Bonnie Brunner LLC / Lumi 2017
Site Architecture // User Experience // Design
I was born and raised in Danbury, CT. So when Lumi Agency contacted me about redesigning the website for the City of Danbury, it was an obvious choice. We all know that government sites don’t always have the best user experience. It’s never easy to find what you’re looking for, or whom you are trying to contact. I had just finished a project with Hook & Loop in NYC that addressed a software platform for the civics vertical. This was a perfect opportunity for me to apply my insight from that project in order to create a better experience for Danbury residents.LAUNCH WEBSITE
The City of Danbury’s original website had many duplicated areas of content, in addition to broken links. But, this is what happens when you have so many stakeholders entering content into a website over the years. The site needed to be better organized and scalable to prevent this from happening in the future. After completing a full audit of the site’s pages and content, I created a new site map and condensed 500+ pages into about 300. While wireframing, I created 16 unique templates to accommodate all of the content within the website—assigning every single page to a template to avoid any gaps when it came to transferring all the content over to the new platform.
Hover states, click states, transitions and layout — this is where the project gets interesting. With a massive navigation and loads of unique content, the design structure of the website had to effortlessly accommodate it all. Below are some screens of key layouts that incorporate different levels of navigation and content types.