Website Redesign

Goals

Accessibility The University website needs to be accessible to all users regardless of disability or device.
Accessibility, an inclusive practice of removing barriers so all users have equal access to information and functionality.
Top Tier Research The only University in Nevada to achieve U.S. News and World Report Tier 1 AND Carnegie Classification® R1 research institution.
R1 and US News & World Report logos
Current Faculty & Staff A focus on providing resources for current Faculty, Staff, and Students.
Faculty and Students
User Experience With millions of users per year visiting the website, an improved experience, no matter the device, is what we strive to accomplish.
Improved User Experience
 

Discovery

At the beginning of the spring semester of 2017 The Office of Marketing and Communications conducted research to examine the current state of the main university website.

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User Research

Our design team focused on gathering information from our users by putting together a series of questions. They interviewed current faculty, staff, and students about their experience with the existing website. The results helped us decide what recommendations were important for the new website.

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Site Architecture

The existing University website architecture was examined in detail. This research allowed us to determine size and scope of the project. It also found duplicate content which made it difficult for users to navigate the site using site navigation and search engines.

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Wireframes

After identifying our most important tasks and reviewing our site architecture we began creating low fidelity black and white wireframe prototypes. These wireframes helped us make key decisions on global navigation and visual hierarchy to our most important pages.

 

Design

An iterative process with key stakeholders including faculty, staff, current, and prospective students, the initial designs evolved.

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User Testing

Mobile wireframe prototype workflows were also reviewed with current students and faculty to get additional feedback.

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Visual Designs

Once the user research process was complete we created components and high-fidelity prototypes in Invision to share with our internal team and stakeholders.

Front end development

HTML Component Prototypes

After the visual design was completed we built the HTML for the individual components of the website. Each component is developed using HTML and JavaScript, then tested for WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility.

 

Development

Development ranging from a new CMS version to translation of static HTML designs into dynamic web pages spanned over a year

Feedback

Have a question or comment about the new design. Please let us know.