Waterloo Women’s Field Hockey Club is a non-profit organization that provides indoor and outdoor field hockey to women 13 and older. Their current website is not user friendly and deters people away. Our task was to fix this.
This website faced had design and usability problems. These are the worst:
* Poor quality pictures, boring fonts and background is outdated
* Usability of the website is poor due to inconsistent navigation
* Downloads files without consent
* Lack of accurate and updated information
Usability and clarity of the website were the main focus of the design due to the wide age range using the website. The use of up-to-date, accurate information was also critical in ensuring the website is usable.
The use of outside software (GoogleMaps and Calendar) assisted in making the website easy to use. The use of a Calendar provides the most up-to-date information to the user, and is easy to update. Colour changes in the toolbar allow the user to know where they are on the website. As well, documents have been switched to open forms in a new tab.
The original website had no mobile version, simply the desktop displayed on a phone. In my effort to make the website more usable, responsive web design was crucial for the users experience. Across the board, each page tweaked the font size so that headlines appeared smaller and body text was legible. On the pages with a two column layout, it was collapsed to a one column layout with the left being displayed on the top. The final, and most useful, mobile version tool is the change in calendar. The desktop version has the calendar in month view, but when switched to mobile, the calendar becomes an agenda view. This allows for easier reading all around. Overall, the implementation of responsive web design allows this site to be user friendly and adds a stronger element of design.
Our team was lucky enough to have our site published on the teams official site.
You can check out the full website interactive website at: