Edupaper is an innovative company with a green goal: it intends to reduce paper use in education by implementing mobile applications. Using electronic paper will reduce the number of books students need to carry, and in effect reduce the number of trees which have to be cut for books that students. Furthermore, by equipping and connecting them with Open Source Software such as Dokeos, it will enable students to learn more efficiently. Of course, when Frits Hoff, CEO of Edupaper, approached me for designing his website, I gladly accepted.
After a few iterations we finally settled on this design, which I am quite fond of. Since modern electronic paper has such a high resolution and strong backlight, it’s allmost as sharp as regular paper and can still be used outside. To support this communication goal, I focused on the typography, using large corpses for legibility and employing a vertical rhyme. Another goal was to make it as clean and fresh as possible, which I think is achieved very nicely by the use of just a few supportive colours.
The design was built as a Drupal theme. There were some small challenges, mostly in getting the vertical rhyme just right so it would line out with the background stripes. There was a very annoying issue with images seemingly getting a 7px padding in Firefox, which was clearly seen in Firebug, despite that all paddings and margins were explicitly set to 0. To solve this, I resorted to floating all content images, which isn’t very nice but at least they line up properly.
All in all, I think the website turned out great, and I’m certain it brings a new level of professionalism and clear communication which will take Edupaper to the next level.
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