UC Riverside Library

Simplifying a content heavy site

UC Riverside Library Responsive Design
 

UC Riverside Library had a legacy site with over 210 navigation items. The site suffered from redundant content, dead links, and confusing navigation. I worked with their team of 17 librarians to rebuild the site from scratch. We began by defining a site map that was 38% smaller. 

 
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I facilitated 8 days of ux workshops where we defined the structure of the new site.

 
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Search was the number one task users wanted to do on the site. For this reason, we featured it prominently on the home page.

 
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We needed to show search results from multiple sources. I added labels and off-site link icons to reassure users where the links would take them. 

 
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Users needed to find library hours quickly. I added a link in the utility navigation for faster access. The hours page shows unique information for 5 different libraries.  

 
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Each library has its own section where it can display its unique resources and services. 

 
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The site size required a mobile menu design that went 4 levels deep. I included the search field at the top of the menu to support this high priority task. 

 
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Collections are a unique differentiator of the UCR Library. We kept them as a link in the primary navigation. I created new designs for the landing and detail pages, reflecting the new taxonomies and content structure. 

 
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I designed a new news section to give UCR Library a better way to communicate with its users. 

 
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To accommodate the library's need to host workshops and events, I designed an events section. It allows users to RSVP and shows multiple dates. 

 
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Results

The new UC Riverside Library website displays on all screen sizes and is easier to use.

Highlights

  • Reduced site map size by 38%
  • Facilitated ux workshops with 17 participants
  • Eliminated redundant content
  • Extended UC Riverside digital appearance to accommodate responsive design requirements
  • Improved user experience

Services

  • Strategy
  • Creative direction
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Content strategy
  • Information architecture
  • User experience design
  • Responsive design
  • Brand extension

 

This project was done at Chapter Three.


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