Busy bees

The last fortnight has been incredibly busy:

Nick and I finished off the client side design for “Posters at Lincoln” which was well received by MARCOMMS and will be soft launching in the next few weeks.

Preview of Posters at Lincoln site
Preview of Posters at Lincoln site

Posters at Lincoln will be the first Lincoln site to use the new “common web design” that I designed. The CWD is going to be rolled out to other sites over the coming months including Enterprise@Lincoln, Blogs, Network Access (LUNA), Wireless Access, Pay for Print, Print From My PC and the Library Portal. We’ve set up a blog at thecwd.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk to show off some of the new sites we’re making.

A preview of the "common web design"
A preview of the "common web design"

I’ve started laying down some of the ground work for the new APIs that we’re developing for use in new applications. So far we’ve got the starts of an authentication API (which can be interacted with via OAuth, SAML or Shibboleth), a basic library API which interacts with Horizon, and Nick has been working on an API that integrates with the Virtual Project Office system.

In my spare time I’ve developed an OAuth server for the CodeIgniter framework which I’m currently integrating with Phil Sturgeon‘s CodeIngiter REST server which we’re using as the basis for the APIs mentioned above.

Apparently our open API is giving our customers unprecenteded control over their own lives allowing them to seize control of their destinies. So please shut it down.
Apparently our open API is giving our customers unprecenteded control over their own lives allowing them to seize control of their destinies. So please shut it down.

Some how I’ve also managed to attend a couple of lectures and submit an Artificial Intelligence assignment in there as well!

All in all I’m thoroughly enjoying my new job in the Online Services Team, however I will admit to struggling to not work outside of work hours – some of the stuff we’re working on / have planned is just so much fun!

Looking… Good?

We’re entering the last mile of developing CWD 2.0, possibly the biggest change to the design of the University’s online services since ever. We thought we’d share a few of the ideas we’ve been bouncing around so that you can see how the CWD will look in multiple locations. As you’ll be able to see, the CWD allows for each site to be clearly branded (for easy identification) whilst still remaining firmly within the unified design.


Self explanatory – this will become the new default theme for all University of Lincoln blogs. Each blog will be able to change the banner independently.

Library & Learning Resources

A new design for the Library and Learning Resources provisions wherever we can get in to customise the design.

My Lincoln

A mythical new system for unifying preferences and settings around the University, My Lincoln comes in four flavours which a user can switch between depending on their home campus.

Network Access

A cleaner, more stylish way of logging in to the University’s network from Student Village and Riseholme Park accommodation.


Abstract splotches and swirls of colour tie together the University’s print services Pay For Print and Print From My PC, along with any new services developed in the future.


One of the new sites to archive the myriad of posters around the University, the banner image on this one is actually generated on-the-fly using old posters.