globalFEST—Site Redesign

Brief

The globalFEST’s website needed to reflect the prestige, industry credibility and the growing role it plays in supporting and exposing the world music community. The old globalFEST website followed dated design patterns and its information architecture was confusing to users.

Goal

Get more users, infiltrate the market and provide easier access to information.

Team: Me, Keith, Andres

Final Mockup: Home Page

Analysis of Current Site

At first glance we could tell that the site had various usability issues, however we verified this by doing usability tests and analyzing the content.

User Comprehension of Site

  • Only 3 of 9 non-industry users could correctly identify what globalFEST was based on the site.
  • globalFEST was explained differently on different pages, in more than 5 different ways.

Usability Testing

Users had a lot of trouble finding basic information on the site and identifying what globalFEST does.

Co-Design

We met with the globalFEST team to co-design the best Information Architecture. We started by looking at the journey of a globalFEST artist. With that in mind, we prioritized the content and ensured the IA reflected the various components of globalFEST while remaining simple enough to navigate.

User Research

We interviewed users in and outside of the globalFEST community, ensuring that people's praise and appreciation of globalFEST did not bias them to minimize their pain points, especially for artists.

Iterations—Home Page

To ensure that the home page highlighted the right content, we started by wire-framing the “deepest” pages first and working back to the home page. We brought frequently updated content forward to the home page, keeping it fresh and providing immediate access.

Design Notes

  1. Explain the main thing globalFEST does
  2. Find out more about gF
  3. Explain the secondary things gF does
  4. More of what gF does
  5. Media from artists
  6. Footer navigation
  7. Strategy change: we show what gF is through content/images, not words so users can better understand what gF is.
  8. Most recent events, keeping the home page fresh.
  9. Featured artists of the week
  10. Credibility from the New York Times showcasing it’s reputation
  11. Link to view all artists added

Iterations—Events Page

Events are a crucial part of globalFEST, by making 'Events' go to a landing page, we helped show other events besides the annual festival, keeping globalFEST relevant year round.

Design Notes

  1. Unimportant links moved to footer to reduce number of options in navigation
  2. Elements re-ordered to represent the core of gF. Also “EVENTS” now goes to a landing page
  3. Left aligned secondary navigation for visual balance
  4. Upcoming events keep the page fresh
  5. Explanation of different events

Final Site Map

The navigation allows users to not only find the information they need but also to understand the essence of what globalFEST is about: Events and Artists.

Final Results

Usability Tests Improvement

The usability of the site was greatly increased. Users understood globalFEST and how to find the information they need.

Final Recommendations

  1. Create a visual brand guideline. Then take that brand and apply to the website.
  2. Create the content first. Try to create a consistent message about what gF is.
  3. Keep using WordPress as it’s easy to update content.
  4. Analytics should be used to see the paths users are taking in the site once it goes live. This can be combined with usability testing to make the design even better.

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