In addition to rearchitecting the website’s navigational structure, the project included designing custom page templates that the client would use to program the site in Drupal. We discussed the necessary components and worked to develop the user experience. The most critical sections were page templates for the digital archives and educational document-based questions. All content in these sections was loaded from two separate databases—one for the digital collections which is targeted at historians, genealogists, and the general public, and one for their educational collections utilized primarily by teachers. Sublevel pages in digital collections provided a series of topics on which users could click to access a gallery of scanned documents. By clicking on an image, users accessed a larger visual and relative historical information. Sublevel pages in the educational section also provided a list of topics teachers could utilize in the classroom. By clicking on an image in an educational gallery, users accessed a larger visual and corresponding document-based learning tools from which they could develop customized lessons worksheets to provide students the opportunity to learn from historical documents.
The site has since been modified from the original screen designs we created, but still maintains much of the visual integrity.
For over two decades, 2k Design has crafted strategic design solutions based on our clients’ unique needs. Our work includes identity, print, web, packaging, signage, and exhibit design. We believe thoughtful planning, exceptional creativity, and outstanding organization are essential in developing the details of a project in a way that make the most sense, provides the most value, and has the greatest impact.
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