case studies

  • Simon Fraser University Library

    With an ongoing relationship of development projects with different parts of Simon Fraser University (Education Research, PKP, OJS) elemental and webkitchen were approached to rework the entire front end design for the SFU Library website. This was done in conjunction with the in house development group moving the primary location website and the 2 branch websites into a single Drupal 7 installation from numerous disparate Drupal 6 installations and custom designed database implementations.

    Working within the established SFU Common Look and Feel, elemental developed the layouts and specified the responsive design that has now been rolled out over the last 8 months.

    Type of Project:
    Accessibility, Design, Document Archives, Drupal, User Experience, User Interface
  • Heritage Ottawa

    Heritage Ottawa works as a group of dedicated volunteers committed to promoting awareness, appreciation and preservation of outstanding examples of historic buildings and places in Ottawa and the National Capital Region.

    This website was migrated from an earlier version of Drupal 6 and augmented with a number of new features, including self-registration options integrated with online payments, events management, and a number of other admin functionalities.

    Type of Project:
    Document Archives, Drupal, Site Hosting, Site Maintenance, User Interface, User Experience, Web Development
  • Canadian Seed Institute

    We were excited to work with the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI), an organization which delivers accreditation and monitoring programs for the Canadian seed industry and through its sister organization, The Centre for Systems Integration, simplifies certification under multiple programs for the agricultural industry.

    Originally an ASP site, there were lots of interesting challenges in developing the two CSI sites as fully-bilingual, integrated sub-sites. Leveraging Organic Groups and a bevy of other modules, including custom modules specific developed for this project, much of the site lives below the public view. CSI staff and its auditors, inspectors and clients can login to access various document libraries specific to their group membership.

    Type of Project:
    Accessibility, Design, Document Archives, Drupal, Site Hosting, Site Maintenance, User Interface, User Experience, Web Development
  • National Network for Equitable Library Service

    NNELS is "a service provided by The BC Libraries Cooperative with the support of the Provincial and Territorial Libraries Council of Canada."

    The overall goal of the project is to improve accessibility of library resources to individuals with "print disabilities", e.g., blind users and others who may be unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations.

    If you represent a public library system in Canada wishing to participate, please contact Kris Jorgensen at the BC Libraries Coop.

    Type of Project:
    Accessibility, Design, Document Archives, User Interface, User Experience, Web Development
  • The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada was developed at a national meeting of First Nations child and family service agencies (FNCFSA), held at the Squamish First Nation in 1998. Award-winning, the Caring Society works with partners in Canada and around the world to promote the rights of Indigenous children, youth and families.

    Working closely with both the Society and its graphic designer the site was redeveloped from the ground up to become the major marketing and communications hub for the organization.

    Not only did this project encompass a full Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 migration, it involved a complete and substantial re-architecting of the site structure, custom module development to accommodate multiple user and subscriber databases, multiple subsite "campaign" sections with custom theming for each, as well as an eye to both multiple languages and full accessibility access.

    Type of Project:
    Accessibility, Design, Drupal, User Experience, User Interface, Web Development
  • Pookie's Thai

    A clean and fast-loading site that provides visitors key information with fewer clicks and less frustration than common on many restaurant sites (esp. ones laden w/ flash, argh!). With a back-end developed for non-technical editors, the content management system enables busy staff to edit their menu, respond to reservations, upload photos, etc. Pookie's Thai also serves up some of the best Thai food in the Ottawa region. Yum!

    Type of Project:
    Design, Drupal, Site Hosting, Site Maintenance, Web Development
  • Canadian Military Engineers Association

    The CMEA serves approximately 2000 members. Originally a WordPress site, < webkitchen > migrated the CMEA site to Drupal 7, adding a full shopping cart, member registration and communications system, along with other custom reporting and archiving functionalities.

    Type of Project:
    Design, Document Archives, Drupal, Site Hosting, Site Maintenance, User Interface, User Experience, Web Development
  • The Medical Roundtable

    The Medical Roundtable is an academic journal that brings together top medical experts to engage in discussion on a variety of topics. Subscribers gain access not only to the full-text, in HTML and PDF formats, but can send the discussion moderators questions, take quizzes related to the topic at hand, and participate in conversations with their peers.

    Type of Project:
    Accessibility, Design, Document Archives, Drupal, Site Hosting, Site Maintenance, User Interface, User Experience, Web Development