The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was founded by the inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, and is responsible for key standards that make the World Wide Web work (such as HTML, CSS, accessibility, web payments and more).
W3C is incrementally redesigning its website and revising the information architecture to:
- Show the world who we are and what we offer.
- Improve the organization and usability of the website for key audiences.
- Communicate the W3C brand more effectively.
- Motivate people to participate in the organization.
W3C are doing this because their website is supposed to show the world who they are and what they offer. While the current website is well-designed:
- It is hard to navigate.
- It is out-dated in look and non-consistently responsive.
- It has too much content that is unsorted.
- It lacks a cohesive look.
When the project started, Coralie Mercier, Head of W3C Marketing & Communications said:
“I am delighted to partner with Studio 24 as we embark on this project. We haven’t done a website redesign in a very long time. In fact, in the 21 years I’ve been with the W3C, I remember only 3 different designs, the current one being from a decade ago. Redesigning our website is crucial to improve the overall experience of those who depend on us for our Web standards work. As W3C makes the Web work for everyone, Studio 24 will help make our website work better for everyone.”
Coralie is the project lead, and is the head of the W3C marketing and communications. She has been at the W3C since 1999. Coralie manages the Consortium’s communication activities, including messaging, press relations, the W3C website, branding, marketing, internal, public and member communications.
Vivien has been the head of the W3C Systems Team since April 2018 and leads a team of eight people. Vivien joined W3C in 2003 as Webmaster. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science, specializing in Networks, and a degree in Computer Programming.
Jean-Gui is the most knowledgeable person in the Systems Team as far as the W3C complicated website works. He was part of the 2008/2009 team who set-up the in-house CMS currently being used. He is the team PHP expert and is experienced in Symfony and Wordpress. Jean-Gui joined W3C in 2006 as Webmaster. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science, specializing in Networks, and a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Gerald joined the W3C Systems Team in 1997 and helps maintain W3C’s system infrastructure including the web and mail servers, mailing lists and publishing tools. He created the W3C HTML validator based on an earlier validation service he began as a student. Prior to joining W3C, Gerald worked at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and as a technical writer for IBM Canada in Toronto. Gerald has a Bachelor of Science with specialization in Computing Science from the University of Alberta. His motivation is to help us move from our complex infrastructure to something that is easier to maintain and that follows today’s best practices on website and infrastructure and hosting.