Briefs & Challenges
With the emphasis very much on usability and improved navigation, suggestions were made after the initial requirements from the client had been met. These ideas came together to build a clear plan of how to go about building the site so it was fresh, clean and easy to use.
The branding of the card was extremely important in the design. The old site felt quite crowded, with attention being drawn to the wrong areas. A new flash animation was proposed for the front page, to make the brand more attractive.
The navigation system and clean form designs throughout the site needed to keep people interested in the whole experience, hopefully motivating more customers to sign up.
A detailed and attractive design of the main areas of the site such as the navigation system and forms are presented to make the structure of the site more accessible; building these areas was a challenge but one achieved, creating the most striking features of the design.
The back end system was implemented with the Perl Catalyst framework; this modern, flexible MVC (Model, View, Controller) framework enforces good coding practices, and provides easy maintenance for future content changes or additions. Parts of the system are integrated into the jQuery framework to provide the front end with more appeal.