To kick off the plan phase of the project, IE held a workshop with DHS to agree on requirements and decide the key priorities. From this, IE investigated the best platform to facilitate youth involvement and fit with time frame detailed in the brief. It was decided that WordPress, with open-source forums and social plugins, would offer the best value for their budget.
The first phase of the project, completed in December, covered the creation of a functional prototype and The Exchange’s creative brand. DHS conducted early end-user testing using the prototype IE produced, and the results were briefed into IE by DHS the following month. Their feedback was used as the basis for the design and development of the site, which was completed using short developmental iterations just six weeks later.
DHS trusted IE’s technological experience and a piece of exceptional work was delivered on time, and to budget.