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How often have you visited a website for a specific piece of information that you know must be in there somewhere, but the design or structure of the site makes it almost impossible to find?

This is something that Oxygen strives to avoid wherever possible and we pride ourselves in working closely with clients to present data to the user in as clear and concise manner possible, with the minimum of mouse clicks.

We recently demonstrated this well in a project we undertook for the Custom and Self Build Toolkit 

The website provides practical guidance for people and organisations that want to facilitate custom and self build housing projects and provides a wealth of resources including case studies of building projects from around the world.

The projects are so varied we needed a simple approach for the user to filter and sort the information and, after some discussion with our client, we narrowed down the criteria that could be used to categorise almost any building project – cost and location.

Using the simple interface, the user can filter the list of case studies without the page reloading (a pet hate of ours). The case studies are narrowed down to two sections: one for exact matches and a second for possible matches based on information generated by an algorithm. A brief synopsis of each study is shown along with a link to the full case study.

The case studies themselves contain an extensive amount of information in a format that is replicated across all the resources. Colours, icons and sections are used to display the information clearly and in a logical order without too much jargon.

Users can download the case study in PDF format and there is a further section that contains links to related resources.

Even if self-building isn’t your thing, you may find some of the projects fascinating.

(http://customandselfbuildtoolkit.org.uk/case-studies/)

Paul Barrett: Paul is a self-taught web developer and has been with Oxygen for 5 years. He has an unrivalled knowledge of PHP and open source web development.