British Film Institute

The Challenge

The brief asked for an elegant design aimed at maximising visual impact with simple functionality and a unique community feel. The British Film Institute wanted the homepage of the site to be a ‘noticeboard’ for the community, signposting users to resources and acting as an application portal (‘The Postroom’) to discover talent.

We were selected for this project because of our extensive experience with Drupal and Solr and proven track record with both cultural and government clients.

"For the discovery phase they helped conduct user research sessions with stakeholders across the UK. This lead to an Agile development workflow that allowed us to workshop and prioritise functionality in iterations. This process allowed us to rapidly respond to stakeholder feedback and build a truly user lead product."

The Solution

Our user focussed research and design has resulted in a simple sitewide navigation which when combined with the advanced Solr based search capability means that content exposure is maximised and navigation is highly intuitive.

Completing the project within the tight time constraints and on budget we delivered a website that far exceeded our client's expectations. Our user centred approach led to a visually stunning but easy to use design that is engaging and encourages interaction. This website is now at the forefront of attracting a range of talent within the film industry, allowing BFI to reach a wider audience and achieve its medium and longer term objectives.

“We are fortunate to be working with Axis12 on our new BFI NET.WORK website.
 
The website allows BFI and its partners to discover and support UK filmmakers of the future. At the heart of this is the Postroom, which allows filmmakers to create profiles and submit a film or script. Film executives can then review and share that work, and contact filmmakers.
 
Axis12 has supported us throughout the project. For the discovery phase they helped conduct user research sessions with stakeholders across the UK. This lead to an Agile development workflow that allowed us to workshop and prioritise functionality in iterations. This process allowed us to rapidly respond to stakeholder feedback and build a truly user lead product.
 
The first phase of the project was launched mid June and has been warmly received. We are looking forward to collaborating with Axis12 on the next phase of the project."

Ronnie Lam, Project Manager

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British Film Institute NET.WORK portal
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