Digital Transformation for Higher Education

At Domain7, we’ve planned, designed, and launched some of the globe’s most noteworthy work in the education space—award winning redesigns, custom-developed platforms, intuitive digital design systems, and leadership-level consulting across departments, institutions, and audiences. For us, the heart of the work is in people-first digital transformations, and that means working with the students, the staff, the alumni, and the faculty to create digital solutions that matter.

We're sharing what we've learned from 20 years of partnerships with universities and colleges.

From user research to cultural facilitation, here's our hard-won insights on what you should consider before embarking on your next digital project. 


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Technical systems design and build

Examples: A revamped student portal; a Drupal 8 configuration

Our deep tech team develops and builds end-to-end solutions across all your platforms. The end result: connected teams and no more silos. Through integrated digital solutions, we help your staff discover key insights and work collaboratively and efficiently. 

Brand and user experience leadership

Examples: A new UI library connected to a system; university brand exploration

Consistent, accessible digital experiences are key in retaining and recruiting students. Our personalized, people-centric solutions put students first, through intuitive, tested-and-proven experience design.

Involving any department

Examples: Standalone digital tools for alumni, adult learning/continuing studies, HR/careers, student services, and others

We take our clients through a holistic process that results in seamless solutions addressing educators’ needs across departments and faculties. From web development to design, UX to business analysis: Our multi-talented, diverse team brings a wide range of transformational tools to the table.

Think beyond the redesign.

Domain7 transforms systems and culture, with new architecture and builds, standalone departmental apps, leadership-level brand exploration, and even design thinking sessions on the future of education.


Imperial College London

Creating a welcoming, accessible place for a diverse audience.

As one of the world’s top science schools, serving a global audience of prospective students from both the UK and countries around the world, Imperial knew that attracting talent meant planning for diversity. Their student base needed deep accessibility: technology that worked across multiple devices, languages and learning styles.

A thorough, mobile-friendly redesign of Imperial College’s public-facing site that passed gold-standard accessibility tests—from W3C to AAA compliance.

2015 Heist Awards, Silver
Category: Best Website

2015 Webby Awards Honoree
Category: Education

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"We don't know where the next Stephen Hawking is going to come from, or where our next brilliant breakthroughs will emerge. But the world must welcome brilliant minds to the table. Accessibility must take the lead."

Pamela Agar, former Digital Lead, Imperial College London


University of Redlands

A cultural and digital powerhouse

University of Redlands is one of the oldest educational institutions west of the Mississippi. To cement Redlands’ standing as a leader in American education, the university needed to create a cohesive sense of place and identity. It became clear early on that quick-win digital tools or one-off marketing gloss weren’t the answer. What Redlands needed was a process that truly engaged the university’s community while drawing attention to the university’s authentic services and stories.

A comprehensive digital experience that puts culture first. Redlands new digital home includes improved admissions and financial aid services, as well as dozens of template styles for a flexible visual experience that can be adapted to any device.

Inviting Redlands’ community into the process turned the university’s new digital home into a cultural hub as well as a digital one. Being involved in the creation process allowed students and staff to feel a sense of ownership and pride. As a result,  campus-wide staff of more than a hundred people are now actively engaged in creating content online—building a rich legacy of storytelling that captures the history and future of Redlands’ community.


"The inclusive nature of the entire project is an ongoing process. We continue to reap benefits in many ways. The concept of involving stakeholders and actively inviting potential roadblock makers into the conversation helps us all."

Jaye Howard , Manager of Web Strategy & Interactive Services, ​University of Redlands


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

A digital home befitting a world leader in health

The  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, yet stakeholders felt that LSHTM’s digital home didn’t reflect the school’s important role in public health in the UK as well as global health. An outdated content management system made it difficult for content creators to tell the school’s rich stories and the hit-and-miss search functionality posed a challenge for LSHTM’s audiences—students, staff, donors and partners—in finding the content they were looking for.

An accessible, on-brand digital experience that reflects the school’s impact and its profile as a world centre of excellence. Domain7 came alongside LSHTM to identify challenges and develop solutions around user needs, site usability and integrated systems. The end result includes a superior authoring experience powered by Drupal 8, improved search functionality that integrates with all of LSHTM’s databases and systems, and increased accessibility for users of assistive, mobile and low-bandwidth devices. 

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"Domain 7 is delivering beyond expectations in terms of design and development. The entire team is professional, responsive, adaptive and innovative—and I’d recommend them to anybody looking to execute their digital strategies more effectively."

Jon Faulkner, Chief Information Officer

Are you ready to see how the next generation of learners can be supported through people-first, forward-looking technology choices? 

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