Non-Profit

Outward Bound Training Academy

Services:

  • Custom WordPress
  • User Experience Design
  • Web Design

About the Organization

Launched in 2022 as an initiative of Outward Bound Canada, the Training Academy addresses the representation gap within the outdoor sector. They provide technical skill development and social and emotional competencies for Canada’s future outdoor leaders.

Objectives:
  • Improve reach and engagement through branded storytelling
  • Design a site architecture and navigational flow that enable easier browsing
  • Drive conversion of site visitors into leads and registrants
  • Implement a search-friendly blog to improve brand storytelling, engagement, and SEO
  • Establish SEO foundations to increase search engine traffic and drive future growth
  • Implement a fully responsive solution backed by WordPress CMS

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PHASE 1

Prototyping

Outward Bound Canada has been creating access to youth outdoor adventures since 1969. Their training academy had grown too big for their main website, and needed a home of its own to showcase their programs and courses.

The primary focus of this web design project was building a clean, simple structure that’s engaging for their audience to navigate and explore – and just as easy for their team to manage, as courses need frequent updates. This website was also one of the first to be built on our proprietary site builder plugin, Foundry.

PHASE 2

Style

The new Outward Bound Training site needed to look and feel similar to the main Outward Bound site, so that users would feel reassured that it’s the same organization and trusted reputation. We took care to match their branding, but gave the new design unique touches like rounded edges on the photos, geometric backgrounds, and vivid green accents and hover effects.

Phase 3

Bringing it All Together

The all-new Outward Bound Training site feels like a breath of clean outdoor air with its earthy palette and bright, authentic photography. Finding answers or learning about information sessions is quick and easy to do. The new program and course pages give their team content to amplify as part of their marketing strategy. And the site is incredibly flexible and customizable, so their team can quickly update existing courses and add new ones as the academy grows.

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