The Mars Diary is a free STEM-Literacy educational programme funded by the UK Space Agency. Ideal for teachers inspiring primary students, it’s based around planning and executing a mission to the Red Planet.
But with over 60 hours of activities, evaluation resources, curriculum links, and multi-media content, the Mars Diary team were concerned about the flexibility and ease-of-use of their website.
We took a content-led design approach. Working swiftly and iteratively, we created an initial prototype (pulling on our previous experience with a related project) before testing it in quick, inexpensive user research sessions. These conversations led to a number of tweaks and changes to the structure of a custom WordPress build, incrementally advancing the organisation of the resources and greatly improving the overall experience. Once we’d established where everything should go and how everything should flow, we got our development team to work closely with our designers to create an image-rich, inspiring website that keeps everything simple and exciting without compromising quality or credibility.
The site will be used by teachers from 1,500+ schools across the UK.