The Medical University of Gdańsk (MUG) is the largest medical university in northern Poland. The school was founded on October 8th, 1945. Today MUG educates nearly 6000 undergraduate and postgraduate polish and foreign students.
We started cooperation with the Medical University of Gdańsk in May 2016. Our main goal was to redesign a school website to more modern and intuitive. This task was challenging because of complicated information structure split over a few smaller (child) services.
At the early stage of project, We conducted a complex expert audit to better understand the complicated structure of the website. We also analysed web analytics to know the most common user paths. Then we discussed our research results with the client, including university authorities. Together we set up goals for the new website.
The biggest challenge was to understand and rearrange a complicated information structure of the website (actually several separate websites). MUG has the main page and many smaller websites. Every website has individual sections and different information structure. Our main goal was to create a new, consistent information architecture and navigation, that could be universal for all web services.
With websites used by thousands of knowledgable visitors - there is no better way to optimize experience than to create surveys.
Such surveys helped us to keep on track with users expectations and suggestions. We wanted to be sure that our concept is user-friendly and covers 100% of users expectations - making it a great example of User Centred Design approach.
Thanks to complex research and analysis stage, we knew how users feel about the old website, what their expectations about the new one and what new functionalities they need.
With all the collected data and goals from the previous research stage, we started a design stage. We started with the rearrangement of information architecture. We separated information to six main audience group. That solution makes searching for information much easier. After we designed the main structure of the website we started creating a mockup to show our concept. With the new version of the website, we removed the long side menu. it has been replaced by the main menu with targeting to main user groups. All important element are now placed at the top of the website, also easy to find on mobile devices.
In February 2017 we launch a new version of the university website.
New information architecture and navigation provides easy access to information. All main elements were adjusted to users preferences.
The minimalistic and elegant design was appreciated by students and the university's employees.