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30 Minute Redesign: UNECE

Week 22: UNECE

UNECE.

In the space of 5 minutes I can identify some of the key strengths and weaknesses of this design, and sketch out a mockup.

STRENGTHS:

  • The site displays all the necessary content for visitors
  • Clear, readable typography
  • Consistent color-scheme and link styling

WEAKNESSES:

  • There is a duplication of menus, at the top and left of the site. This is a little pointless.
  • The site isn’t particularly bold or colorful.
  • The text may be readable, but the layout doesn’t encourage the viewer to scan down through the content. It feels somewhat scattered.

My Redesign

As always, I was limited by the 30 minute time-frame, but I tried to improve upon several of CAMASEJ’s features, adding a few design flourishes and a clearer layout that promoted content over wasted space:

WHAT I TRIED TO DO:

  • I used a more logical viewing path, directing the users eye down the page through use of colorful headings and headers.
  • I added a more clear menu, complete with hover state
  • I gave the content more padding/spacing to open it up a bit.

Comparing the 2 Designs:

Here is a quick comparison between the original design and my 30 minute redesign. Sure, my design could be more polished, but I believe that a lot of the basic elements have been improved upon, creating a more pleasant browsing experience.

How and Why To Enter Redesign Saturdays

You can have the chance to have your website redesigned in next weeks post. All you need to do is leave a comment to this post with your website address and why you think it needs a redesign.

The Benefits of Getting Your Site Redesigned Include:

  • Most obviously – a FREE redesign job!
  • Your website gets exposure to PSDFAN’s thousands of readers
  • You understand how to improve your website. This isn’t just a redesign, it’s a lesson in design.
  • You will get emailed the .psd of your redesign and can do whatever you want with it!

So please, leave a comment today for a chance to have your website redesigned next week!


About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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17 Comments:

  1. Arturo says:

    Liked everything but I think that the search box is like too big…pretty cool!! thumbs up!

  2. Hugolatra says:

    Better, no doubt. I probably miss some graphic focus, but works better than the original.

    I´d love to see your redesign on http://rivaspropiedadesmdp.com.ar, a real state site.

  3. Lj says:

    Really nice re-do. The overall flow and placements are much better & easier on the eye~

  4. Erik says:

    Great job Tom! I sometimes find the redesigns a bit standard, but this one is really great. Far better readable and usable. I’m trying to learn some designing myself and these 30 minute redesings are a great inspiration because of the old and new comparisons.

    I’d like to suggest a website for a redesign: http://www.voedselbankwijchen.nl/
    It’s a food bank website for a community in The Netherlands. They need a new website. They actually need a lot more than a new design, but this would be a great first step.

    To make a possible redesign extra challenging they decided to use a gray color palette (to reduce printing costs) or the green colors used in the Dutch national food bank website: http://www.voedselbankennederland.nl/

  5. xpmatrix says:

    Well done, I like the header with the world map background

  6. javidkhan says:

    Welldone i like the color scheme you used.

    i would love that you redesign http://www.vision-ps.de, Recuitment and IT Solution company Website

  7. I’m a fan of the bigger search box. It’s pretty common today, and really grabs your attention. I’d much rather type in a search than have to skim a bunch of lines. Making a big bold search bar is a good way to encourage users to search.

  8. This redesign is definitely an improvement of the original design. The text is much more readable, less cluttered and the overall design stands out much more with the blue header and bigger search box.

  9. eye-catching ,clean and clear concept

  10. Matt says:

    Brilliant redesign and so fast! Simple, yet effective. Such a big difference to the former site. Great work.

  11. pdfmanual says:

    hi, that UNECE redesign look awesome, btw iam happy if you can redesign my site.

  12. Mark says:

    Hello,

    I am new to the PSDfan website and have really enjoyed many of the features, in particular the 30-minute redesign has been my favorite. It’s really cool to see what a professional does with mediocre sites. I believe that I have a website worthy of a 30-minute redesign.

    The Orange County Symphony (based in Anaheim, California) is a newly revived non-profit organization that features several professional performance ensembles. Being a non-profit organization, we don’t have the budget to have a professional redesign the site but it DESPERATELY needs it. We would like to have a website that is representative of the level of the quality of the organization, which you can clearly see is lacking right now.

    The website is located at http://www.ocsymphony.org. This organization is gaining in notoriety and we would be happy to advertise your business on our website and in our print materials in exchange for a website redesign.

    Thank you for the consideration!

    • Tom says:

      Hi Mark. I’m afraid that you’ll need to re-suggest your site in the comments to this Saturday’s redesign. I hope that you’ll take the time to do so, as comments to the UNECE design have already been counted in this weeks poll.

  13. Hannes says:

    pretty nice, but I guess you can’t just change the logo of the UN :D

  14. A really nice re design, I agree that the search is big but if that is used a lot in the site and this is how people want to look through the site rather than having to sieve through content then I think that it works by making it quite a feature.

    I think that the content is important but in the old site it was the only thing that you could see really and people aren’t likely to try and read all of that and be put off. If the initial appearance is welcome some are more inclined to carry on reading.

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