Improving the EMBL-EBI online experience: a poster on the EBI website ‘rethink’

 

I love Adobe InDesign, and my latest creation using it is a poster that I will be presenting at ISMB/ECCB 2013 (International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/ European Conference on Computational Biology), which is taking place between July 19 and 23 in Berlin.

Poster to be presented at ISMB/ECCB 2013 in Berlin

Poster to be presented at ISMB/ECCB 2013 in Berlin

The poster tells the story of the EBI website redesign

The poster is a timeline showing the process we used to redesign the EBI website from start to finish (although it’s never really finished!)  As far as possible, we applied a user-centred design philosophy – where evidence from users helped us to decide on the layout, the way search works, navigation, and other stuff.

We used BBC’s Global Experience Language (BBC GEL) as a shining example

BBC GEL provided the inspiration we needed to create style guidelines for the new site.  Our guidelines include a style guide, design patterns and other advice (such as UX techniques), which designers and developers can follow to make the look and feel (and behaviour) of webpages consistent across diverse services under the EBI banner.  These guidelines will be available later this year, via the EBI website.

Acknowledgement of help

I thank Spencer Phillips (Graphic designer at EMBL-EBI) for his tips on improving the timeline and call out boxes in the poster – and reminding me of some useful things in InDesign.  Thank you!

See you in Berlin!

As well as our poster, check out our user-centred design (UCD) talk in the highlights track: “Designing with the user in mind: how UCD can work for bioinformatics” (last one in the list!)

 

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