GT Research Lab Division Intranet
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.
The homepage had been updated from the original layout, but the design still could not provide for the needed additional space.
Information Architecture: One of the first steps was to map out the existing content.
Content was regrouped into more logical topical areas. New content was added in a way that fit into the new structure.
For the visual design, new concepts were explored.
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.
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.