Successfully linking academia and industry
The UC Quake Centre is a dynamic partnership between the New Zealand Government, the University of Canterbury, and several leading industry groups, all working together to provide world-class knowledge, research and solutions for the engineering sector.
The annual workshop is an exciting opportunity to share project progress with the industry partners who fund and support them. The Quake Centre turned to Like-Minded to help them layout the complex and technical content as posters for use in the workshop, and as a takeaway booklet.
Making the ‘different’ look ‘the same’
The first step to success, was to ask the presenters to use a template and fill it with their content. Our instructional designer liaised personally with each author to ensure that we fully understood the key messages and the proportional representation each message needed on the poster. They also encouraged the use of consistent language between authors, and in our visual design, we didn’t stray from our branded colour palette and treatment of graphics.
From NZ dam soil to concrete research, from seismic isolation to low damage dry-wall design, the posters all had the same coordinated, sharp, professional style.
Process is everything
We have been supporting the UC Quake Centre workshops since 2014 and over that time have developed a robust process, based on documented standards and reusable templates.
Reusing this effective go-to process each year means that we continually save our client time and money, and they know they are going to be the proud owners of a professional product for each and every workshop.
“We are evolving a long-term partnership with Like-Minded and they have become an integral part of the learning delivery aspect of the Quake Centre business. Like-Minded are extremely easy to work with, are highly professional, and actually do what they say they are going to do! We have worked with them now on a range of initiatives from learning resources to complex, multi-party project management.”
Dr Robert Finch, Director, UC Quake Centre