Gifted and Talented: Support for Parents and Whānau

Gifted and Talented

Link: tki.org.nz/r/gifted/talented/parents (site has since been redeveloped)

Size: 5 pages

My professional status: contractor at CWA New Media

Website client: Ministry of Education

Dates: June 2004

Brief: to design a Key Collections website as part of CWA's Te Kete Ipurangi portal website, which gave parents of gifted and talented children information about how best to serve the needs of their child.

This site is housed within the main TKI template. As such it is subject to the same rules for templating as the rest of TKI, which is written in XHTML/XML and uses CSS-only formatting.

My responsibilities included:

  • Design of the website using the Ministry of Education's Gifted and Talented printed material as an initial inspiration
  • Ensuring that my design was possible within CWA's strict XHTML/XML template for TKI, and ensuring that the site would be fully accessible and easily navigable
  • Ensuring that my design was achievable using a CSS-only layout, as tables are no longer used by CWA in order to format or position the elements of a web page
  • Liaising with the developer to work out the finer points of design for CSS websites.

This was one of the first sites I designed for a CSS-only environment. As I had limited experience at that time in web development using CSS exclusively instead of tables (although I had been using CSS styles for a long time), I was on a steep learning curve. Not only did I want my design to look good and to reflect the branding already created by the Ministry of Education, I also needed to design a site which could be built using CSS, within the existing XHTML/XML template for TKI.