User Interface Design
The Royal Society of Canada, also known as the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, is the senior national bilingual council of distinguished Canadian scholars, humanists, scientists and artists. Their previous site was not responsive and they needed to update the user interface as well. My role for this project was to create the visual design for the site.
This project was great. One of the valuable assets they had going into the project was branding. A lot of sites I deal with want a branding face-lift as well as a new site. Since RSC has the brand they wanted to carry through, it made it simpler to give them exactly what they were looking for.
Creating a Mood
As a UI designer you have to capture the mood and tone of an organization (or society in this case). So I looked deep into their collateral and how they want to be perceived. Going from wireframes you are given a blank slate and I was able to build from their print material.
One of the integral parts of the site was to make it easier for people to submit nominations for awards. This process in the past had been laboursome. Finally we had an opportunity to make it streamlined and easy. The process now consisted of uploading one document while before it required many separate documents added in specific order. The difficult part was the person receiving these documents had to comb through them one by one and cross-reference.