While we at Atomic Crayon might not have been “perfect students” when we were younger – our most glowing review was a “Less disruptive than last semester” from Ms. Wormwood in grade six - it turns out all those hours reading books in detention after school has really paid off with our latest project: A re-design for the amazing Grande Prairie Public Library!
The Grande Prairie Public Library promotes and provides library materials and services that meet the educational, cultural, informational and recreational needs of the people of Grande Prairie. The GPPL has proudly served the community since 1939. The Grande Prairie Public Library also serves as a resource centre for the libraries in the Peace Country, providing reference and interlibrary loan services.
After winning the contract to re-design the GPPL website, we read between the lines that their website required a completely overhauled web strategy and that a new design was overdue. The new site needed to illustrate the ease of access to the physical and digital content in an interactive and customer-focused interface. This included showcasing the extensive programs, services and events for all age groups in addition to a complete visual redesign. We needed to make sure we had everything covered!
We catalogued their requirements used our encyclopaedic knowledge of website fundamentals to create a unique portal for the library. Once that was completed, we took off our jackets and dove into the information architecture, and then sorted their services based on their target audiences.
Using a few tricks we had up our sleeve, we seamlessly integrated third party services that can be customized to generate audience-based Booklists, Programs, Movies and more. We also incorporated custom blogs, Book a Room and Ask a Librarian services in order to allow users to interact with the library. That should help get us in their good books!
The new design took a page from the creativity and innovation of the library itself, to create a site that accurately reflects the vibrant community it serves, a community that is looking forward to a very bright future.
The new website is bound to be a success! Go online and check it out.