Edinburgh College of Art’s 2021 Graduate Show website has been nominated in the Best Website Design category in the Drum Awards for the Digital Industries (DADIs).

These awards are a global competition that seeks to recognise websites which are “fresh, impactful, polished and effective”.

Each year, the work is judged by senior figures from international brands, global consultancies and fast-growing independent agencies.

The ECA Web Team took lead responsibility for delivering the overall project, working with digital agency Parkhouse who are based in Edinburgh, London and Dublin. The Drupal development was undertaken by the Digital Innovation Team within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS).

Image showing how the 2021 ECA Graduate Show website looks on a laptop, tablet and mobile phone
Image: Parkhouse Agency
The website is home to 490 portfolios of work from our 2021 graduates.

"Our ambition was to create one of the best graduate show platforms around and we’re delighted to have achieved this."

Sharon Pringle, ECA Web & Communications Manager

This year’s Graduate Show website is our largest website to date, encompassing 490 graduate profiles and nearly 12,500 images, sound files, PDFs and links to graduates’ work hosted on Vimeo and YouTube.

New features include the ability to bookmark interesting portfolios and to browse the site using keywords selected by our graduating students, giving an insight into common themes and concerns.

The site has been viewed by 27,000 visitors, amassing nearly 134,000 page views between 18 June and 31 August 2021.

The project to create the website kicked off in January 2021 with a number of stakeholder workshops with graduating students, staff and alumni. 

Sharon Pringle, ECA Web & Communications Manager, said: “Our ambition was to create one of the best graduate show platforms around and we’re delighted to have achieved this. We committed ourselves to an extensive consultation and scoping exercise at the start of the project and being open to everyone’s ideas played a key part in delivering what our graduating students, staff and alumni wanted from the site.”

Stuart Bennett, Senior Lecturer in Art and Chair of ECA’s Graduate Show Group said: “This year’s Graduate Show website had a lot to deliver. ECA is not a standard art college, with a range of diversity across and within Music, History of Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Design and Art. Our online presence offered an opportunity to showcase the work of all graduating students, not just the exhibition work that usually features in degree shows.”

The winners of the 2021 DADIs will be announced on 14 October 2021 at an online awards ceremony.

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