The Defense Forensics <br>& Biometrics Agency

The Defense Forensics
& Biometrics Agency

Year

2017

Deliverables

Identity + Branding
Print / Digital
Web Design + Development
Creative Direction

Synopsis

DFBA leads, consolidates, and coordinates forensics and biometrics activities and operations for the Department of Defense in support of identity operations. In short, the agency enables a lot of amazing things to happen in the realm of the governmental and military application of forensics and biometrics technology in battle and in day-to-day life.

Approach
The DFBA brand was outdated and focused on protecting a nation at war. I wanted to utilize the existing US Army’s Institute of Heraldry seal to build a brand around the agency’s overall mission- to deny the enemy anonymity. Elements from the existing brand were repurposed to provide a link from the past to the present.
The existing website needed to be redesigned as a responsive web presence that would be cleaner, clearer, more concise, and of course, in line with the new brand. Built from the ground up with HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery, the new, fully responsive, 508 Compliant DFBA website solidifies the new brand and showcases a reinvigorated agency, ready to continue its work in a new age.
Challenges
The need to ensure HTML5 and CSS3 web browser compatibility with outdated Internet Explorer browsers proved to be the biggest challenge. Policy regarding government websites requires compatibility across all major web browsers, with no preferential messages for a modern web browser over another.
Surprisingly, ensuring accessibility and Section 508 compliance, a government policy regarding accessibility, wasn’t extremely difficult, just a bit tedious. But everyone deserves to enjoy the web.
Without direct access to the server, a CMS platform would have caused too many complications to build and maintain in the long run, so I opted for HTML5 and CSS3.