The case
Design / UX
Naturalis is the center for biodiversity. A major renovation of the building ensures that there is room for the impressive collection of objects, research facilities and the museum. From the closure of the museum in September 2018, the corporate website became more crucial than ever. In terms of communication.
Project description
DPDK developed the strategy, the UX and design of the new online Naturalis. A wonderful concept! SWIS and Naturalis developed within seven weeks the new website, including user research (lab-setting).

With our thoughtful Drupal 8 distribution based on the paragraphs module, we developed a fully-fledged website for (inter)national visitors, including motion and complex transitions.

The website informs visitors about the renovation; in addition, it is the portal to inspiring and informative content about nature. Naturalis online aspires to be thé place for anyone who wants to discover more about nature.
The biggest challenge was to realize an MVP within a very short time with the right experience of motion and complex transitions. We used to paragraphs-module to create building-blocks for webpages. Including pre-formatted animation. Little creatures that crawl on your screen. WOW!

Since the Naturalis was closed by the renovation, the website was still open. We want to inspire website-visitors, despite the fact that Naturalis itself is closed. Because a visit to Naturalis museum is an awesome experience!

Motions and complex transitions are build with Lottie-web. An adobe after effects renderer built by Airbnb. The website is also linked to the Converis, a research information system, to synchronize all scientific articles every night. This is done through the Migrations API. And last but not least: Salesforce Marketingcloud is also linked for newsletter subscriptions. Which triggers a marketing automation.

We’ve learned from user research (labsetting) that a menu item “practical information” had to be added. This was one of the surprising additions to the developed strategy, UX and designs.
Community contributions
We have submitted a number of patches during and after the development of this project:
Drupal core
• Contextual Links do not respect pathPrefix updated 9 Nov 2018 at 06:39 UTC
• Processing paths in LanguageNegotiationUserAdmin causes 404s while accessing private files updated 7 Oct 2018 at 21:59 UTC

• Call to a member function id() on null updated 1 Apr 2019 at 10:19 UTC
• Stemming cache should be per language updated 8 Dec 2018 at 13:14 UTC

• Wrong config prefix for pipelines updated 25 Aug 2018 at 06:04 UTC
• Call to a member function id() on null updated 1 Apr 2019 at 10:19 UTC
• Disabled element types can still be created by users with update access updated 30 Jan 2019 at 08:04 UTC