MNCH selected OPIN to build a solution that would accomplish their technical goals and support their wider mission. Drawing upon their past experience with museums, heritage institutions, and universities, the OPIN team successfully built MNCH’s site using Drupal 8, the latest version of the popular open source CMS.
OPIN’s Drupal solution was attractive to MNCH for a number of reasons. Drupal 8’s scalability and flexibility were invaluable to MNCH, who needed a platform that would serve their needs well into the future as requirements change over time. The OPIN team was able to leverage Drupal’s flexibility as a software to fully integrate the CMS with social media and e-commerce, as per MNCH’s objectives. As an open source software, Drupal comes at no license price to the university or the museum, who took full ownership of the system after the project was completed.
Drupal 8 was built with mobile top-of-mind, making it an ideal platform to accomplish MNCH’s goal of building a website that can be accessed seamlessly from any device. OPIN’s expertise in the higher education and government sectors ensured that all accessibility standards were met by the new site.
OPIN’s dedication to the Agile development methodology proved indispensable to project success. Agile project management emphasizes consistent client-agency collaboration by giving the two organizations the flexibility to readjust priorities, testing deliverables and acting on client feedback during the development phase. OPIN committed to weekly touchpoints and status reports with clients while building features in real time for museum staff to test, ultimately resulting in a higher quality product and higher customer satisfaction.
OPIN’s design objective was to produce “at a glance appeal” for the museum’s considerable online resources to further engage their diverse audience. OPIN’s award-winning design professionals kicked off the project with discovery sessions that helped steer the visual and user experience design direction. They used precise analytical tools and techniques to correctly identify the specific requirements for different user groups, including university students and faculty, K-12 educators and their pupils, researchers and scholars as well as the general public.
OPIN’s data-driven design approach ensured the most important information was always readily accessible and the look and feel of the website were sleeker and more inviting while staying on-brand.