Humboldt Community Access and Resource Center Website Design

Client: Humboldt Community Access and Resource Center
Project Launched: September 1, 2022

Project Description

Several devices showing the HCAR website
HCAR reached out to us noting that they didn’t currently have a web presence, and they needed help getting their organization online. We were currently managing the website for the Canvas and Clay Gallery, one of their programs, and they were looking for a site with similar aesthetics and functionality so that they could partially manage it themselves in the future.

In the immediate term, we built a “coming soon” page so that their URL was displaying their name and basic contact information. Once that was in place, we built a complete site using custom layouts to best fit their organization and help guide their users to the information they needed as quickly as possible.

This site was built in WordPress, using the Cornerstone framework for the most control over the site’s design. We relied on Cornerstone’s dynamic data types and custom CSS to help make maintenance easier in the future. The site was then hosted on Managed Hosting, giving them the peace of mind that their site was backed up and secured.

Inspiration & Themes

Element highlights from the HCAR website

HCAR wanted their site’s design to be heavily influenced by the local environment. Also, since many of their users are developmentally disabled, ease of use and ADA compliance are paramount.

To help meet these two desires, we paired earthen tones with sharp corners, giving high contrast while emulating natural tones found in the area. Fonts followed a similar pattern, focusing on both legibility and an organic feel. Headings are set in Gideon Roman, while body copy is set in Open Sans. Finally, images have a heavy focus on people, with a goal of having images being program participants and community members.

Technical Details

The site is built on WordPress, with a completely custom theme using the Cornerstone site builder. Content is displayed in several places with Cornerstone’s custom data types and loopers, eliminating duplicate data entry and easing management in the future.

The site is hosted using our Managed Hosting to ensure that their site stays secure and updated, and is using advanced caching and dedicated mail servers to keep it loading as quickly as possible and ensure messages from the site are delivered.

A full-page preview of the HCAR site, which fades out halfway down the page

Client’s Thoughts

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