THE CLIENT

DeVries is a global PR agency whose process revolves around making brands truly stand out by creating lasting impressions, which they refer to as "imprints". 

THE BRIEF

DeVries needed a site that would help them stand out as a global leader in the PR industry. They wanted to show potential client san brand managers, with the right services, DeVries could make their brand truly memorable in consumers' lives.  

  • Conduct a website review and develop interface recommendations.
  • Help to develop the story further for the brand and user experience.

SOLUTION

  • Show don't tell. We wanted to lead with very short identity statements that would be backed up by bold case studies demonstrating DeVries real ability to produce results.
  • Create wireframes for the website.

UX DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Stakeholder meetings | Competitive analysis | Content Assessment | Sitemap | Axure wireframes | Prototyping | Functional Annotations

TOOLS

Excel | Google Analytics | Axure | Google Docs | GatherContent

TEAM

A creative director, strategist, media analyst, UX designer (that's me :)), visual designer, project manager and account executive.

DURATION

3 month project.

DEliverables

  • Content Assessment
  • Sitemap
  • Wireframes
  • Functional Annotations

OUR DESIGN PROCESS

Our design process shows the path we took over the 3 month design sprint. The double diamond figure shows how we diverged and converged at different points of the design process. 


DISCOVER

CONTENT ASSESSMENT

CONTENT ASSESSMENT

 While the team strategist and media analyst compiled findings from their research, stakeholder interviews and competitive analysis, I ran a content assessment, scrubbing the data from DeVries' two websites which we would be combing into one. 


DEFINE

SITE MAP

SITEMAP

Reviewing the existing content and determining areas for content creation opportunity, I put together the site structure and the pillars that would define the tone, interactions and differentiators for the site experience. 


DEVELOP

WIREFRAMES

WIREFRAMES

With the site structure approved by the clients, we began to sketch and wireframe out the designs. 


DELIVER

FUNCTIONAL ANNOTATIONS

Design and FUNCTIONAL ANNOTATIONS

Once completed with the wireframes, design did an amazing job bringing them to life and I then took the designs and annotated them in google sheets for our team of Drupal developers. While the site was being built out we used GatherContent to collect and plan for all content for launch.


SUMMARY

 

 

LESSONS LEARNED

We needed to have a content workshop with the client in the beginning to establish what was truly feasibly as far as content creation for the case studies. Because the goal of the site was to really show not just tell what DeVries could do it was important that this approach could be supported. It also would have been incredibly helpful had we clarified with them earlier in the process their intentions regarding localized content. As it turned out, the client was able to put together enough case studies for launch and support the translation. The site launched in June 2016. 

UX DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Stakeholder meetings | Competitive analysis | Content Assessment | Sitemap | Axure wireframes | Prototyping | Functional Annotations

TOOLS

Excel | Google Analytics | Axure | Google Docs | GatherContent