This week sees the launch of another one of our great Leeds clients – Unity Housing & Enterprise.
Unity Homes was formed in 1987 with the aim of building a strong, BME-led, community housing association to meet the housing needs of black and minority ethnic communities throughout Leeds. Their offices are based on Chapeltown Road and it’s been great to work with another local client.
Unity Homes came to us with a strong visual identity but their old website was outdated and difficult to navigate. They had very distinct ideas about what their tenants needed from their website and we were able to build clear user personas to help us scope out the project and define the user experience to make a sitemap, wireframes and design.
Louis, one of our Senior Designers, worked with Unity on the new website’s design and says “Unity are a friendly, approachable housing association with a strong visual identity so it was a great brand to work with. There are lots of bright colours in their logo which we’ve used throughout the colour scheme of the website and I think this really reflects their warm and helpful attitude towards their tenants. They had a lot of great imagery of their tenants and staff too so we wanted to use that to show users what they can expect from Unity.”
Lola and Lauren looked after the project and say “We were really happy to transform Unity’s bland, dull brochure style website into something they can be really proud of. Unity had great ideas about what would be useful for their tenants and so there’s some fantastic functionality on there such an events calendar, staff profiles so tenants can put a face to the names they are dealing with and forms for reporting repairs or any other issues tenants might need help with.
The site is also split into different sections and then further broken down using tabs. This is so that users can easily find the information they need at the click of a button. Unity also have a great range of leaflets that users can download from the website in one click!”
Because Unity is a public sector company their website needs to comply with accessibility standards. The new website has functionality that includes:
- ability to change the colour of the website design for those that find white backgrounds difficult to read
- ability to change the font size for those that want to read in bigger type
- text translation into 16 different languages
- integrated Browsealoud that acts as a screen reader for reading support
Chris Murray has been leading the project at Unity Homes & Enterprise and told us “Thank you all ever so much for your work on the site. It looks and feels awesome, I’m really impressed with it. Working with you has been so easy and enjoyable. I look forward to working with you guys and continuing our working relationship in the future. You guys rock!”
Take a look at the website and tell us what you think. Leave us a comment below, we’d love to read your feedback…