scientific and technical website design

Web design by CookandKaye
specialists in online education, mapping and scientific websites

Our core business is web design. We work to current W3C international guideleines for HTML to produce attractive, durable websites that have the broadest possible compatibility with modern browsers. Typically we test against five browsers on three operating systems before releasing any of our sites into the wild!

Our sites are flexible and can be delivered to a range of platforms including mobile devices and the printed page.

Most of our sites are designed and built entirely by us, but we also offer a code testing and verification/correction service to other design houses. Please contact us if you are interested in this service.

Below are some of our most recent projects, you can browse some of the others by category in the website design menu, or view an archive of our websites from the last 15 years in the endorsements section.

Recent websites

Screenshot of the mobile version of the UKSB website.

UK Society for Biomaterials (UKSB), 2019

The UK Society for Biomaterials (UKSB) is a non-profit organization working to develop novel biomaterials to tackle current clinical needs for medical devices, prosthetics and for regenerative medicine. Their membership interests include medical materials science, biosensors, biomechanics, biocompatibility, tissue engineering, and many other subjects.

The site home page introduces the society and showcases its online presence on the Twitter platform.

More information.


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On-line Safety System (OSS), 2019

Developed with the School of Medicine at the University of Sheffield; the Online-Safety System provides a gateway to safety management for members of the School. It includes CoSHH, which has been adapted to make it more relevant for biological agents. There is also an on-line substance safety data catalogue, and the Standard Operating Procedures library. The Risk Assessments system (STAR), developed for the University, is linked from within OSS.

More information on the On-line Safety System.


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Online Safety Audit, 2019

Developed with Health and Safety at the University of Sheffield, the online safety audit system provides a uniform evaluation procedure for safety across the University. The system is based on a large set of standard questionnaires targeted at different aspects of the management of health and safety issues within each constituent school and department within the University.

More information.


European Society of Biomechanics Conference Portal, 2018

The European Society of Biomechanics Conference Portal allows the ESB to keep its congress abstracts online at minimal cost to the society. For a number of years we ran their conferences through OCS (Open Conference Software). Regrettably this software very painful to use, so we never advertised it for fear that someone else might want the service!

More recently congress organising committees have turned to proprietary managed conference hosting packages. This left the twin problems of extracting congress archives from the old OCS platform, and also archiving the new congress abstracts, to save the ongoing costs of paying for conference management package long after the conference has finished!

To do this we constructed a new WordPress site for the conference portal, that the conference organisers can add the discriptive side for the new conference. While the conference is active this points to the proprietary conference management solution. After the conference has finished, we take the archive dump, remove the personal information, and re-build it as a custom template in WordPress to allow the archive to be accessed (in perpetuity?).

The image above left is from the Vienna congress site in 2019.


Spinner logo designed by CookandKaye.

SPINNER - Next Generation Spine Experts, 2018

Screenshot of the Spinner website in 2019.

Spinner is a doctoral training programme aimed at Bioengineering early stage researchers, to train bioengineers to be in a position to design the next generation of repair materials and techniques for spine surgery. SPINNER brings together partners from the biomaterials (Finceramica), implantable devices (Aesculap), and computational modelling (Ansys, Adagos) industries with orthopaedic clinicians (National Centre for Spinal Disorders, NCSD) and academic experts in cell, tissue and organ scale biomaterials and medical device testing (Universities of Sheffield and Bologna).

The design brief included the logo, shown top left. The site is built in WordPress, with an initial temporary site using a generic WordPress template, to get the programme publicity quickly, and allow the recruitment of suitable doctoral candidates. A screenshot of the desktop version of the final website is shown left.


Screen shot of the SAERI website

South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI), 2017

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) a Research Institute conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica. SAERIā€™s remit includes the natural and physical sciences. It aims to conduct world class research, teach students, and build capacity within and between the South Atlantic Overseas Territories.

The site is built in the popular WordPress content management system, to permit SAERI staff to perform updates. There is a custom database link allowing visitors to access SAERI's extensive Metadata Catalogue for South Atlantic territories online.


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Online Risk Assessment (STAR), 2017

The STAR (Stop, Think, Act, Review) risk assessment (RA) system was developed with Health and Safety at the University of Sheffield. It harmonises risk management across the University. Four access levels provide fine-grain control over user capabilities within the system, from student users working under the supervision of an academic member of staff (or junior colleague working under their line-manager) in a single department through to super administrators with an overview of the activity at a University wide level.

More information.


Screenshot of the TCES website taken in 2019.

Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES), 2016

Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES) has the aim of furthering knowledge, research and dissemination of information on cell and tissue engineering. Founded in 1999 by people coming from many different scientific disciplines and environments (industry, universities, research centres, government agencies) across the United Kingdom, TCES aims to promote the propagation of scientific information, stimulate the creation of research programmes, co-operate with other scientific organisations, and act as a source of expert information related to tissue and cell engineering.

The site was built in WordPress using the 'mobile first' design docterine, with the inclusion of News, Facebook and Twitter feeds in the home page. There is a separate login secured section for membership information and payments.

The screenshot above left was taken from a smartphone.


The High Polymer website screenshot on a smart phone in 2019.

The High Polymer Research Group, 2016

The High Polymer Research Group runs one of the most prestigious international polymer conferences. Established in 1960, with its first conference in 1961, the group has held annual conferences ever since that date.

We took on the site in 2007, replacing an earlier website that was unusable if you did not run Internet Explorer (a browser that is no-longer supported). The new site featured online payments (using PayPal), and has an archive of previous programmes (by tradition, no formal minutes are kept for High Polymer Research Group meetings). The most recent update in 2016 saw the introduction of a more mobile friendly design (shown above left), and secure certificates for safer browsing.


Screen shot of the Sheffield Biomaterials & Bioengineering research website

Sheffield Biomaterials & Bioengineering 2016

Sheffield Biomaterials & Bioengineering is focussed on translational research in the fields of Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Bioengineering.

The site is built using the popular WordPress content management system with minimal changes to a standard WordPress template, to provide the group with an attractive site that they can maintain themeselves, at minimum financial cost to the research effort!


Screenshot of mobile version of DARE alloys site, 2015.

Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency (DARE), 2015

DARE is an ambitious project to invigorate UK based metallurgy based industries, drawing academic partners from Cambridge, Imperial, Kings and Sheffield. Industrial partners include pretty much all of the UK's metals industry.

The website was designed in two phases, an initial 'quick-build' site provided the project with an online presence pretty much instantly. Subsequently we worked up a more refined design to include a logo prepared by Sebastian Conran Associates.

The final design includes a 'splash page' with a simplified menu to help visitors find what they want quickly. For this page we had a full page scaling background image of metal turnings ('swarf'). Interior pages have feature images, many of which are derived from the project members. Initial content was based on the grant proposal, permitting us to assemble a rich website quickly, without taking up the time of lead researchers while they were working on getting the project started.

The screenshot above left is taken from the mobile version of the site. More about the DARE site design in our news pages.


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Stores Purchase Management (SPM), 2015

The Stores Purchase Management (SPM) system, developed in 2015, allows the in-house management of inventory while helping ensure that users have the required safety and operational training. The system has been used for managing central (Grubbs) dry solvent supplies, gas cylinders, liquified gasses, and general stores items.

More information.


COSHH Liverpool screen shot showing hazard summary form.

COSHH Liverpool, 2015

The COSHH system for the Department of CHemistry at the University of Liverpool introduces a number of new developments, including a printable one-page COSHH summary form for display over the place of work, providing a quick visual guide to the hazards in use.

Dealing with personal safety in the research environment, COSHH systems are protected, and access is not available to the general public.


We have been working in web-design for more than 20 years, and trading as CookandKaye since August 2003. You can view a (nearly) complete archive of our work in our Web Archive.

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