Walden International School is a private school located in Brampton, Ontario. I made them a brand new site that helps parents learn more about the school.
When I first started working with Walden, they wished for me to implement/code a site that already had designed. Going through the site as a first time user, I saw a few issues.
Walden had 3 major beliefs, Imagine, Explore and Achieve, which they used as links to different parts of the site. As a first time user, this made trying to find information very hard. I did not know how to access information becasue I did not know what each word represented.
Each item could only be accessed once the Imagine, Explore, Achieve link was clicked. Then there was a carousel that looped through each link. This makes information very hard to access.
The backgrounds were very distracting and often did not add any extra information. An important lesson I've learned is that we must never sacrifice usability for aesthetics.
They had a popup on arrival that held important information and news. This to me seemed like an issue becasue there was no way to access the information without having to revisit the site. This would be bad especially if the information was important. It should always be easily accessible.
Old Walden site
A year later, we revisted the issues I pointed out and we created a brand new site. This time, I made sure that all pages could be accessed from all points on the site. I also made sure to use language new parents were looking for. We looked at various different school websites to make better decisions. Since the release, we have been getting feedback about the site and making changes as necessary.
Since this new site has gone up on April 23rd, the analytics has shown some improvements