The publishers of Science magazine came to us with a challenge: Design and develop a web-based application for a new online journal comprised of long, in-depth articles.
How best to present the very long articles, any of which could run thousands of words in length?
With an archaic website that was virtually non-functional, The National Interest magazine needed to (re)invent its online presence
For this project, we took the website back to the drawing board. Our goal was to make a clean, sophisticated site that accurately reflected the paper magazine's quality and intellectual appeal, while increasing its accessibility to a larger audience.
The City of Northglenn needed a new, usable site where various stakeholders in various departments could update their part of the site, while still unifying the look and feel of the design.
One big challenge was usability. People trying to use the site weren't finding what they were looking for, and as a result the site had little traction in the community.
We were brought in to change that, and guide them towards a usable and sustainable site.
The University of Colorado School of Journalism brings crowdsourced answers to students' pressing questions.
Unlike most websites, which conceptually are typically places for people to consume information, and perhaps share back thoughts or content for others to consume — "Websites are conversations" — the Resolving Door project embodied the user experience characteristics of a web application. That is, it's a website in that it has a URL and can be accessed in a browser, but its purpose is to be a tool to help the user do something rather specific.
In this case, the site's purpose is to provide the means for University of Colorado students to ask questions and post answers.
A new initiative to provide in-depth investigative reporting, combined with guides and resources for citizens to get involved, lights a path towards "new journalism."
The site needed to be usable, attractive, powerful ... and it needed to fit into a non-profit budget.
Update: California Watch won the ONA 2010 Award for General Excellence in Online Journalism.
These trade publications needed to simplify their technical foundations, converting all their sites to a single content management system.
The project was made more urgent when their previous developer couldn't deliver for them.
How does a design company keep its own website fresh?
Being busy serving our clients, there's only so much time we can spend preparing our own site, so we focus on fleshing out some ideas, and launching them. "Minimum viable product" and "iterative development" are ideas we value and embrace in our own work.
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