As a requirement for an information systems design class, I designed a Yahoo Pipes data mashup for use by job-seeking immigrants in Toronto. This prototype was tested by the user group and received positive reviews. While Yahoo Pipes is clearly limited in terms of the functionality and flexibility it offers, this exercise allowed me to learn more about manipulating RSS feeds and combining online data into useful information.
The Active Circle website was created for Motivate Canada in June 2009. Its aim was to provide sports and project management resources for Aboriginal community leaders working with youth in Canada. I began the production process by consulting with an advisory committee made up of leaders from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. They explained their aesthetic, content and functionality requirements for the website. This consultation was supplemented by a literature review about symbols and the use of colours in Canadian Aboriginal cultures, as well as about the spread of Internet technologies in Aboriginal communities. From this, a document was created for the graphic design firm, which included background information, narrative user profiles, wireframes, database requirements and navigation flow charts. During the development process, new elements were added, such as a user poll, photo gallery and Google Earth and Twitter widgets.
The website was designed and developed, then tested by the advisory committee before launch.
The link to the live website, which I no longer manager, can be found here.
In 2010, I re-architected and re-branded Motivate Canada’s website. The process was initiated by online surveys with target users, followed-up with several in-depth interviews. Questions examined with the users included pros and cons of current website, requirements of new website, and favorite website designs.
Simple static wireframes were then created on Google Docs and shared with the graphic designer, as can be seen below. These wireframes were included in a proposal that was approved by the Board of Directors before the website was produced with the graphic designer and developer.
From this, a website look and architecture was created.
The live webpage, which I no longer manage, can be found at the following link: www.motivatecanada.ca/en/home.