We recently created a brand new platform for Briefbox and to help you get started with any queries you may have we’ve put together a breakdown of what’s new and a list of the most frequently asked questions.
What are the changes?
The Briefbox brand has stood the test of time for the last 5 years, but like all good brands, change and evolution is essential to represent the updates and improvements our product has gone through. Our design team have re-worked our brand elements including our identity, tone of voice and brand assets
New platform and functionality:
Under the hood, the new Briefbox site is a million miles away from what the current version is built on. Expect 99.9% uptime, bullet speed site loading times and a clean, lightweight code base to ensure all user interactions are seamless and uninterrupted. We’ve changed our complete code base from scratch making the switch from an older PHP CMS into a custom built Learning Management System (LMS), built in the liquid programming language.
New course player and structured learning:
After countless surveys and user interviews with our most active existing students, it became apparent that the current format for working through the briefs lacked structure and guidance. We decided to completely overhaul the functionality around this. Our new course player enables us to break briefs and courses up into mini segments that students can easily work through and complete as they go. We’ve switched from simple article based briefs which felt overwhelming into a curriculum style format to help guide users through each key phase of a brief or course.
Brief sets and courses
We’ve re-written, revamped and organised our briefs into clearly defined topics, disciplines and themes to help give our students better clarity around what to focus on. Previously our full library would be accessible — but after much feedback from our user interviews — it was clear that many people felt overwhelmed by the options available. We’ve gone from a warehouse with no shelves and limited categorisation into a well organised, structured supermarket :). As well as discipline specific brief sets, we’ve introduced themed sets and topics like our brand new ‘Killer Homepages’ set and the ‘Designing For the Music Industry’ set, all planned for the upcoming launch in early May.
Brand new user dashboard and progress tracker:
All briefs and courses, as well as being re-written and organised into mini sets and topics, are now included in your brand new user dashboard, which highlights what you are currently working on and how much progress you have made. Work through the brand new, updated briefs in your own time whilst building up essential case studies and projects to use in your portfolio.