A small federal agency named Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation (CCF) solicited bids for a new website. We won the contract and went to work with the agency’s administration. The contract’s performance period was quite short and we put our full-time efforts into this job. CCF is dedicated to advocating for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in middle and high schools. They sponsor summer camps and scholarships for students and recognize outstand STEM teachers. They had four legacy websites that they asked us to combine into one comprehensive site. Outreach and advocacy of STEM education were the stated goals.
We collaborated with CCF leadership and staff to get the agency’s positioning and persona documented. We took this information and used it to design a site in keeping with the organization’s core values and mission. We then spent many days securing photos and documents that we would later coalesce into the new site. Gathering, sorting and evaluating hundreds of documents was a daunting and time-consuming task. In the end, an information architecture emerged and we were able to build the site’s dozens of pages in a fairly short period.
The new site garnered attention and praise from multiple circles, including other federal agencies and educators. The agency’s civilian oversight board was pleased with the work we had done.
On January 20, 2017, CCF temporarily suspended business operations as a federal agency and launched a nonprofit organization named Columbus Fellowship Foundation (CFF) to continue its work in STEM education. Buzzquake was hired to establish a new, “.org” website, archive the old, “.gov” website, and transfer all content to the new site.