SC CTSI came to Clearfire with the ambitious goal of providing a website that would provide tools and resources for clinical and community researchers like no other translational sciences site had done before. As an institution, one of the challenges SC CTSI faces is providing relevant information to their very different audiences. Some users are looking for research, some are looking for funding, training or community support, and others are looking for ways to get more involved in research initiatives.
With a vast amount of resources, training material, and other information, the new website needed to be structured in a way that allowed users to explore and find what they were looking for, without getting lost or confused about the different resources that SC CTSI provides.
In order to balance the different objectives of the website, we sought out to organize the information in the most relevant ways possible. Researches can get information on tools and services based on their phase of research, location, or core group. They can also look into available funding opportunities and apply for grants, or get training and educational material provided by SC CTSI and their partners. While those looking to get more involved in research also have a path on the website to explore or to learn more About SC CTSI.
We created a large variety of designs and UI elements in order to show content in just the right ways and in the right context. This allows users to quickly find what they need or to explore all that SC CTSI has to offer.
In order to accommodate the thousands of entries and tons of different types of content, we developed the website with Craft CMS. Craft has a very flexible content structure which made it easy to integrate all of our unique designs, while still providing content managers with an easy to use interface.
Early layout flow exploration.
Some of the wireframes we developed during the initial phases of our design work.
A before and after of the homepage wireframes compared to the final version of the design.
A sample of the roughly 50 layouts we designed for this project.
Some of the UI elements that are used throughout the designs.
A collection of some of the final design layouts we came up with.
We developed the site with Craft CMS and a variety of flexible content types and custom fields.
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We hired Clearfire to revamp our old website with a clear customer focus. Clearfire rose to the challenge of working with a diverse set of stakeholders within our institute. They provided creative solutions to the many design challenges that arose during this process and led us to launch a new website that succeeded in making our complex content digestible."
Praveen Angyan, SC CTSI
The Clearfire team is timely, professional, and extremely creative. We discovered them during a critical time soon after our global website launched, and when our previous agency had abandoned the project. Clearfire was there to our rescue and immediately settled into the project efficiently and productively, as if they had been working on the site from the beginning. They have not only corrected a lot of oversights but have taken the aesthetics and functionality of the site to the next level. Lastly, and most importantly, they are extremely pleasant to work with and take a collaborative, very personal approach to every project – big or small."
Cynthia Kidder, Lakeland Industries