Mobile-first wireframes produced to ensure strong hierachy of content and IA.
High fidelity browser implementation produced from pattern library components.
The existing No Man's Sky website was developed as a hybrid WordPress CMS with some static html resources. It was decided to maintain the WordPress platform as this was familiar to the team and contain a wealth of valuable exisitng content.
The solution delivered was a new WordPress theme with accompanying Pattern Library and necessary features to include the previously separate static resrouces. This enabled a seamless upgrade from the existing site whilst maintaining familiarity to those responsible for the content and also offering new visual capabilities via the pattern library implementation.
For all of our website projects, we produce a pattern library and style guide. This is a collection of reusable visual components that can be used to collate the site content. Utilising a pattern library over a set of individually designed pages ensures a more consistent and flexible presentation of content. This also helps ensure that content prepared by the content management system users will adhere to the technical requirements necessary to deliver a responsive website that performs on all size devices from mobile phones to large desktop monitors.
For such a small team, No Man's Sky has become a phenomenally popular title both in terms of copies of the game sold and the amount of media coverage it has received. Because of this we knew there would be significant demand on the site when new news about the game or updates is shared. We leveraged Microsoft's Azure cloud services to host the site on a scalable, robust environment. Leveraging storage services for static assets such as images alongside CDN for performant localised loading offset a lot of the load onto appropriate services. We also leveraged Redis caching services to further reduce load and improve performance of the site. Utilising this infrastructure the site has been able to hold up to the demands of the title's significant audience.