Along with a new identity, we’re going to need a new web site.
The current web site has some problems, as I alluded to in an earlier post. For example, the existing design is too event-oriented, which means that original articles tends to be under-emphasized.
The new design is intended to better differentiate between types of content, and make sure that original articles get better visibility. A second goal is to integrate this blog into the organization’s web site so we have a channel for informal chat.
At right is a wireframe mockup of the new design. There’s no colour, no graphics; just blocks where various types of content will go. Click to embiggen.
Be sure to view the graphic at 100% to get an idea of how much of the page will be visible on screen at one time.
The main content section on the front page (the part that looks like Tetris) works like this: The content blocks are listed in reverse chronological order, except for events, which are always pinned to the #1 spot. So, once an event is published, it stays in the #1 spot until it expires, and then vanishes.
Feedback is vital. Be frank. Be brutal. If there are things that this design is missing, now’s the time to figure that out. It’s much harder to retrofit a major function onto an existing web site.
- Would the current web site benefit more from an event calendar, rather than a list?
- Should we promote social events differently from education events, or is an event an event?
- Is the number of blocks for articles sufficient? If we have a social event and workshop simultaneously, the number of article blocks would drop to two.
- If an event stays the #1 spot for weeks, it is understood that the other blocks may update during that time?
- Should there be a call to action for contributors?