We have blogged about some key parts of the poole.gov.uk redesign project but I want to give you more regular updates on what we have been doing.
We are now reaching the end of the discovery phase. This phase is primarily about understanding user needs and using them to inform how the site will look, be structured and what should be included on it.
We split the phase into sprints:
- IA (information architecture) – how the site is structured
- UX and accessibility (user experience) – how it will work
- Design part 1 – how the site will be laid out
- Design part 2 – how the site will look
UX and accessibility
We have created accessibility standards that we will be used to help make our new website accessible for all.
We hope to test the site with users who have particular accessibility requirements such as:
• blind/partially sighted, screen-reader users
• screen magnification users
• deaf British Sign Language users
• keyboard-only users
• speech-recognition software users
• users with dyslexia
• users with autism.
Information architecture – how the site is structured
We have been analysing the results of the card sorting exercise and will be using them as a basis for structuring the content on the redesigned poole.gov.uk.
We will then start creating the structure of the site and test it with our users.
Design part 1 – how the site will be laid out (wireframes)
We have created over 20 wireframes for all the types of pages and elements we will have on the new poole.gov.uk.
A wireframe is commonly used to lay out content and functionality on a page which takes into account user needs and user journeys. Wireframes are used early in the development process to establish the basic structure of a page before visual design and content is added.
Design part 2 – how the site will look (visuals)
We have just returned from a trip to Nottingham to see Ideagen, our content management system provider. We met with Dave, one of the designers, who took us through the early designs we have created.
We hope to be able to share visuals with you all soon to get your thoughts and feedback!
Matt Louis, Project Lead