Karen Kalafat

Morgantown, WV

Interior Design

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Japanese Course
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GT Research Lab Division Intranet

division intranet home page

Objective: Redesign the division's intranet for better navigation and to accommodate for the latest growth and changes in content.

Process: This was a redesign of a redesign, as the division intranet was ever-changing with new programs and technological capabilities. It was prudent to examine which areas would continue to grow so as to provide room for those additions and modifications.

original homepage layout
original homepage layout

original frames content layout
original frames content layout

The homepage had been updated from the original layout, but the design still could not provide for the needed additional space.

homepage update
homepage update

Information Architecture: One of the first steps was to map out the existing content.

existing site structure
existing site structure

Content was regrouped into more logical topical areas. New content was added in a way that fit into the new structure.

proposed new site structure
proposed new site structure

For the visual design, new concepts were explored.

site design concept  site design concept
site design concepts

Usability: Once the design was established, we conducted usability tests with a random selection of users to determine if terminology and link placement were improved. The learning curve for the new site turned out to be almost nonexistent.

site navigation

Final Design: For the final design, a navigation structure was implemented that allowed for expected growth. The site was coded in ASP and incorporated include files and stylesheets, which would further allow for site changes with minimal work on the coding side. The visual design utilized a color scheme that appealed to management, which was basically a requirement. The new division site was designed and launched in conjunction with the parent group laboratory's site, which was based on a similar design.

final design

Launched fall 2001. Site designed using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and UltraEdit (CSS). My duties included project management, information architecture, interface and visual design, HTML coding, CSS, JavaScript, and usability testing.

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