This user interface design for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s (GMRI) new, responsive website running Drupal was developed in close partnership with the client. The project involved a project manager from GMRI, a 3rd party developer who created the Drupal back-end along with customized site features, and an in-house developer of the client who finalized back-end functionality, templates and fine-tuning the site’s responsive behavior.
Originally the responsive section of the site was imagined to be just a fraction of the full desktop version, but in the end almost every single page and section on the site was made responsive. This created challenges as many of the templates were simply not available, or did not fit the site’s look and feel out-of-the-box. The website project which was finished in September 2014 lasted for over a year, out of which user interface and layout design took 9 months to complete. Custom-made content design for many of the 700+ pages was a big part of the project as not all pages could take advantage of the available templates.
The design reflects GMRI’s long-term evolvement of their brand – clean, light, and authentic – while taking Drupal’s possibilities and limitations into account. A future e-newsletter template will borrow design cues from the website. The website relies heavily on photographs I have shot for the client over the years.