Website redesign and integration project for Harvard University's Asia Center
Harvard Asia Center was seeking a website designer and developer to rebuild the site for the center and various institutes in a way that would both simplify their administrative workload and create a more compelling web presence for a world-leading center in Asian Studies. After successful experience working together on the Japan Disasters Archive, we were a logical partner and were selected in a competitive RFP process.
The Asia Center staff selected a web-based, user-friendly database management tool called Knack which they wanted to use as the primary source for much of the website's content. They needed a partner who could leverage Knack's API to retrieve data about professors, researchers, grants, and more and render them on the site. Since Knack is not a full-fledged CMS, Drupal 8 was selected to handle the page rendering and non-Knack content. The Drupal platform had to be built in a way that it could be repurposed for sub-institutes of the Asia Center, including the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies. From a user experience design perspective, the website had to balance Harvard's strict brand standards, meet stringent ADA compliance regulations for accessibility, and tell the Center's story in a compelling manner to a cross-cultural and multilingual audience. The new Asia Center website met all of these goals and more.
With our shared history of successful collaboration on highly technical projects, the Harvard Asia Center staff knew that ADK was capable of handling the complexities of the project. Layering on our leading user experience design and digital strategy teams, we were a perfect partner for the Asia Center redesign and for the multiple sub-sites that are now in the works.