improve them.