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Website Redesign

Client: Barnet Council
After doing an original re-design of Barnet Council’s website in 2004, Nomensa were commissioned once again to refresh the cosmetic design of the site. While refreshing the look but remaining within existing style guidelines, Barnet Council needed to offer improved online services. In addition to this, they wanted to ensure their key messages were effectively communicated to the user. Barnet Council wanted to meet web accessibility standards and lay a foundation to maintain these standards on the new live website.

Brief: Nomensa created a series of storyboards, included in which was a style switcher which assisted the site in becoming fully accessible as it enabled the user to alter not only the text size on a page, but also the colours to best suit their requirements. Nomensa then produced a new cosmetic design for the website and fully accessible templates. JavaScript was integrated into this design, where the styled menus enhanced the user experience by being a more efficient and convenient way of manoeuvring through the site. In order to interact with the citizens of Barnet, the Council wanted to integrate social media onto the homepage. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are featured and promote user engagement with the site, and the Council actively encourage citizens to comment and add content. This also supports the users to use the Council website as a resource hub.

Response: The result was a set of professional, dynamic templates for the new look Barnet Council website. The templates ensured improved online services and met all of Barnet’s objectives to complement their corporate identity. In addition to this, the templates Nomensa developed met the Double-A level of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Finally, Nomensa handed over the fully accessible templates to Barnet’s technical team to be integrated into the Council’s website.

Testimonial: "Nomensa has been key in helping transform the Barnet Council website into a user friendly site that meets high accessibility standards. The staff have without exception been knowledgeable and always extremely professional." - Project Manager, Barnet Council.

Website: http://www.barnet.gov.uk/

Tags: userexperience, usercentreddesign, accessibility, usability,

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