Erasmushogeschool is one of the larger institutes of higher education based in Brussels. It consists of six departments, including two Schools of Arts. I was approached by Erasmus to redesign their website. Here’s the home page:
Needless to say, everything is responsive, fully adapting to various screen sizes and resolutions.
As the Erasmus Hogeschool is a very large organisation with many stakeholders and hundreds of pages, it was soon clear I was going to design a graphic system rather than a website. The well-documented system allows web masters at Erasmus and their departments to design web pages themselves in a modular way. An important element of the visual language of the site is the large customizable background area.
The design system is based on a clear grid, the Erasmus brand’s color palette and clean typography. A design guide helps web masters build unique pages in different ways, without compromising the distinct Erasmus look.
All within constraints of course. Too much freedom leaves users confused, so there’s a set of clear rules. Different types of templates must be used to convey structure and clear navigation.
The design and front-end was handed over to the main Erasmus web master who then implemented everything in the Drupal CMS.