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Interview with a Designer

By Kate Arora on 07/1/14

We released the redesigned Codesigned.com almost two months ago, and we've received a lot of really great support from our friends and SharePoint fanatics all over. If you're one of those people—thank you. You rock.

From wireframes to go-live, the website took almost seven months to complete. We wanted to create an experience for our website visitors, one that would leave them with a good feel for who we are and what we do. In order to do that, we wrote new copy that was less corporate, took new pictures, and designed a beautiful (if I do say so myself) and engaging website in SharePoint. Why create our public-facing website in SharePoint? Because we practice what we preach.

Codesigned.com remixed was a collaborative undertaking, with our designer Zac Wall leading the effort with incredible foresight and vision into designing a responsive SharePoint website. I sat down with Zac recently to talk about the challenges and victories we faced in creating a responsive SharePoint site.

 

What is your favorite new feature on the site?

The video on the homepage is definitely one of my favorite features, and so is the animated GIF on the collaboration page.

 

Do you feel that the new website is a better representation of Codesigned and our culture than the previous site? If yes, how is that depicted?

It's definitely a better representation of who we are than the previous site. It's much less corporate, but still professional. One of our focuses was bringing the people who work here to the forefront of this site. Everyone is featured. We're a family, we love what we do, and that's apparent.

 

Was there any part of the website that was particularly challenging to design?

Overall, the responsiveness of the site was a challenge, and the collaboration page was particularly challenging.  The blog was a mammoth piece, especially since we used the SharePoint blogging platform and made it look like a non-SharePoint blog site.

 

Since you're already on the website reading this blog, take a look around the rest of the site and see what we're talking about!