Digital that opens doors!

We’re delighted to have recently launched the Doors Open Day website on behalf of the Scottish Civic Trust.

Dating back to the 90’s when Glasgow was the European City of Culture, Doors Open Day is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event. The event is coordinated nationally by our client the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology). Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

The new Doors Open Day website was designed to be vibrant looking, instantly warm and welcoming with a wealth of easily accessible information that was suitable for all year round use, not just on the build-up to the event. The Scottish Civic Trust had a bank of incredible imagery of interesting locations across Scotland; therefore the focus of the site design was to showcase these in all their splendour.

Built using the latest version of Umbraco 7, the site gives a seamless user experience across multiple devices. Users are quickly able to find buildings in the area they wish to visit through the “find a building” function which incorporates filtering functionality. We knew that actually visiting the sites was important, so we built in a number of aids for helping people to manage their travel to and from various events. This included the ‘My Places’ area where users can add buildings to a list which creates a bespoke itinerary for their days out which can be shared on social media or indeed printed.

We also developed an intelligent back end system with export and import functionality which allows Area Coordinators across the breadth of Scotland to fully manage their programmes online themselves.

Frances Hendron of the Scottish Civic Trust said: “I’ve been working on the new Doors Open Days website for a few weeks now, and I am delighted with it; it’s intuitive to use and as the site is visually led to showcase Scotland’s buildings – it looks amazing! I am sure Doors Open Days visitors will find it really useful as they plan their days out on mobile phones and tablets – and I am looking forward to seeing some great images via our instagram account this year!”

The event is scheduled for September, so hurry up and get those itineraries built up!

Check out the Doors Open Day website.

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