Building user friendly intranets and websites is largely a matter of understanding the relationship between a user’s needs and the content that is available to them. Like any skill, learning how to create robust information architecture frameworks based on this relationship takes practice. The design team at Pikselin has plenty.
Our team is experienced at the kind of research techniques required to take a site from content planning to a fully functional and user tested design. From card sorting to wireframes, from persona development to A/B testing, we have the tools and experience to help any development team get inside the head of their users.
We bring the same expertise and thinking that goes into our web application projects to our smaller website design clients. Partners like Museums Wellington, who are responsible for the daily operation of four different historic sites around central Wellington, rarely “just need a website”. What they want is someone who understands how the web should work for their business. Our “simple” solution for Museums Wellington combined three of their existing websites into one lean information site that is easier and cheaper for them to run and maintain. And because the role of the website is now well defined within their communications strategy, the Museums team have more time to spend doing promotion and outreach on fast turnover social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Kotahi is the shared communications Intranet created when MAF, Forestry, Fisheries and Food Safety merged to become the Ministry for Primary Industries. Our design team worked side-by-side with the new business during their transition phase to build this aspirational new face for their collective culture. On the surface, our design team created the woven flax design language that visually unites the partner agencies into one. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, our architects and front-end developers helped to catalogue and re-build four legacy Intranets into a new publishing platform built with the open source DotNetNuke content management system.
Our work for Toyota New Zealand proves that SharePoint based Intranets don’t need to be bland or boring. Our design mantra when working with SharePoint is always the same: First, do no harm. Before we ever start designing, we spend time working closely with our partners and their development teams to understand what functionality will be deployed and which Web Parts will be used. In addition to implementing team sites for various internal departments, our designers worked closely with Toyota’s communication group to ensure that their corporate messaging came to the fore.
A fresh brand makeover gave PublicTrust the perfect opportunity to revamp their ageing Intranet. Built on top of Squizz MySource Matrix, the PublicTrust Knowledge-base is an excellent example of how our design team can work with corporate brand guidelines to bring an extra layer of depth and user satisfaction to an otherwise traditional software project.