In the Discovery phase of the project, we quickly discovered that this incredibly talented team of experts was responsible for a tremendous amount of production work. Their site needed to be simpler, and their job did, too. And through audience research, we heard that users needed quick access to resources, jobs, events, and issue areas.
To begin to contextualize information architecture, I created a quick and dirty sitemap sketch, and animated it to show added layers of complexity and decision trees that indicated the user flow.
From there, I categorized all existing content into new, more appropriate buckets, by what we knew users were looking for. This sitemap contained content hubs and laid out a content key for internal stakeholders to contextualize each page utility. This key also expedited the content migration process.
We then created a template and module design system for their content-heavy site, with a UX focus on content type identification. The SEIA team really needed our help to reorganize their site structure, and so we created a solution that would maximize the efficiency for their internal content production teams while providing clear tasks in a seamless flow for users.
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