Starting in October 2019, I was hired full-time as the Web Editor at the Department of Chemistry here at UW-Madison and have been in charge of the complete website redesign and migration from Drupal to WordPress.
Before the redesign started, the communications specialist, Tatum Lyles, and I held web development meetings where we used the KJ method (or affinity diagramming, card sorting, etc.) with groups of stakeholders to determine the information architecture of the site. Once that was decided, I was given a spreadsheet of 3,000 links of pages, posts, and forms existing on our current site. I then sifted through each link, updated any outdated content, migrated and redesigned pages that were still in use, and designed new pages our stakeholders requested.
I spent the months of April and May running accessibility and user testing and have been developing a web maintenance plan.
I “finished” the site (in parentheses because is a site ever really finished?), and it launched on June 4, 2020! Eight months of working and reworking pages, meeting after meeting, hundreds of emails of feedback, and I couldn’t be more proud of how the site turned out.
More Before & After Photos
I planned, designed, and created the services page for our Badger Chemist News communications team. This web page serves as a guide for the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors of the Department of Chemistry where they can browse through the services we provide. It also gives them a form to fill out to request communications help or to submit news stories, research, professional updates, etc.