Where we started
In 2009, Tammisaari, Karjaa, and Pohja merged to form Raasepori, the largest city in area in Uusimaa. This year, the city is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has received a new look designed by the design company Marker. It was further decided that the town’s websites needed a complete redesign. The aim was to improve the content and usability of the websites and their accessibility to all target groups.
We redesigned both the city’s official raasepori.fi site and the tourist site visitraseborg.com to reflect the new visual identity. The aim was to improve the usability of the sites and build them on the WordPress platform. It was essential to design the websites with a clear structure that works on all terminals and is accessible to all user groups. Another important issue in the projects was not only to improve the user experience but also to facilitate content management, as the sites have many editors and new posts and pages are published frequently. We were aware that the sites were really large and there were plenty of challenges ahead. We started the work in excitement, as usual, especially as the customer now was our home town!
What we did
We started with user interface design. With the Adobe Experience design, we created an interactive wireframe that allowed us to test the service with the customer at an early stage, before the actual technical implementation. We also made layouts for each subpage so that they were easy to visualize. The fact that the city website is huge and full of content brought challenges for example in the design and implementation of the mobile version, but we did not give up. We knew that the mobile use of web services was growing at an accelerating pace and that important information could not be left out. This kind of project must take into account the users who come to the site to look for information, but also the people who update this information every day.
That’s why we, together with the customer, invested equally in the design of the front end and the back-end systems.
The site became accessible
Designing a public service, we focused on clarity and accessibility. Accessibility of online services means that the web pages and their content are such that anyone can use them and understand what they say. According to the directives, the design of digital services must utilize practices, technologies, and methods that ensure the use of services with different terminals and with various aids. One example of accessibility is the ability to navigate through a website without using a mouse. The navigation menu works by standard tabbing and can also be accessed through the arrow keys on the keyboard.
What we created
During this extensive project, both the raasepori.fi and raseborg.com sites, including their language versions, were built into informative and engaging entities that are logical and clear in structure and easy to use for editors. Design and implementation were done together and in cooperation with the customer, which is always important to us. We are also continuing the development of the sites together with the customer. Creating websites for our home town has been a great honor for all us inhabitants of Raasepori. That’s why this project, since the beginning, has been done with special love and care.
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