A Brand New Houston Deaf Network

Houston Deaf Network relaunches today with a complete makeover, new features, responsive design and a change in our content strategy. It is the biggest revamp in history that I have worked on. I had numerous redesigns over the years, but nothing holds well as this one. The lessons I took from Evolution of DPHHH to Houston Deaf Network and the user analysis had me experiment my design approach from trial & error.

There were perhaps more than 6 or 7 revised layouts before choosing this one.

I managed to complete just about half of what I set out to do. In my entire professional career, building website is never meant to be completed, but continuous iterations and optimizations that make a website whole. With that said, below is a short list of what I intended with the redesign.

Responsive and improved user experience

It’s been a LONG time since the last redesign. There were perhaps more than 6 or 7 revised layouts before choosing this one. Each one had it’s unique purpose, but none of them met the criteria that needed to be fulfilled. Timeless, memorable, scan ability, and discoverability are a few that must be considered.

Clean, minimal, and simple

Previously, navigation, categories, content, and sidebar were sporadic and disoriented. It was at the point where it got too busy and unpleasant to look at. During the redesign phase, it was decided to cut categories down to 5 major groups, remove the sidebar to a minimal, and bring content information to focus in effort to improve user experience. Design had to be responsive and must look great across devices. Better use of simple typography, clean brand, clear visual hierarchy of content, and more emphasis on content for our users to navigate with ease. Most importantly, site needed to be adaptable and extendable in the long run.


Forum conversations

What’s a better way to have a conversation or find certain information within Houston community? Forum! Anyone is welcome to use this form of communication. It is our hope to get everyone involved and participate. The idea is to fill in the missing gap that our website couldn’t provide. So join up, start a topic, and discuss!

For you and only you!

We hope you enjoy the new HoustonDeafNetwork.com as much as I enjoyed building the site to life. Over the next few weeks, I will revisit and analyze the stats to see what works and what needed to be improved.

That’s it. Now is the time for you to give a shout out on what you think so far. Don’t worry, my feeling aren’t easily hurt so free your mind and say what you want.

About Longster

Long Duong works as a Web/UI Developer for cPanel in Houston. He is also the founder of ECHODE where he builds his web and designs musings on the side. He is the main guy for building and maintaining the life of Houston Deaf Network website.

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