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The future of pandemic preparedness

CEPI’s (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation) mission is to accelerate the development of vaccines and other biologic countermeasures against epidemic and pandemic threats so they can be accessible to all people in need. 

As part of this mission, CEPI recognised that they needed a secure, flexible, user-centric site that met the needs of a diverse set of users, to showcase the great work they do, with the aim to create a future in which epidemics and pandemics are no longer a threat to humanity.

the brief.

Since the pandemic CEPI had seen huge growth in their organisation, and while their digital offering had grown this had resulted in 3 separate sites that housed a range of content aimed at specific users with differing needs. Including investors, journalists, academic researchers, scientific organisations & philanthropists. CEPI wanted to bring this content into one place with the aim of it being easy to navigate, searchable and accessible. 

Additionally due to the nature of the work CEPI does, it needed to be highly secure, yet flexible and scalable. Using CEPIs striking brand to create a visually stunning site, with added moments of joy through motion and animation.

what we did.

Using our 5Ds project framework (Discover, Define, Design, Develop and Deliver), we first conducted a range of activities to understand, in detail, the specific needs of the users; what they wanted from the site, what they’re looking for and how they consumed content. We did this through site audits (technical & UX), a review of existing site data and stakeholder interviews & workshops, across a diverse and international stakeholder landscape.

We used the user testing insights to create an information architecture, map key user journeys then produce wireframes & prototypes for user testing.

We then used this further insight to create a design system, design flexible components and plan the architecture of the site. Working in collaboration with the CEPI team all throughout this process.

In our development phase we used Drupal to create a flexible CMS for the CEPI comms teams, alongside React, Gatsby & component library to create an accessible, performant, user focused front end and working alongside a third party utilising Azure to provide a secure infrastructure.

the results.

industry leading.

A single site filled with moments of joy that showcases CEPI’s strong, visual brand, whilst creating a seamless user experience for all visitors. Elegantly illustrating CEPI’s impressive statistics towards achieving their goal of equitable access of vaccines for those in need.

built with care.

Our lighthouse scores (mechanism for measuring a site’s performance) speak for themselves. Achieving 100% in Best Practice and scoring highly across Performance (66% increase from original site), Accessibility (15% increase) & SEO (10% increase).

strong partnerships.

Of course we didn’t achieve this alone, we worked alongside some fantastic clients at CEPI. Who collaborated with us at each step of the process and whose input was invaluable into understanding the aim of the new site.

We’re incredibly proud to have created such a fantastic site, but we’re equally proud to have created a lasting relationship with CEPI.

The Aer team have really gone above and beyond – and this is not lost on me. So thank you. We’ve created something very special together and something I’m sure will be the envy of CEPI’s global peers. Most importantly – you’ve created a critically useful resource for the world – a resource that will increasingly become a hub for all things Pandemic Preparedness.

Mario Christodoulou
– Head of Digital Content