IISD SDG Knowledge Hub.

A hub for news and resources on the Global Goals.

The world has goals for all: to deliver them, we need information for all. As the world negotiated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it was always acknowledged that everyone would have to work together if the global community wanted to achieve its high ambitions. With this in mind, IISD challenged us to help them develop a new knowledge hub, opening up over eight years of accumulated expertise so the whole world can take the pulse of the sustainable development movement.

We knew we needed to build something that piques curiosity at every turn and helps people to find the links between each of the SDGs. It had to be a space for people to find new information that inspires new actions, a place that hastens rather than hinders collaboration. Working together over a few months, we designed and developed not just a dynamic web application, but a springboard for people to jump off into IISD’s vast pool of knowledge. Dive in right now…

Visual clues.

We’ve used the website’s design to add in subtle clues that help guide the user toward the information they seek. For example, as you hover over the SDG ring on the homepage, a number appears, telling you which goal that segment is about. When you click on a segment, a box pops up with details on how many articles and policy briefs have been written on that goal. You may also notice that the length of each segment has been extended, representing the scale of how much has been written about each goal.

Fast, dynamic searches.

With more than 30,000 content items to explore, it’s essential that they can be filtered quickly to find the most relevant information. The filter bar on the news page provides extremely specific filter options. Although this means it’s harder to keep the Javascript and AJAX functionality simple, some careful query building and the use of specific caching meant we were able to build a site that is fast and maintains full functionality.

Goals for all means information for all.

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