Live: "Global Forum Website" for the German Council for Sustainable Development

With the "Global Forum", the Council for Sustainable Development supports a network of councils, commissions and similar advisory bodies for sustainable development.

In February we were awarded the contract to create a website for the Global Forum. Based on our low-barrier framework "cosmo_amtrack", a website has now been created in just under 5 months that provides knowledge, good practices and current information, and presents the work, resources and actors of the Global Forum.
Modern, lively and accessible to all interested parties.

Click here to visit the Global Forum website


Live: the new website of the German Digital Library

The German Digital Library(DDB) is a great idea! With the aim of making the country's cultural heritage accessible for education, research or simply for enjoyment, the DDB networks the digital offerings of hundreds of cultural and knowledge institutions and makes them accessible in one digital place.  In the meantime, around 45 million objects from all cultural sectors and all genres can be researched free of charge in the DDB. 

In 2021, a new interaction and design concept for this "culture search engine" was put out to tender - the structure, user guidance and design were to be updated and better adapted to the requirements of the users. In an extensive UX process, target groups and use cases were considered, structure, layout and user guidance were optimised and a striking new design was developed, which with its flat red gives the completely different contents of this digital library space to work. 
The prototype was tested and optimised with a large user group. The technical implementation was carried out by FIZ Karlsruhe.

The "new DDB" not only offers a huge treasure trove of searchable content - in addition to the 170 or so virtual exhibitions already curated by the DDB, the new portal also invites visitors to discover wonderful topic dossiers, a blog with fascinating questions about the content and, for example, calendar page.

Find practical tips for a diversified exploration of the German Digital Library here


Live: The SPK Magazine

A lot of interesting things happen at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, SPK), quasi permanently and more than could be well presented in the dossiers of the foundation's website. Thus, the idea of an online magazine was born, which gives space to the many topics and events within the cosmos of the SPK.

As of now, interested users can dive into the diverse topics and developments of the foundation on the website of the new online magazine, delve into them in a targeted manner, find inspiration or even let themselves be driven by them.

click here for the SKP MAGAZINE


Live: new website for 1,400 museums in Bavaria

The State Agency for Non-governmental Museums in Bavaria is the central entry point to the diverse landscape of over 1,400 non-governmental Bavarian museums and collections, and at the same time a professional contact point for curators, exhibition makers and museum educators.

With the relaunch of the Museumsportal a widely accessible portal has been created that gives the various target groups easy and needs-based access to the world of Bavarian museums.
On the B2B-Site of the Country Office of the Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern, museum employees will find a good overview and easy access to the offers and services of the Landesstelle.

Fancy a little trip to Bavaria?


New Project: "Global Forum" website for the Council for Sustainable Development

With the "Global Forum", the German Council For Sustainable Developement supports a network of councils, commissions and similar advisory bodies for sustainable development.
The knowledge and experience of the very different actors are to be used to contribute to national institutional architectures for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Central communication tool: the planned website of the Global Forum.

The website is to be a central point of contact on the topic, which not only provides knowledge, best practices and up-to-date information, but also makes it easy to get in touch, actively learn from each other and from the experiences made, give suggestions, adopt pilot approaches in one's own practice and, if necessary, cooperate with suitable actors. Modern, lively and accessible to all interested parties.

We are very pleased about the award and the agile implementation of the Global Forum website!


Live: Open Application Platform for two GIZ projects

On behalf of two programs of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), cosmoblonde designed and technically implemented an Open Application Platform (OAP) as a TYPO3 plugin. The Open Application Platform is intended to enable the digital submission of project proposals for the idea competitions of the develoPPP and BACKUP Health programs.

In November, OAP went live for the develoPPP program with four integrated calls to launch the new idea competitions A client for BACKUP health will follow in early 2023.


Live: Barrier-free project map for the "Kulturstiftung des Bundes"

Just as public institutions and buildings in analog life should be as accessible and usable as possible for all potential visitors, so should the web offerings of public institutions.

When it comes to the geographical representation of content on a map, however, accessibility on the web usually comes to an end. We are therefore all the more pleased to be able to develop an accessible map for the German Federal Cultural Foundation that reduces project locations to the essentials and makes them visible. It is just as easy to use via keyboard as via mouse or trackpad.

Feel free to try it here!

(A little scrolling down and short tip - "Tab" and "Enter" are the magic keys).


Live: Database of G7/G20 outcome documents

As informal forums of the most important industrialized countries (G7) and industrialized and emerging economies (G20), the G7 and G20 agree on joint positions on an increasingly broad spectrum of global issues. 
The working methods of the G7 and G20 follow a process with their "own language". The (further) development of this common language is the central concern of the groups and the main subject of the negotiations under the annually changing chairmanship.

In line with this basic structure, a considerable number of documents (communiqués, declarations, annexes, etc.) have been published within both forums over the years. Since both the G7 and the G20 are informal groupings, there has been no formal body to collect the outcome documents and resolutions of the numerous past meetings and make them available to a broad circle of interested parties.

In order to offer interested persons a generally accessible and clear possibility to search quickly, efficiently and target-oriented for documents of the G7 and G20, as well as keywords contained therein, a database was now to be developed in an agile process on behalf of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), which contains all relevant texts from approx. 500-800 documents and makes them searchable.

Initially implemented and tested as an MVP, the database was expanded to a full version and has now gone live.
Via a user-friendly, simple and visually appealing English-language website, documents can now be quickly found, searched by specific parameters, compared and shared.

To the database of G/G20 outcome documents


Live: L!NX - the new educational platform of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

Political education is one of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation's core tasks. L!NX, the Foundation's new educational platform, has now been developed especially for younger target groups, self-learners and multipliers - basic content with a critical eye & left-wing perspective.

We brought on board to develop the name. "L!NX" says unmistakably what the program is.We developed the design based on the collaged character of handmade demonstration calls and implemented it in a fresh and independent digital look. 
With a clear structure and compact content, L!NX offers its target groups easy access to the most important topics of left-wing politics, background information and material to become active themselves.

The best thing to do is to take a look:  L!NX - was sonst? 


New Project: Interaction and design concept for the portal "Cultural Objects from a Colonial Context" of the DDB

2021 we developed a user-oriented interaction and design concept for the German Digital Library (DDB), which is currently being implemented technically.

Since 2022, a sub-portal for cultural objects from colonial contexts has been under construction. The portal "Sammlungsgut aus kolonialen Kontexten" makes already digitized and indexed collection items from colonial contexts available online within the existing portal of the German Digital Library (DDB). 

In a UX process, the central target groups of this portal are now to be defined and potential users surveyed. In line with the requirements and needs identified, a portal is to be conceived and designed that provides the best possible user experience for the key target groups.

We are very pleased to be involved in this challenging project! 


New Project: Continued development of websites for the GIZ sector project "Water Policy"

The GIZ sector project Water Policy is a supra-regional project that provides technical advice to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on the design of German development policy cooperation in the field of water and works closely with other German implementing organizations.

In the course of further development, the central website of the sector project is now to be migrated to TYPO3, optimized in a user-oriented manner and expanded to include multilingual clients.


New Project: Continuation of the Internet presence of the European Climate Protection Initiative

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is a funding instrument of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), which aims to intensify the cross-border dialogue as well as the exchange of knowledge and experience in the European Union in order to jointly advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The EUKI website was set up in WordPress and is not only access to current funding opportunities, but also a lively platform for presenting funded projects and success stories. The community area offers participating project partners space to make their projects, learnings and successes accessible to an interested public.

We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract for the continuation and further development of the EUKI website!


New Project: Development of an online application process for two GIZ funding programs

"" and "BACKUP Health" - two funding programs of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) - face the challenge of increasing efficiency in the administration of funding applications. To achieve this, a web-based online application platform is to be developed that will enable digital management of the application process.
Since the requirements for an application platform are very similar in both projects, develoPPP and BACKUP have joined forces for this development.
The platform is being developed in an agile process. Starting from a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), specific features and functionalities are designed, developed and optimized in an iterative process.

We are happy to develop another solution for a seamless GIZ application management after the outline submission processes for the European and the International Climate Change Initiative of GIZ!


New Project: UX and design overhaul of

In 2014/15, we reconceptualized and redesigned the website In order to improve the service character of the website, optimize the user experience, reduce complexity and make the display more suitable for different devices, a refresh of the website has now been tendered.
We are very happy about the award and the new cooperation with the city of Dresden!


New Project: Relaunch of the portal

The "Landesstelle für nichtstaatliche Museen in Bayern" (National Office for non-state museums in Bavaria) is the central point of contact for those interested in and visiting museums and exhibitions in Bavaria, as well as for their employees.
No matter in what direction - the Landesstelle provides information and support.
In order to better fulfill this mission, the central websites of the Landesstelle are now to be fundamentally relaunched in a user-oriented manner. We are very pleased to be able to accompany the Landesstelle on this exciting journey!


New Project: Design and interaction concept for the German Digital Library

The German Digital Library (DDB) has been under construction since 2012 - like other national libraries, it is a visionary and committed undertaking to make the cultural heritage of an entire country freely available online to all interested users.
The process of building the DDB has meanwhile overtaken its outward appearance. Now it is time to update it - in terms of structure, design and technology, and especially with regard to an optimised approach to and guidance of the library's very different user groups.

A great task, we are very pleased to have been awarded the contract! 


Live: 3 websites for the "i-EVAL" online survey tool

i-EVAL is a TYPO3-based survey system for scientifically sound evaluations. 
The three platforms, and are designed as open online tools for the evaluation of events in youth work.

They enable organisers of international youth encounters, camps or confirmation work to provide detailed, anonymous feedback that can also be used by supporting institutions and researchers - securely, easily and quickly. The system is fully compliant with data protection laws because it does not collect personal data.  

The unique distribution system, newly developed by cosmoblonde, of standardised, multilingual online and offline questionnaires adapted to various evaluation objects, but also customisable, can be used flexibly as a scalable tool for surveys on a large scale.

Try it out and create your own survey.

A short tutorial on how the i-EVAL websites work can also be found here on YouTube.


Live: Revised website of the Hanse-Wissenschaftkolleg

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) is an Institute for Advanced Studies in northwest Germany. 
In the course of a comprehensive rework, the design and functionality of the website were revised to create an up-to-date and user-friendly impression with contemporary functions that encourage potential fellows from all over the world and interested people from the region to discover the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg for themselves.

More information about the project in the case study.


Live: The departments of the University of Kassel

In 2018, we extensively overhauled the University of Kassel's roof page: user-oriented structure, updated visualisation, extensive accessibility. Based on these fundamentals, the extensive editorial team was trained and the university's umbrella site with all its degree programmes was relaunched.

In 2020, the move of the departments and their institutes to the new website was initiated. Several thousand decidedly heterogeneous pages. In order to provide the very different subject areas (and thus also their users) with good orientation and a consistent presentation, we developed a sample subject area in consultation with the university, in which all the requirements for the pages of the subject areas were implemented. This "blueprint" served as a basis for the departments to move their content into the new design in a structured and user-oriented way. 

You can now find the entire range of services offered by the University of Kassel in the uniform appearance on the university website


Based On User Survey: New homepage for ""

At the end of 2020, we conducted a user survey on behalf of the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" ("Little Scientists` House") foundation. The initial point was that the homepage does not really reflect what the foundation is and offers, and what users are looking for on the website.

Three versions were created and sent into the race. Video interviews were conducted with users who are familiar with the foundation and its services, as well as those who have never heard of "Haus der kleinen Forscher". 
The results were exciting and have been incorporated into the creation of the new homepage.

You may want to take a look - there's plenty to discover!