The Archives website is the main way for people to view the projects. Currently, people can search and view any project of the Archives, sorted by designer, category, firm, client, and date. Linda Powell and Barbara Loveland approached DPC looking to add new features: printing style sheets, an updated noteworthy page, designer profiles, submission forms for projects & designer profile information, and favorite capabilities.
PRINT STYLE SHEETS
Given the educational purpose of this website, having print style sheets is very necessary. To have the best functioning style sheet, we removed any clutter like the header tabs or anything that distracts the user from the main topic.
These pages contain projects by that designer as well as information like education, experience, and etc.
Different profiles called for different layouts. Adjustments needed to be made for accommodate each situation.
A Represents any profiles with out a profile image and with many projects, but little information.
B Represents any profiles with out a profile image, with very little projects and information.
C Represents any profiles with a profile image, with many projects, but with very little information.
This is the press release section for the Archives where recognition is given, dates for events are released, and breaking news of West Michigan.
Previously, there are two phases when accessing the noteworthy. First was view each story title as a project card, then one would view each story would be viewed individually. We removed this extra step and decided to have each story available to view right on the page.
Two forms were asked to be made: project submission form and designer profile information form.
The project form can be submitted by anyone who has created work in West Michigan.
The designer profile form can only be filled out for designers that have work in the archives.
To add some character, a redesign of the 404 page was created. The two illustrated are none other than Barbara Loveland & Linda Powell; the two that put the archives together.
The archives website main objective is to showcase the design of Western Michigan and to help junior designers find inspiration. With this in mind, creating a favorites feature allowed viewers to save projects they found to be helpful.
ADDING A FAVORITE
The beginning of this experience starts with a user choosing to save a project. In each corner, a bookmark icon slide over and once a user clicks, it is saved under the favorites tab.
As we started to build the experience, we explored many options as to what the icon could be in the header and how someone would add a favorite.
As a user adds favorites, there will be a count in the header showing how many projects they have collected so far.