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Seetha Kumar Seetha Kumar | 12:00 UK time, Tuesday, 16 February 2010

suppliers_600.jpgWhat a great start to the week. I started my morning yesterday at the BBC Online Suppliers Design Expo, looking at work showcased by Aardman Digital, Ico Design and Magic Lantern amongst many others. A visual treat and a pilot initiative - the first BBC online supplier exhibition focused on design.

About 30 suppliers were present, hand-picked from over 100 applicants - no easy feat as the judges had been overwhelmed by the standard on offer. There was real enthusiasm and ambition and I am hopeful the showcase will lead to a host of creative opportunities to work together.

User experience and design is core to what we do - it's our touch point with our audiences. What better way to raise the imaginative and quality bar than by exploring inspired partnerships with the industry.

A case in point is the creative partnership we've had over the last few months with influential designer Neville Brody. You may recall the BBC Trust tasked us about 2 years ago, to make the BBC website greater than the sum of its parts, so the user had a more coherent experience via better navigation across the site. Neville and his agency, Research Studios, have been working with us on this journey.

In the following post, to be published later today (Ed's update: it's now available here), our Head of UX&D, Bronwyn Van Der Merwe, introduces the new global visual language for the BBC's digital services.

Seetha Kumar is Controller, BBC Online.



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