We have used Algolia a number of times and are big advocates of its many benefits. It was perfect for this project. By indexing all of the project data at the point of save, Algolia allows us to build a Google-speed search interface that makes load time insignificant.
To ensure that the portal would be used by the global Cultural Heritage community, it had to be accessible to all and so we worked with the team at the V&A to create an easy to complete project form which works perfectly on all devices.
For those funders with multiple projects, we will be working directly with them to import all of their data in one go.
After our research into the Culture in Crisis programme, its activities and content, we devised an mark based around the columns of many ancient and endangered sites, as well as the initials CiC.
To partner this mark, we curated a colour palette and font based on ancient symbols and a mixture of colours representing danger, crisis, intellect and history.
The benefit of working with an agile process is that when a client throws us a curveball we can generally handle it. Towards the end of the project it became clear that the best way to present the portal to its intended audience would be by video link to America.
To attempt to avoid any of the usual pitfalls of video conferencing, we created an explainer video which could be hosted online and streamed without the need for a screen-share.
And it was planned, filmed, edited and online in less than a week.