Techies is an internal creative services team, and some changes were needed with structure. The team is made of 4 different service areas — Design, Video, Learning Development, and Technical Documentation. The growing team requires revamping of its site. Our stakeholder wanted to see three different UI design styles to choose from that would effectively display what the team is about. 
web UX/UI designer
January 2023
Improve the UI of the existing page. The stakeholder requested to see 3 different UI design styles to improve the user experience of the agency's page.
Meta Infrastructure Data Center employees. This department has thousands of employees globally, the biggest department of the company.
• simplify the UI design without omitting necessary content
• allow users to easily request a project

• showcase a portfolio for each service area
Most content of the previous design are important information with some editing needed. It was a must that these sections are available to users. 
The user interface of the old version was content heavy and was visually saturating. The new design aimed to simplify the page by separating each service area into its own page, rather than have everything on one page which created friction for some users.. Also, the old website did not have any emphasis on the project request access and have no samples available.
Research and Discovery
Understanding users is a very crucial part of the design. We conducted interviews and sent out survey forms to our users and have discovered a couple of interesting information. Majority of our users have reported their main pain points being — 
1.  Getting the information as to what services are offered
2.  Having an idea to different design styles for reference and inspiration
3.  Accessibility to connect and request for a project
As we got to understand our users more to improve the services, we had to redefine our objective. "How to improve the agency's web UX that will include information about the type of services, portfolio/references, and accessibility to request a project?"
We had to work on existing elements of the page, with that said, we had to breakdown these elements into modules, and brainstorm on how they can all be unified and improve the user experience. Below are the main modules —
• Homepage UI (revamped)
• Main nav bar

• Hero banner
• Service area page and services nav bar (new)
• Portfolio/sample projects (new)
Before the presentation of the finished UIs for the stakeholders to choose from,  I had wireframes for each options prepared. Talking to potential users, it was clear that most users who visited the website primarily wanted to request for a project, and secondarily, see design samples as reference, it was important to make this easy and accessible.

the old design

the new designs — options 1, 2, and 3

Option 1 was the stakeholder's pick as it was inspired by the theme of the "Oculus", the company's VR set. Below is the step-by-step process that brought me to the design that the stakeholders picked.
v.1 hero section
v.1 hero section
v.1 services section
v.1 services section
Sometimes along the way we don't always get it the first time. After creating this first version of the design, we tested it with some users and received some feedback. A good amount of our users were somewhat satisfied. Majority of this feedback were focused on the portfolio samples that we had to showcase not being as effective as we assumed.  We knew that the design could use some iteration, and so we did buy reorganizing the service page navigation and the portfolio. 

sample service area page 

Red: Fixed main nav bar to separate all the service areas
Blue: CTA button for users/clients to conveniently request a project
Yellow: Second nav bar to minimize scrolling and locate sections of the services offered
This was a new element of the design.  Each service area had their own page allowing them to allocate enough real estate for their personalized information, including a samples section. On each service area page, users still had access to request a project through the main nav bar and switch service areas page as needed. Separating all the service areas rather than having them all in one page (as seen on the old version) should organize the content for the entire team, improving navigation and engagement, and so the user experience.
A second nav was available on each service area page to help users find the type of services available. This nav bar will take them directly to the section of the specific service they were looking for. Having this nav bar will reduce scrolling time and improve the navigation as well.
The service area page second nav bar are linked to these sections. These sections show a preview of the portfolio and other design samples. Clicking the CTA "learn more" are linked to an external page, where past works of the team are displayed. This allow users to have a better visual of the different services the team offers, and also learn about the process and requirements for requesting a project, solving one of the user pain points.
The Mock up
After careful consideration on which content were essential and not and what changes were needed, the assets were outlined. The mock-up was ready to be passed on to the developer. The new design should improve navigation with the service areas having their own page, allow users easy access to request a project, and also see design samples for reference providing better user experience.
I had an amazing experience to have worked with different creatives to  accomplish this project. The stakeholder was very pleased with the result of the design. It was challenging because of some technical limitations but it was a fun project to work on. We were all happy in the end. I hope to have inspired and contributed to the improvement and long-term gains of this incredible team.
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