Have objectives been met?
- Promote the purchasing of honey through a range of honey based recipes.
- Yes, five recipes based around honey as a key ingredient have been included in the website, therefore promoting the purchasing of honey.
- Inform people on the various issues impacting bees at a varied level of detail.
- There are many differing levels of detail on the site allowing users to engage with the subject as deeply as they choose. The climate change article offers an in-depth informative article detailing the story of a local beekeeper, and highlights the potential issues surrounding weather, climate change, and protection of the environment – fairly heavy subjects. Whilst being complex, this story also allows the average reader to relate to the story as the beekeeper featured is a typical guy, who could be your nextdoor neighbour, or even yourself. At the other end of the spectrum, the site offers simple bee facts, and an informative slideshow to engage people on a visual level.
- Create an intuitive and simple learning platform that works well as a tablet-optimised site and normal site.
- Throughout the design process this objective has been key, and the final product is, in my opinion, an effective website, which works well both on tablet and PC, despite the problems thrown up by Wix.
- Enable people to create bee habitat in their own outdoor spaces, no matter the size, via an academic endorsed bee-friendly planting guide.
- The site offers two ways for users to take what they have learned and put that into beneficial actions. The ’bee-friendly planting’ article and ’build your own bee house’ article both promote the idea that people should get outside and create bee habitat, and they offer ways promoted and backed by an academic.
Aim: To educate the general public on the plight of bees, and to enable them to make a beneficial difference through a variety of stimulating resources.
- I feel that the aim has been met very well. The project ethos to ’educate and enable’ has been key throughout, and has helped ensure that the project remained on track, and relevant. The website offers a lot of educational material, which will hopefully inspire people to utilise the articles designed to enable them to make a beneficial difference.
What has the project discovered? Key findings?
I think the key point to take away from the research completed during this project is that the bee crisis cannot be attributed to one individual factor. The decline in bee numbers is due to a great many factors, such as climate change, habitat loss, the Varroa mite, pesticides, etc. Yet, I feel, that it is vital people do not focus too much on this, but instead try to get out there and make a beneficial difference by providing bee habitat and creating a demand for honey, and therefore, bees.
What impact did the project have?
At this point, I feel it is too early to state what impact the project has had, since it has only just been finished. It will be much easier to answer this question a few weeks down the line, after it has been distributed by the LBKA and promoted to the general public via social media. Early feedback, however, has been positive.
One way I could collect this feedback is to create a part of the website dedicated to user feedback, such as a guest book, or similar. At this point there is a contact email address, so people can get in touch with feedback if they wish.
What benefits are there for stakeholders?
The general public (users of the site) benefit by gaining a greater understanding of how bees impact their food supply. They are even able to directly impact this by utilising the available DIY articles. They also gain a greater understanding of what beekeepers do, their importance, and the importance of how we as the public are influencing huge far-removed things, like climate change, by our own environmental ethics.
Beekeepers and the various beekeeping associations gain exposure through the website and may gain new members if people become particularly interested in, and educated about, the subject.
Was the approach effective?
I feel that my approach to this project was effective in the end. Despite the problems experienced in the implementation of the design via Wix, I feel that it was still the best platform to use wi my current skill level. I ukulele like to have been able to work with somebody else who had the web design skills to implement my ideas, but unfortunately this wasn’t possible.
From a project management point of view, I feel that I could’ve utilised my project plan a little more, although I did find it crucial at points in evaluating where I was at, and whether the project was on target, so this approach to managing the project was certainly effective, and probably vital to maintaining producing the final artefact on time.
What lessons have I learned?
Personally, I have gained a great deal from this project. Undoubtedly, it has improved and demonstrated many employability skills, whilst bestowing upon me a great appreciation of the natural world around us. I met many incredible people during the project and have decided that I’d love to keep my own bees in the future. The project has become a huge labour of love and a pleasure to work on, it’s just a shame that I didn’t have more time to make it even more comprehensive. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my project management skills, such as: having high ambitions and expectations are great, but I have learned that I need to realise what is accomplishable in the given timeframe.
What would I do differently?
If I was to do the project again I would love to collaborate on the implementation with another person, who possessed skills that I don’t. This would allow me to implement the site exactly as I wanted, with none of the flaws that I feel it has at this point.
Undoubtedly, I would start the project earlier and work harder in the early days of its implementation to give room for resolving any issues that would arise.
The project was clearly ambitious, but I wouldn’t change that. If anything, I’d make it more ambitious, but ensure I had the time to actually create it.
I’d love to work on this project over an entire year, as the beekeeping season has many different aspects that I was unable to even touch on due to the deadline and seasonal limitations of only having the winter and spring to complete the project.