Students ‘make a splash’ with website design

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Students from Robert Gordon University’s School of Computer Science and Digital Media in Aberdeen have recently completed a project in conjunction with the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool.

First-year Computer Science and Computing for Graphics and Animation students from the required a coursework which involved working on a live client brief and it was suggested that an ideal project to undertake was a redesign of the pool’s website.

Working in teams, the students were given the task of taking the existing site structure and content, and upgrading it to give the site a more modern look and feel. By applying a responsive design approach, the students also ensured the site would look appealing when viewed on mobile devices including smart phones and tablets.

The winning team as chosen by the Friends of the Pool were Gheorghe Breban (20), Bogdan Hobinca (20), Marius Petrovan (19), Karol Trojakowski (19) and Bartosz Wlizlo (21), who were presented with a prize of cinema and pizza vouchers by a special guest – the Outdoor Pool’s very own mascot, Splasher the Dolphin.

Commenting on the success, Professor Ian Allison, Head of School said: “We encourage all of our students to apply their academic skills gained in class to real projects for clients, which is a vital step in their learning. I am delighted that the first year students have produced something of value for the local community.”

Chair of the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool, Mike Robins, added: “As a charity we were delighted to be given the opportunity for Robert Gordon University students to work on our website, bringing it up-to-date in terms of functionality and, in particular, making it user-friendly for people using smart phones and tablet computers. There is still some work to be done, but the new website should be online shortly.”

Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool opens for the 2013 season on Saturday 25 May.