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Design Burst // February 2019

Tabea Rauscher

The Design team are happy to share the visual output from February. We would like to use this post to thank all our colleagues and stakeholders for the great collaboration, input and support on various projects and all kinds of different communications channels.



Science and Design

Roberto Aarnio

Hello! I’m Roberto, a graphic design intern from Finland who is about to complete his six-month internship at EMBL Heidelberg. I started at EMBL in August 2018. As a graphic design intern at EMBL, I worked in the Strategy and Communications department. I have had the pleasure to work with a very…


Update on our typeface choice: IBM Plex

Tabea Rauscher

Earlier last year I documented how we approached selecting a new typeface for EMBL. We’ve come pretty far with testing and would like to thank our digital team as well as the web development team at EMBL-EBI for their feedback. During the intense testing phase, we realised that Fira had some…


Introducing the Digital Projects Dashboard

Cian OLuanaigh

After a relaxing end-of-year break, the digital team is back in Heidelberg and raring to get started on our many projects. This week we built a dashboard to help us to keep track of the scope, status and dependencies of our nearly two-dozen projects.


Design Burst // November 2018

Tabea Rauscher

Our team has been very busy with the EMBL corporate design guidelines.These will be shared in spring 2019. So stay tuned!Meanwhile, have a look at our visual output in November 2018.We wish all of you a lovely Christmas time!


To affinity, and beyond!

Cian OLuanaigh

Here’s a pretentious piece of jargon for you: “Affinity sorting.” It means “Writing stuff on post-it notes, sticking them on the wall and then grouping similar ones together.” And it’s a hugely useful exercise for prioritising content on websites. Last week, Mark and I ran affinity…


Landing pages: Sprinting towards embl.org

Cian OLuanaigh

Recently we did a two-week sprint with Jon, Peter, Maged and Liang of the EBI web team. They helped us set up the technical infrastructure to prepare the first landing pages for the new embl.org. What are the landing pages again? Landing pages are the beginnings of the new EMBL website, embl.org.…


Design Burst // October 2018

Tabea Rauscher

This has been another very productive month. As images tell more than words: have a look at our visual output in the last thirty days.For more inspiration and regular updates, follow us on instagram: design_embl.


Design Burst // September 2018

Tabea Rauscher

“Show, don’t tell” has been one of our principles since the first sprint. So we’re going to share some of the 80 or so production requests that we handle every month. All of the visuals below were created in September 2018 based on design requests from various stakeholders from across…

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