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.
Our design team put together a series of questions to interview current faculty, staff, and students about their experience with the existing website. This information help determine what features needed to be added.
The existing University website architecture was examined in detail. Research found duplicate content which made it difficult for users to navigate the site using site navigation and search engines.
After gathering enough information on the target audiences, the next step was to put together lo-fidelity wireframes. These wireframes helped define information hierarchy and get feedback from key stakeholders.
An iterative process with key stakeholders including faculty, staff, current, and prospective students, the initial designs evolved.
The wireframe prototypes were tested with current faculty, staff, and with incoming and current students. The information helped our team decide what design option to move forward with.
Once the user research process was complete our design team worked on the UI design for the different sections to layout the main templates and components.
Development ranging from a new CMS version to translation of static HTML designs into dynamic web pages spanned over a year
Content Management System Improvements
In conjunction with the Office of Information Technology, a new version of the Content Management System was installed. Left behind were the 90's style designs, replaced with modern colors and a more user friendly experience.
Once initial designs were approved, back-end development begun. Starting with the homepage, a new University of Nevada, Reno website experience began to take shape.