The Campus Community Connection website serves as an informative and
collaborative portal for the many municipalities surrounding College Park.
Cities interested in partnering closely with the University of Maryland may
collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to develop community-based projects.
Project topics include, but are not limited to, areas such as
sustainability/environmental science, transportation concerns, and food management.
Members of local municipalities can go to the CCC website to post their projects, and University of Maryland students can use the site to find projects they want to work on. The redesigned site will not change the core functionality of the site. The changes made will be aesthetic ones which will hopefully bring a more user-friendly experience to the user.
Currently, the Campus Community Connection (CCC) website is not
generating much traffic. The coordinator of CCC suspects it may have something to do with the
current design of the website.
This originally intended to be a class project with just wireframes being the final deliverable, but I saw this as a good opportunity to get hands on experience with the UX/UI design process and working with a client. So, I took the initiative to evolve this from a school project to a personal project where I could gain more product design experience.
The site's original home page.
A page with project details.
The first thing I did was to set up a meeting with CCC’s
coordinator in order to get an idea of CCC’s purpose and mission
statement. Once I understood what type of user needs the site
was supposed to be fulfilling, I was ready to make some sketches
of the newly designed site.
As I mentioned above, Campus Community Connection is meant to be a hub where students can find projects to work on listed by local municipalities. The site currently has the following features:
For the homepage, I wanted to put an overview and introductory video at the top, while a list of available projects and a map of the area would be at the bottom. There would also be a page where a list of projects were categorized by area. Accompanying each project would be a progress bar, showing how far along the project is now. Additionally, the coordinator of CCC had outlined what details he would like to include on the contact form, so I was sure to incorporate that information.
I was on a tight schedule when working on this project.
If I had more time, I would love to be able to do more rounds of design and testing.
Still, I gained a lot of valuable knowledge and experience from it.
This was a great project for me to get hands on experience in working with a client. I learned a lot about realistically assessing timelines and to be flexible with adjusting project scope. I also learned how to create a project requirements document and a project charter to clearly establish goals and expectations.