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Websites & digital platforms

<span class="inline-title">Websites</span> & digital platforms

Since 2011, our core business has been leading organisations of all sizes to build effective digital platforms using UX Design methods. Over time, we have refined a methodology and a framework that we call Minotaure.

How do we work?

Disccover the 9 steps of our digital method.

These are our participatory ideation workshops. This stage is essential for pooling together ideas and thoughts, and set the milestones of the project. We discuss the project’s challenges, the framing elements and the tools to be implemented.

The workshops are led by project managers and designers with the help of numerous tools, including our Minotaur card games.

This is the stage where we set up the data model. Like a building whose plans are drawn up before it is built, we draw up the structure of the site (the sitemap), the articulation of the blocks and the different components, keeping in mind the user paths.

We help you define the general architecture of your web & mobile project, based on the key strategic points, your resources and the technological solutions available.

What do we put on the different pages of the website? In what order? What is the key information and where should it be found? Are all the user paths identified, realistic and feasible?

These questions are asked at the prototype stage of the various pages. For each page or type of page, you arrange and organise blocks to outline the general structure and links. This will allow you to test the relevance of the hierarchy of pages and information, the necessary or superfluous links, etc.

With the user at the centre of our thinking, we set up the web & mobile ergonomics. We prioritize content elements and user navigation flows on different types of platforms. With our experience in Responsive Web Design, our proposals are adapted to current browsing modes (smartphones, tablets, etc.)

This is the “look & feel”, the appearance of your website.

At this stage, we talk about fonts, logos, icons, colors, animation effects, illustrations, photography, layout grids, but also about the tone of voice to be used in your text content. While respecting your visual identity, Spade works on the web & mobile graphic layout: our designers’ talent is at the service of your project!

Once defined, these elements are gathered in the design system of the website (or the mobile app), the counterpart of the graphic charter. This documentation is available to all stakeholders (departments within the organisation, external technical partners, etc.) and describes all the elements of your online presence: use of typography, button styles, use of forms, tone of voice, rules for publishing on social networks, etc.

NB: the Design System is specific to the project’s digital environment, whereas the graphic charter extends to posters, business cards, goodies, etc., everything that may be closely or remotely linked to the project’s image.

Now, the project moves from idea to reality. Based on the data model defined beforehand, the design system and all the elements produced during the previous stages, the technical team takes over to build the digital platform.

The technical phase involves several key stages – the choice of the CMS (Content Management System) being a determining element in establishing your future web & mobile strategy.
If necessary, our team can also work into other work environments, collaborating with your own technicians.

The backend is done first – creating the skeleton of the site, indicating the links between the information, doing all the technical infrastructure behind the scenes.

Then comes the frontend, which “dresses” the structure with the previously created design.

Once completed, the platform needs to be tested on various points.

Do all the links work well, do all the components display as desired?
Does it look good on the different media (computer, tablet, smartphone, …)?
Is it relevant in terms of content (SEO test)?
Is it accessible?

These are all aspects that must be settled before the launch of the websote, so as not to harm the navigation of future visitors.

The site (or app) is ready, it is time to open it to the public!
The launch phase consists of leaving the working environment (or staging) to switch to a so-called production environment. The site is then hosted on a specific server, it has its own domain name (DNS). This also requires activating a certain number of functionalities such as online payment systems, connection to third-party services, etc.

Your digital project does not stop once online, quite the contrary! In fact, it is the real beginning of its life.

Over time, it will have to be able to respond to requests from users who will suggest adding, modifying this or that; the tools will need updating, certain techniques will evolve; new media may appear; you may want to make changes; etc. In short the platform is not set in stone, and all these post-launch tweaks are part of the maintenance.

Spade designs websites on a development environment separate from the production space. In other words, it’s an online, up-to-date copy of your site, but not visible to the general public. This hosting in staging allows us to work on your site in complete security, whether it be for a functional or visual modification, with no impact on the production version. We monitor any security alerts and services used by our clients on a daily basis, and quickly apply necessary security patches.

Spade can restore your website from daily backups.

Whether it is still a prototype, a staged site or already the official production version, we carry out usability tests on the tool.

These tests guarantee the permanence of a quality user experience throughout the project, so that it is not altered by a last-minute change, for example.

The benefits of the Minotaure's approach

Our framework includes a methodological part, as well as a special technical application. Furthermore, it encompasses all phases of the project to ensure the realization of quality digital platforms, from the first ideas to the launch.

Involving the teams all along the project

Involving the teams all along the project

Your point of contact with us is there at every step of the way, ensuring that the information is passed on and that the end result is what was expected!

Ongoing project documentation

Ongoing project documentation

All progresses and discussions are recorded so that you know where you are at each stage – and that the information is transferable, if necessary.

Autonomie in the management of the website

Autonomie in the management of the website

Because once the framework and the design are in place, you set up the pages, define their hierarchy and manage their publication independently!

Relevance of the content on the media

Relevance of the content on the media

Through our method, you’ll know your audiences by heart; you’ll know exactly what to put, where and how. For sure, you’ll have the right content at the right place!

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More Services & Expertises

Our core business is website development, but this encompasses several distinct areas of expertise, beyond the “standard” website. Details of these special cases are given below.

Code Takeover

Code Takeover

Because sometimes we don’t have to create a website from scratch, but have to take over an existing one (with its code).

Complex Websites Development

Complex Websites Development

E-commerce platforms, appointment scheduling, intranet with user profiles, etc., all these are so-called “complexe” websites, because they require specific functionalities, developed as a one-shot demand.

High Traffic Websites

High Traffic Websites

Peak of visitors on your site, and the page does not follow. When a certain level of traffic is reached on a given site, it is time to think about a particular development, designed to withstand the heavy traffic.

Accessible websites

Accessible websites

An accessible website is a site that anyone can enjoy, regardless of their disability. Content, development, design, everything is thought out and put in place with this in mind.

Some projects examples

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Type of project

GDPR Info

The information you submit via the form below will be emailed to you and used to contact you if we are interested in your request.

We will not do anything else with your data, unless you become a beloved customer or a cherished employee.

Digital maturity support

Is your website, your online shop, your company’s internal social network in the process of transformation? Then it’s time to question your “digital maturity”! With Spade, you are in the right place.

Accessibility Workshops User testing Minotaure Framework Audit
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Design System & Visual Identity

As you can imagine, the graphic coherence of all your communication supports is simply essential! That’s why at Spade we focus on a strong and easily recognisable visual identity, whether it’s for your website, your Facebook page, your letterhead or your business cards. We go into great detail to ensure that your style is unique.

Accessibility Video Stationery Print Illustrations Design System
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Editorial Management

What is it, a good content?

How does SEO works?

Can I really publish what I want, where I want, when I want it?

One page to present you all the possibilities of the “content” and the support that Spade can provide you with.

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Websites & digital platforms

Since 2011, our core business has been leading organisations of all sizes to build effective digital platforms using UX Design methods. Over time, we have refined a methodology and a framework that we call Minotaure.

High traffic websites Code takeover Minotaure Framework Complex websites development Accessibility
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