Massey University

Client: Massey University Collage of Creative Arts

Designer: Open Lab

'Mai te po, ki te ao Marama - from novice to expert'

The College of Creative Arts at Massey University is a world-class art and design school.


The Problem

When looking for a new website the College had a complex brief - it needed to act as

  • an information service to existing students
  • a marketing tool to encourage potential new students to enrol
  • a showcase for all student and staff work


The Solution

Working together Open Lab and IT Effect were able to collaborate on:

  • a design that adhered to the Massey brand guidelines that was of a standard a user would expect from an internationally recognised design school
  • a content managed site that was easy for the CoCA administrator to add feature work as projects are completed, keep the site fresh with current and relevant content
  • integrate with other Massey systems to reduce site maintenance overheads


Key technical features

  • Umbraco content managed website
  • Media library management
  • Integration with internal Massey systems
  • Responsive HTML components
  • Touch screen friendly
I worked closely with Open Lab and IT Effect to completely overhaul the College of Creative Arts website within a tight budget. Both teams were easy to work with and adaptable, happy to make the tiniest of tweaks and changes. I was happy with the service both teams provided and had 100% positive feedback when the site was launched - which within a pretty vocal College of artists and designers is previously unheard of!

Sadie Hawker - Massey University