Something different

Sketchnotes by Francis Rowland

We’ve changed things a bit! On 4 March we re-launched the EMBL-EBI website, hoping to give all our visitors a warmer welcome. We’ve been working behind the scenes to give you a more consistent experience, because a big part of our mission is to make molecular data available – and accessible – to everyone.

Our redesign is based on the consistent application of grid, font, navigation, iconography and colour hierarchy. To make it all happen we needed to articulate guidelines; work up an open-source content management system, because we’re all about open source at EMBL-EBI (we chose Drupal); design icons and other visual elements; get our code library in order and organise a huge amount of content to serve it centrally.

We have learned a lot in the past couple of years. What has come out of our redesign process is more than a dressed-up website: it’s a better approach to communicating with each other and, we hope, with our users.

Today’s launch is just the beginning. We will be applying our new guidelines to our many resources on a rolling basis over the next couple of years, so you might notice that many of our sites haven’t yet made the big change. We hope you are as pleased with the result as we are, and we honestly want to hear from you.

Happy browsing!

User research: could you participate? 

Improving and crafting the information and services we provide is an on-going process. We are always keen to hear from EMBL-EBI users who would be happy to take part in further user research, so if you are interested, please let us know.