Redesigning the CUNY Graduate Center Library’s Website: A Design Story

Scope

The CUNY Graduate Center (GC) Library is in the process of revamping its digital presence. In order to do this in a way that centers the user’s experience, a careful examination of user behaviors, desires, knowledge, and expectations is required.

My design team, Team Buttons, set out to research the library’s target users in all of these aspects in order to provide the GC Library with the best possible high-fidelity prototypes to help guide the library’s website design process for desktop and mobile interfaces.… Continue Reading »

Case Study: Friends of Material for the Arts

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Material for the Arts had discovered a declining usage of their website. They did not have a mobile optimized website and we were asked to propose a mobile-centered re-design. In this project, we designed a digital interfaces from a user-centered perspective based on user research, interviews and evaluation.

MY ROLE

I had volunteered as the “Project Manager” which was to make sure that we submitted the group assignments on time and organized the group materials.… Continue Reading »

Design Story: FUBU (For Users, By Users)

About the Project

This project was done in Pratt Institute’s Information Architecture and Interaction Design taught by Craig MacDonald. For this project, my group and I were given the task of redesigning the information architecture for Sesame Workshop (www.sesameworkshop.org) that would make the site’s interface much more user friendly, increasing its usability through improvements of its navigation, layout, and how its contents were displayed.Continue Reading »

Design Story: The Intrepid Museum

About the Project

We were tasked with completely redesigning the Intrepid Museum’s website. After some research, we found the current site to be severely lacking in its ability to be aesthetically pleasing while providing users with easy access to information.

Current Intrepid Home Page

My Role

One of the main roles I took on in the group was as a communicator and editor.… Continue Reading »

Queens Historical Society: A Case Study

For over fifty years, the Queens Historical Society (QHS) has been actively celebrating and preserving the heritage and history of Queens, New York through educational programs, exhibitions, and its public repository of archival collections and sources.  The QHS website is a key vehicle for communicating their mission to the widest audience possible, yet their message gets lost in the clutter of content, images, navigation bars, and more.Continue Reading »

Queens Historical Society

 

About the Project

At the beginning of the semester we were broken up into groups and asked to tackle redesigning the Queens Historical Society website. In my group, each of us identify key issues within the website, these key issues helped us design a more friendly website using the following procedure.

 

Current Design

        

 

Upon looking at the Queens Historical Society website some of the key issues are the double navigation bars, the non-interactive slider, the follow of content and the heavy text content located on the first page.… Continue Reading »

Design Story: Queens Historical Society

Design Story: QHS Redesign Project

QUEENS HISTORICAL SOCIETY SITE REDESIGN

ABOUT THE PROJECT

MAJR Queens was contracted to complete a user-centered redesign of the Queens Historical Society (QHS) website emphasizing an improved user experience and responsive, multi-platform design.  The  4-month project generated several deliverables which supported efforts to understand users, structure content and design the final  prototypes. –Jo Polanco, UX Research

CHALLENGES

The QHS is a repository of collections on the history of Queens and Long Island housed in an 18th century homestead building.  Continue Reading »

Design Story for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

 

Group: Arushi, Julie, Alexa, Krissy.

The Challenge:

Our group had the opportunity to reimagine a new website for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. The goal was to research users and analyze content to create a prototype we feel best serves the Intrepid mission while giving users a flawless and consistent experience.… Continue Reading »

Design Story: Intreprid Sea, Air & Space Museum Website

Design Story: Chimera Calendar App

By Kristen Droesch & Lily Martin, Spring 2017

For our Advanced UX Design course, we were charged with developing and prototyping a new calendar system.

We kicked off our project by selecting the user group we were most interested in designing for, eventually settling on arts and media freelancers. To boil down the essential needs of our users, we identified key traits we knew to be common among arts and media freelancers, as we are both well-acquainted with multiple freelancers ourselves and have witnessed roadblocks to their productivity on many occasions.Continue Reading »