The University of Texas at Austin’s McComb’s School of Business tapped us to create a online portal for their Executive Education program , one that would allow participants to track their current and completed courses, view related certificate courses, and manage their profile information. This new design would be responsive across all platforms and embody the new visual look we had been establishing with our other McCombs design projects.
Stage 1 – Discover
Working closely with the McCombs internal team, we evaluated their goals for this portal and how participants in the program would ultimately be using it. We discussed functionality, interface, and what an ideal user experience would be. Expandability, ease-of-updating, and responsiveness across all platforms were also important considerations made during these initial meetings.
Stage 2 – Empower.
After wrapping up the discovery phase, we began by creating wireframes of the proposed portal, documenting the general layout and proposed functionality that users would be expecting. We focused on a modular layout, designing a user interface that would allowing users to open and close modules based on their informational needs and arrange them as necessary. Modules were templated to allow for a consistent viewing experience, with standardized text colors and content display. Considerations were made for promotional banners and touts, as well as the potential need for more modules and content in the future. To avoid looking too utilitarian, we created a login splash page, utilizing a large photo of the university as a backdrop.
Stage 3 – Engage.
Upon completion of visual design and approval by the client, we developed the portal, creating a responsive site that could be viewed ideally across all devices. After further testing and q/a, we worked with the client’s internal team to link up the portal with their student database and prepare for users. The project was another successful collaboration between us and the University of Texas.