I was recently involved with two major projects that involved full Content Management System (CMS). The major challenge in the creation of these type of website is to be able to come up with a stable design structure that would complement the possible multiple contents that would be uploaded to the site. Here is where the concept of “content is king” is applicable. Below are screenshots and insights into our design process for MDIS Singapore and Nam Ho Travel.
Forecepts, the mobile and web development company here in Singapore where I have been working for the past 4 years was commissioned by MDIS. MDIS is one of the biggest private schools in Singapore. The design challenge that I need to address is to create a design that would be usable for all the different colleges. Frequent updates on courses, enrollment schedules, news and events are important information that needs to be considered in the design planning. As a full-CMS website, the client will have full access to all the content of the website. Keeping a simple design structure and using font colour and sizes as the main structure of the design have kept the website clean and beautiful, long after we have handed over the full maintenance of the website to our clients.
Another challenging client is the travel industry sector. These type of websites provides rich content and information on their latest travel packages, promotions, travel information and customer service plug-ins such as live chats and easy access to the travel agent’s contact information. The client wants to create a strong online presence, so our design solution is to create a memorable design that is easy to remember. The blue colour of their logo has been extensively used throughout the whole website. Big thumbnails have been used to highlight their travel packages. Travel packages have taken almost 85% of the space in the homepage. Secondary information has been placed at the right panel of the page to prevent clutter while still providing useful information to the users.
I’m happy and proud to have been part of the planning, wireframing and final design executions of Nam Ho Travel’s website. Nam Ho Travel is one of the major travel operators in Singapore.