Project Brief
Sheffield iSchool's website  

 

The website is a platform for users (e.g., applicants, students, researchers) to acquire information and access resources provided by the iSchool. It shoulders the responsibilities of both achieving organizational goals and serving the users. However, the current iSchool website has several issues that prevent itself from fulfilling the responsibilities. This redesign project aims to solve the website’s information architectural problems and enhance the overall user experience with the site. We had a group of five people (En, Jessica, Gu, Marfo, and Collin). For this project, my job was to redesign the sitemap and wireframes.

Research Questions:
  • What are the website’s objectives?

  • Who use the website, what are their goals and tasks ?

  • What’s on the website now, how is the existing content structured, what should the website include, and how should the website be structured in a meaningful and usable way? 

 

Goals: ​
  • Provide information about the educational programs and courses offered by the iSchool.

  • Provide information about admissions and research conducted at the iSchool.

  • Provide information about people and careers in information studies.

  • Promote Sheffield iSchool’s unique resources, facilities, research projects, news, and events.

  • Provide sufficient help for users to find information and communicate with the iSchool.

Background
Target Audience: 

 

Future students, current students, alumni, iSchool faculty members, other faculty members, employers in related industries, and job seekers.

Methods: 
  • A competitive benchmarking analysis of 25 iSchool Caucus members’ websites

  • A content inventory and content model of Sheffield iSchool website’s existing content

  • A top-down information architecture analysis of the current homepage

  • A navigation stress test of an inside page of the current site

Benchmarking

Competitive Benchmarking Analysis

Content Model

Content Model

Top Down & Stress Test

Top-Down & Stress Test

Content Inventory

Content Inventory

Recommendations
  • Reduce the number of top-level categories in global navigation, and re-organize some content chunks into categories at different hierarchical levels

  • Change the primary topical global navigation from the left sidebar to a horizontal bar

  • Create a secondary audience-based global navigation in addition to the topical one

  • Develop an iSchool-level search system with filtering and sorting functions

  • Remove redundant content and dead links, update old content, rename inconsistent labels

Sitemap

Sitemap

Main pages

Menu Page & Content Page

Main pages

Homepage & Search Page

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​2019 Collin Wang