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Kent Historical Society & Museum Website

Launched in July 2018, I led the team at IdeaBase that redesigned the website for Kent, Ohio's historical society & museum.

The Problem

The client's website was outdated, difficult to navigate and housed outside of an easy-to-update content management system. I worked with the client to outline key features, come up with a timeline/cost structure, connect with key stakeholders and influencers and propose an agile implementation plan, beginning in January 2018. Our key objectives included:

Our Process

Due to the scale of the website, we integrated the bulk of the project work into my advanced responsive web design class, which consists of 10 students who are studying web development, content strategy, graphic design/branding and user experience. I planned out the class into 6 sprints and guided the student team through front-end design, backend implementation and account management throughout the semester. I also worked with a web developer after the class had concluded to finish and refine the site to prepare it for launch.

In addition to being the team lead, I also acted as an individual contributor to the project in the following ways:

Our Results

As a result of my team/classes's user-centered approach to the problem, the redesigned website was able to launch on time. Existing content (though reorganized) was reused and made more visible. The new site loads much faster than the previous one, with optimal responsive presentation across multiple devices.

In addition, our design team was able to integrate new branding, including logos, colors and typography, into the website as well as future print materials, providing a more cohesive identity for the historical society.

Most importantly, our implementation in a content management system allows the client to expand upon their publicly available historic media and resources, as well as add new exhibits and events, in the future, ensuring the website stays relevant and useful over time.