University News Redesign
keeping RIT tigers in the know
Visual and Web Design
Fall 2016 - 3 weeks
University News is one of the primary news sources for RIT events
The website covers news and events from each of RIT's nine colleges, the variety of sports teams, students affairs, and alumni.
The goal of this project was to redesign the homepage and create a better desktop experience for people visiting the site.
Research based goals
The current RIT University News website presented several issues that made it harder for users to access the information that they came for. Through these issues, I created my goals for the redesign:
Solid Grid System
On the original site, content is spread all over the page without any sense of a grid or organization. Displaying content through a grid will create not only a more put together visual feel for the page, but will also help users navigate information quickly and with less strain.
There is a lot of random and seemingly unnecessary content on the page, such as small games and tweets. The primary purpose of people visiting the site is to access news, so this type of content should be prioritized on the page while still making bonus/other content readily available.
The original design has articles clustered together and does not allow for easy reading and scanning. Providing more white space and organizing content better will allow for readers to be able to browse and discover content with ease.
The page presents itself as very bland: there is a lot of grey colors, blocky text, and lack of imagery. Adding more interesting visual elements to the landing page will prompt visitors to explore content and have a more satisfying experience.
I focused on making the RIT University News site a more structured, organized page because of the large amount of information present on it. In addition, I aimed to create a more visually engaging experience so that visitors may enjoy their time there and be influenced to revisit in the future to access more news.
As the name entails, the main purpose of the site is to provide those interested in RIT articles on current events and happenings. The news stories were organized and presented depending on the kind of content they displayed.
Displayed at the top of the page, displays four feature articles of that week. Users can use arrow keys or click left to right to change articles.
Featured below the Featured Articles slider, shows 3 of the most popular articles on the site. Includes picture, date of release, title, and the first few lines of the article.
RIT In the News
Displays stories of RIT associated students, alumni, and professors who have been featured in outside news sources ranging from local to national coverage.
RIT News Widgets
Some information that RIT Tigers may want to know about is displayed in formats other than articles. These widgets provide a quick look into information and resources relevant to RIT life.
Displays scores from recent sporting events both on and off campus. Scores are color-coded to quickly show which team won or what place the home team took.
Shows upcoming RIT events and the location they will take place in.
Shows popular videos broadcasting recent RIT events, interviews, and stories.
A minimal, informative navigation greets users onto the website landing page by displaying the site name, date, and current weather conditions in Rochester. Users and then able to quickly access other pages about specific news types or search for the news they wish to access.
Final Visual Design
© Haley King 2019