For my Interaction Design class, we were given the prompt to re-design a non-profit organization's website. I chose Endangered Species International, an organization dedicated to preserving wildlife across the globe. The re-design process of this website included many activities such as concept mapping, card sorting, and wireframing.
To begin this project, I created a concept map of the current website in place. This was to ensure that I absorbed all information that the website held and that I'd be able to transfer that information over to the redesign. Here it is:
After this, I went on to card sorting, which is a way of redesigning the navigation of the website. To do this, I put each tab of the website on a 'card' and asked my classmates to sort it in a way that most made sense to them. After doing this three times, I then began my own card sorting to figure out how I wanted the navigation to function on the redesign.
After completing this activity, I began analyzing the problems with the current website so I could address them in my redesign. I also conducted a competitive analysis to figure out what other sites were doing right and how I could apply those components to my redesign.
After this was complete, I started on my wireframes. I wanted to make sure that the redesign of this website would function to the best usability.
After I completed my wireframes, I then began on redesigning the website by making hi-fidelity wireframes. Since the current website didn't use much imagery, I took advantage of high saturation photos as backgrounds of the web pages. Here are the final results:
At the end of this 16-week class, I definitely believe that my UI/UX skills have improved greatly. Engaging in activities such as concept mapping, card sorting and wire framing gave me a great idea of the design process of UX. In terms of UI, I had so much fun bringing this site to life and adding elements that made the site visually appealing. I am glad that I chose Endangered Species International to redesign because it is a cause I'm truly passionate for - I think that made this project even more fun and engaging. In the future, I'm hoping to get in contact with the organization to propose my design to them!