Web design by CookandKaye
specialists in online education, mapping
and scientific websites
Our core business is web design. We work to current W3C international guideleines for HTML to produce attractive, durable websites that have the broadest possible compatibility with modern browsers. Typically we test against five browsers on three operating systems before releasing any of our sites into the wild!
Our sites are flexible and can be delivered to a range of platforms including mobile devices and the printed page. Furthermore, we offer a full proof-reading service to ensure our sites are free from typographical errors.
Most of our sites are designed and built entirely by us, but we also offer a code testing and verification/correction service to other design houses. Please contact us if you are interested in this service.
Below are some of our most recent projects, there are over forty websites in our portfolio, and you can browse all of these by category through the menu (right).
European Society of Biomechanics
The European Society of Biomechanics is a learned society founded in 1976 to encourage research, disseminate knowledge and promote progress in Biomechanics.
The new home-page design brings together an introduction to the society, alongside a calendar of events, news and a visual demonstration of the work the society is engaged in. It also offers a public platform for the ESB's corporate members, and a private means for other memebrs to get in contact with each other.
For this project it was important to have a user friendly CMS, to keep ongoing maintenance costs down. We offered the ESB a hands on experience of the latest Joomla and WordPress installations, both loaded with their core public pages, so they could get a fair feel for how both systems worked.
This site presented a number of challenges, the most significant of which was checking and importing their existing custom-built database backend.
The final site offers an easy to use CMS coupled to a membership area with PayPal integration for membership payments and jounral subscriptions, a newsletter, custom gallery and diary feature.
Due to its complex layout, this site is built around 'smart divisions'. These permitting visitors on smart phones to tap-and-zoom to view/read parts of the page. It was felt that a simplified layout for small screens would, in this instance, have either made it difficult to navigate around all of the page, or resulted in some elements being left out of the mobile version...
Cumbria Stained Glass
Cumbria Stained Glass - Peter McNaught is a stained glass craftsman based in Cumbria, who trained at York Minster. His work includes creation and repair or refurbishment of stained glass windows, mirrors and door panels.
It is a great pleasure to bring this site, which reflects some of the beauty of Peter's work, online.
Simulators for Teaching
Simulators for Teaching (sim4t) - are suppliers of sophisticated teaching laboratory experiments and support material suitable for University undergraduate and postgraduate teaching laboratories.
The sim4t website is a very basic WordPress installation, required to permit them to carry out preliminary market evaluations.
Sheffield Centre for Electron Beam Lithography
The Sheffield Centre for Electron Beam Lithography enables research groups and small companies to build nanostructures, nanoelectronic devices and optical gratings.
Design work included the site, with a characteristic banner which appears to be cut by a lithography tool and the logo, which is based on a diffraction grating. All site pages feature a full screen background image, an electron micrograph of one of the Centre's nanostructures (requires HTML5 - older Internet Explorer browsers will see a plain grey background).
The site design is flexible, with elements being re-ordered on the narrow screens of smart-phones to make it more accessible on these platforms.
UK Semiconductors 2012
The UK Semiconductors conference is an annual conference on all aspects of semiconductor research.
The requirement was for a simple site that was required quickly, but could be easily updated in future by the conference team for each subsequent annual conference.
The site is built in WordPress, with custom calendar to present important conference dates on all pages, and an exhibitors marquee, offering links through to sponsor's websites.
The site design is based on the standard WordPress theme, and offers some flexibility, with elements being re-ordered on the narrow screens of smart-phones to make it more easily viewed.
Eastern Analytical - specialists in particle analysis using the scanning electron microscope. They provide a range of services to forensics and other specialists, including gunshot residue analysis software, SEM calibration standards, specialist sub-stages and training.
The site is multilingual (the client has not completed work on the translations), and will offer English and French versions, with the possibility of extending the system to Chinese. Content in different languages is held under adjacent tabs in the same edit view, so it is really easy to flip between language views to ensure they are up to date. Our 'intelligent' template permits the client to select which pages get published in each language.
The home page gallery shows images from Eastern Analytical, with an optional short text description. This again is multilingual feature integrated with the WordPress gallery feature.
The site design is flexible, with elements being re-ordered on the narrow screens of smart-phones.
The Chemistry Map of Scotland
The Chemistry Map of Scotland was built for the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of their International Year of Chemistry celebration (2011). It was presented at the Science and the Parliament meeting in Edinburgh on Wednesday 9 November 2011 (our p revious blog post).
The purpose of the site is to encourage school children to explore the chemistry by looking at how it impacts their local area. I had thought it would be mostly a historic project, but the children's submissions show that it is anything but - they see chemistry as very much a part of a living and working landscape; the local galvanising works, offshore wind-farms and whiskey distilleries are at least as important as the work of Joseph Black (1728 - 1799)!
Lochaline Dive Centre
Lochaline Dive Centre in the WordPress CMS: the Centre offers friendly accommodation in the Sound of Mull, Scotland. The dive centre's location gives access to some of the best shore, scenic and wreck dives in the UK, as well as to some spectacular scenery and wildlife on land!
We designed the orginal website, and have subsequently extended this to include multilingual pages, a wildlife gallery and a news section driven by the very popular WordPress engine, which allowed Mark and Annabel to easily update this portion of the site.
Over the last couple of years WordPress has developed into quite a competent Content Management System (CMS); and as Mark and Annabel had found this to be pretty easy to use, we brought the rest of the site under the same management system this summer.
bbCareers aims to help people facing an uncertain career future. The new company offers 1:1 tailored support to help clients re-evaluate their life prospects, and get to grips with the nitty-gritty required to ensure they get the job and life prospects that we all want!
The site makes use of the latest features in the new (version 3.1, 2010) WordPress templates. We also developed a short promotional video.
The Civic is based in Barnsley, offering a wide range of family entertainment, theatre, cinema, dance, comedy, music and other events. The site was based on designs for printed advertising literature by Eleven, but includes a custom calendar and event display, which cycles through all of the events on offer in the current program.
The Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (CBTE)
The Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (CBTE) draws on expertise in Engineering, Science and Medical faculties at the University of Sheffield to tackle problems in this complex area of applied science. We were active in researching content for the site, as well as in the final design.
The basic design remained unchanged between 2002 and 2010. We have researched and developed a number of new sections since that time, however, including an extended research section (with a major update in 2006).
In 2010 we re-built the site in the popular WordPress content management system. The new site gives CBTE staff the ability to edit content and easily add news and seminar information.
Gay Icons Project (November-December 2010)
Gay Icons Project a celebration of gay icons, add your own gay icons, or go to talks, shows and project parties!
The series of events is supported online by the a blog, live twitter feed, and the facility to add your own gay icon.
Sheffield Synthesis Solutions
Sheffield Synthesis Solutions is built in the popular Joomla! open content management system, to permit the team to update pages as required through the project.
The site is based on a design by John Gelder of Eleven Design, to harmonise with printed literature prepared for the team.
Sheffield Solar Farm
The Sheffield Solar Farm website is designed to provide information for the public and policy makers on the use of photovoltaic cells in the UK. The first stage of the site includes a simple graphical meter showing live solar irradiance and photovoltaic outputs, and graphs detailing output over the last 24 hours.
The Solar Farm was opened officially by the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party Nick Clegg MP on 20th August 2010.
Nanofactory offered assistance to SME's in the Yorkshire and Humberside region in the field of applied micro & nano technologies. The objective of the website was to publicise their work, and encourage small businesses to contact them, so they could be guided towards funding sources and technologies that would help retain industries in the region.
The site provided a shop window for nanotech in the region, and encourages contact with the Nanofactory staff at every opportunity, with fly out contact forms and easy-to-navigate resources.
Eleven is a graphic design consultancy that creates intelligent and effective design solutions for print, web and brand identity. It was a great pleasure to work with them to realise their design for their own website in the Joomla! Content Management System (CMS).
This site is the antithesis of mundane CMS systems. The dynamic layout and menu structure come together beautifully to earn Eleven new commissions!
The Organic Materials Innovation Centre at the University of Manchester carried out about 70 projects for over 30 companies for a project value approaching £2M between 2003 and 2007. The website was, however, broken...
We developed a new OMIC site with a simple design to assist future management. The new site takes newsfeeds from the OMEC website, and includes a number of stock graphics selected at random to provide visual interest on each page.
ICARUS is a partnership of leading European research groups working in the areas of organic and inorganic semiconductors, nanotechnology and photonics. The new site has been commissioned to help recruit PhD and Post Doctoral staff to new projects that aim to develop better display and signalling technologies and photovoltaic systems.
The banner, also designed by CookandKaye website design, is a stylised depiction of organic molecules, nanoparticles and electromagnetic radiation - covering the remit of the research partnership. The banner background tiles over the width of the browser window, while the page centres in this window. The result provides a simple, yet visually interesting site even on massively wide displays...
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
The University of Sheffield COSHH database has been built within the University's site templates to provide seamless integration with the support and administrative functions of the Department of Chemistry.
The site is a secured for access by Staff and students at the University, and allows staff and students to quickly prepare COSHH assessments, and for these assessments to be easily evaluated by the department prior to approval. It includes a simple chemical search facility, as well as a COSHH assessment lookup - valuable for preparing new assessments, or in case of accident and emergency.
Further details of this extensive project are available on our blog post entitled COSHH online.
Directed diffusion across a surface energy gradient
The movie depicting Directed diffusion across a surface energy gradient was prepared by CookandKaye website design, working directly from preprints of the authors' scientific manuscript. The movie was released to coincide with the paper's publication and extensive publicity by the Unviersity of Sheffield (see for example Step Forward For Nanotechnology: Controlled Movement Of Molecules in Science Daily)
The interactive movie uses a stylised polymer chain to depict the actual movement inferred by the research workers from a wide range of nanoscale analytical techniques.
SABRE - supporting the built environment sector: SABRE is a partnership between the University of Sheffield and BRE (www.bre.co.uk). The partnership brings together the extensive range of expertise that both organisations have in the built environment sector.
In the SaBRE website was built in W3C compliant HTML to match a design created by Eleven design for the client. The site itself is encapsulated in Joomla 1.5, one of the most popular open source content management systems available. This permits the client to create their own content, and add images and other media to the site, within the design contraints.
Mobility Vehicles Ireland - wheelchair accessible vehicles
Mobility Vehicles Ireland - supplies wheelchair accessible vehicles throughout Ireland. This site was developed with economy in mind, being based on the design of the site for one of its parent companies (Mobility Nationwide), and is search-engine optimised to minimise advertising costs.
The Polymer Centre
The Polymer Centre is a high profile research centre, drawing its staff from within the University of Sheffield. It provides research, technical and training facilities to industry, but also acts as a shop window for research degrees at the University.
We have been active in developemnt of this website since its inception, when we interviewed members for the original site content (material that also formed the basis for the Centre's first prospectus)! The current design (2008) was by Eleven, which we translated into HTML. We also installed a staff database and news section based on the popular WordPress package. We are active in ongoing maintenance and development of the Polymer Centre website.
Functional materials by design
Functional materials by design, Prof. Mike Turner's Research Group's website at the University of Manchester. The group's research covers a broad range of functional polymeric materials, and encompasses the synthesis, optimisation and development of these materials for new applications in industry.
The site carries a research profile, and biographies of current and past group members.
The Organic Materials in Electronics Consortium represents a number of Universities around the UK engaged in the development of the next generation of optical and electronic materials.
First designed in 2002, the site is still very effective, so in 2009 only some small layout changes were required. Behind the scenes, however, we rebuilt the site in WordPress, which will allow our client to easily update and manage the site in future.
The WordPress installation also feeds news items to two other sites our client is engaged with, helping to disseminate research news quickly and effectively.
Scapa Flow Marine Archaeological Project
ScapaMAP - the Scapa Flow Marine Archaeological Project: is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution, international project involving government agencies, industry and the academic community, designed to document a unique marine archeological area in the waters of Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands of Scotland.
The site includes a 3D map and high resolution wreck survey images, which are all freely downloadable.
Big Anchor Project database
The Big Anchor Project provides a simple way to record old anchors, and make these heritage items a public and academic asset and an opportunity to learn more about their place in our maritime history.
Our role was to build the database and its public interface, which we integrated into an existing site design by Enterprise Marketing.
The High Polymer Research Group
The High Polymer Research Group runs one of the most prestigious international polymer conferences. Established in 1960, with its first conference in 1961, the group has held annual conferences ever since that date.
We took on the site in 2007, replacing an earlier website that was unusable if you did not run Internet Explorer! The new site features online payments (using PayPal), and has an archive of previous programmes, by tradition, no formal minutes are kept for High Polymer Research Group meetings.
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