Solent Creatives is a unique initiative established by Southampton Solent University in early 2011. The agency was set up to allow students studying at SSU to gain real-world paid experience within the creative industries whilst studying.
The agency also supports students in business start up, helping enterprising individuals focus on producing a business plan and pitching for start-up funding.
The last version of the site was published in 2012 and looked very dated and only available in desktop version. So in spring 2016, we got together to redesign the site and bring it up to date with the university updated brand and industry standards, while helping attract better quality clients for the students.
The main structure of the website was based on WordPress, but the university students and client data was kept on a separate database for security reasons and I decided to create an alternative backend within the WordPress site from where the clients could add their briefs, and coordinators could manage the students and follow the projects. Doing this helped keep the WordPress panel more organised and make it easier to manage the actual contents of the site.