I worked with an interdisciplinary team staff and faculty to redesign our existing research website. We wanted a modern look and feel with our new and improved content easy to find.
Our first discussions revolved around defining users, once we had a clear idea of each of the five types of users. We set out on defining the journey for each one. A lot of these journeys ended up with overlapping pieces, so we wanted to make sure that the experience for each user was comparable.
Since our content was so robust and we needed to make it easy to find for each user type, I opted to use Drupal as the backend so that I could customize our data access and display. The theme is based on Bootstrap 5 with each element custom styled in CSS and available as an independent component in our style library.
The biggest challenge was the large team size and the new data we were tasked to make available. We negotiated these challenges by separating our core team into a weekly staff meeting and then a monthly whole team meeting including the stakeholders. Our finished result has received great feedback.