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Under construction: workshop on working with journalists

Iris Kruijen

Phones that never stop ringing, desks full of press clippings, and interview notes spread all around. These may not be the first things you picture when you think of EMBL, but there’s one EMBL office where you can find all of these: the EMBL Press Office. But besides working with journalists, we…

On taxonomy

Cian OLuanaigh

Indulge me, if you will, with a lengthy zoological introduction. In the 1700s, the Swedish zoologist Carl Linnaeus devised a system for classifying all the organisms of the Earth. Each species received a unique name comprising two parts, following Latin grammatical construction. The mice in the…

Digital comms update: May 2018

Mark Boulton

We’re trying a new thing. Every month, I will be letting you know what we’ve done during that month, and what we’re planning next. We’ll also send out an email – let me know if you want to be added to the list. Why are we doing this? To keep you all up to date! […]

Questioning the questions in the EMBL Design Lab

Aleksandra Krolik

You know what it’s like being new in the job. Every time I start, I’m thinking about making my boss happy while completing tasks without angering the stakeholders (which also wouldn’t help with the former). You feel like plankton in a shark tank. You go with the flow, and you don’t even…

Improvements on design processes

Tabea Rauscher

This blog post is about how my team handles design and production requests and about the new processes, routines and workflows we have put in place. While things are far from perfect, it’s a chance to blow the trumpet for my team and share how we are working.

Joining the design sprint

Cian OLuanaigh

I’ve spent my first month at EMBL settling in, meeting talented people, and working out how the various digital projects that StratComm has planned will fit together. We have a whole host of digital objectives – revamping embl.org, improving the intranet, fixing Search, creating a unified…

Corporate design sprint 4

Tabea Rauscher

In previous Corporate Design sprints we defined font, colours and logo positioning. In the fourth corporate design sprint (CDSprint 4), which kicked off last week, we want to explore the very first applications of these elements together to shape a consistent new look and feel across different…

Digital Release Phases

Mark Boulton

Delivering digital products used to be about working in a ‘waterfall’ way: first gathering requirements, then writing lengthy technical specifications, drawing Gant charts, estimating delays and expense and so on. Maybe something would get released at some point. Maybe it would be good.…

On EMBL’s graphic design history

Tabea Rauscher

“Look back to move forwards” is a well-known saying. Thus, I recently turned to EMBL’s archivist, Anne-Flore Laloë, who helped me to search EMBL’s amazing archive to learn how EMBL has depicted itself through the years. Maybe knowing more about our first visual identity could help us…