The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

I’ve been doing some work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on a website to support community engagement with Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022.

Working from the winning emblem designed by Edward Roberts, I worked iteratively with the DCMS team on a simple design that treads a line between the design languages of Government, the Royal Household and something more informal and participative.

The site is built on a new starter theme framework of mine, based on WordPress’ bare-bones Underscores framework, plus Bootstrap 5. It incorporates a flexible custom page-builder system so much of the site can share the same modular template.

Content is structured using custom post types and custom fields, with a workflow system to process user-contributed submissions smoothly for approval and give editors control over how and where items are listed.

It’s been an interesting site to work on, seeing how some of the new digital controls for government web projects work in practice. For instance, the site has been independently audited for privacy compliance, and for accessibility conformance, and we’ve worked hard to ensure it follows good practice.

I’ll be helping to support the site in the run-up to the Jubilee weekend in June 2022 including further sprints of development work as required, and managing the site retirement later in 2022.