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Architecture firm Cameron Chisholm Nicol asked us to create a new online experience that would deliver on their brand promise of professionalism and design brilliance.

Cameron Chisholm Nicol

Built in 2010, the firm's website was intended for a market not yet overwhelmed by mobile devices and user experience awareness. Despite a robust information architecture, key information was hidden by the static, minimalist approach to layout and navigation. The site was difficult to use in the browsers it was designed for - moreso on a mobile phone or tablet.

An analysis of the firm's target market revealed a shortfall in brand perception due to potential clients being unable to find the information they needed. Cameron Chisholm Nicol would need a new website that could demonstrate their promise of excellence and innovation through highly engaging design, and content that promoted the firm's expertise and landmark achievements.

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The new design engages visitors with a tidy, sophisticated layout using high-resolution imagery and a simpler, more intuitive navigation structure. At the first point of contact, the homepage, the site presents users with a full-screen feature of an iconic, high-profile Cameron Chisholm Nicol project.

To demonstrate the firm's breadth of experience, the project portfolio defaults to a visual collection of all work, allowing users to filter relevant content by sector, discipline and year. Individual case studies include immersive interaction effects and a lightbox style gallery, with standardised project details to exemplify the organisation and attention applied to every Cameron Chisholm Nicol project.

In the reimagined News section, visually balanced content layout makes it easy for users to find and learn about the firm's ongoing activity and achievements.

Finally, the site integrates responsive design practices to ensure an optimal user experience across a range of consumer devices.

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We are in the design business, so when it came time for a website update to better showcase our work, it was very important to find a design-led developer. Humaan were recommended to me by a design-industry friend, and after looking at their portfolio I felt confident that they would be able to deliver a site that would not only function well across all devices, but also look great.

The three main objectives of our brief were to make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for, encourage browsing, and make better use of our images. Jay and Dan worked with us to develop a clean and functional site that reflects our brand and delivers an engaging user experience. Project Manager Mark responded quickly (and patiently!) throughout the development and launch process, and we are really happy with the result. The new site looks stunning and gives us a digital presence that effectively communicates who we are and what we do. A big thank you to the team at Humaan!

Pippa Hurst, Cameron Chisholm Nicol

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