PSDFan Extra

30 Minute Redesign: York County School Division

Week 33: York County School Division

York County School Division.

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 has a fairly cohesive color-scheme
  • Clear menu, fairly easy to navigate
  • Engaging content slider area, with relevant imagery

WEAKNESSES:

  • The layout feels a little rigid and uninteresting
  • I’m a little unsure of where I’m meant to be looking, nothing particularly draws the eye
  • This layout isn’t actually too bad at all in my opinion. However, it lacks any ‘wow’ factor. Everything is largely right, yet nothing jumps out, or engages.

My Redesign

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

WHAT I TRIED TO DO:

  • Made the layout more unconventional and interesting, integrating a top menu, and ‘breaking the grid’ by uses 3d layout elements.
  • Lightened the color-scheme to make it more appealing.
  • Used color and headings to draw the users eye down the page more.
  • Used visual aids such as icons to help display information.
  • Used larger typography where necessary to make the site more usable

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.

*NOTE: I can only accept sites with English content, as foreign language websites are simply too hard for me to work with.

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.

Leave a comment

8 Comments:

  1. Erik says:

    Nice work! I do think that leaving out the bulletin board items is a pitty, but a great design ofcourse needs concessions.

    I would like to suggest http://www.workjoke.com/

    Just take a look and you know why it needs a redesign. :-)

    Another suggestion for your website: I noticed the lack of suggestions the last couple of weeks. Isn’t it an idea to offer 30 minute mobile version designs of existing websites?

    Just a suggestion.

    Greetings,
    Erik

  2. Tom says:

    Thanks Eric! :)

    I’ll be sure to include your site in next week’s poll. You submitted it a while ago right? I’m sure it would do fairly well in next week’s poll heh.

    By ‘mobile version’ do you mean designing for phone platforms?

  3. Jon says:

    Tom,

    You brought some good ideas to my attention for the site. I’ll definitely have to try and incorporate it when we do a redesign.

  4. Jordan says:

    Tom,
    Very nice redesign. It definitely feels a bit cleaner and I liked the use of color to draw the readers attention down the page. Well done!

  5. Jon says:

    Tom,

    I can’t wait to get the PSD file to help me with my enhancements of the site.

  6. John says:

    Hi Tom, please include http://www.hot-yoga.net in your considerations for next weeks redesign. Many thanks.

  7. Erik says:

    Hi Tom,

    Yes, I mean a version that is optimized for a mobile device. So, an iPhone or an Android phone. Maybe iPad or one of those other tablets.

    It seems people prefer an mobile platform optimized website over an app, so webowners better start getting their websites a mobile version.

    Greetings,
    Erik

Leave a Comment:

Related Posts

Your Design Work, But More Awesome:

Do you know the basic tools in Photoshop but feel that your work is still looking average? Join our creative community at FanExtra and get the direction you need to take your work to the next level.

JOIN OUR FANEXTRA COMMUNITY TODAY