Last year I was tasked with creating a site redesign for Glenn Howells Architects. Unfortunately due to budget constraints and redundancy, this work was never completed by myself, however this page will give you an insight into my proposals for the new site, including graphic design, navigation, and layout. The site had not be upgraded for almost three years, and the fixed frame approach was looking tired and was starting to pose too many constraints, especially in the projects section (see below).
It had been proposed that the project section needed ‘fleshing out’. The project information needed more detail and would be rewritten and broken down into four sub sections: Overview, Concept, Design, Construction. It was also a requirement to allow more images per project. I suggested that images could also fit and follow the four proposed sub sections. I also proposed that a video interview should be added in order to better convey the architect’s passion and thoughts on a project. The client also wanted the option for the user to be able to download a print version PDF of each project page. I also thought it was important for the user to be able to keyword search a project page. Through further discussion it was felt that a scroll site, rather than the current fixed frame approach would be the best approach and would also be flexible enough to allow changes or additions to the site over time. I also felt the present navigation needed more thought and visual feedback to allow a better user experience. I started with this section first, and came out with the following concept designs. Click the thumbnails to see at the proposed size. I also created a simple prototype to show the client how the video would play. Video Demo>