About the project
The Corinium Museum is located at the heart of Cirencester, housing the highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium. The museum has embarked on an exciting Heritage Lottery Fund backed project – "Stone Age to Corinium: Discover the Archaeology of the Cotswolds", and as part of the programme I was brought on by Thirty8 Digital to help implement the museum rebranding project into a new website.
Rapid prototyping site structure and user experience
With the existing museum website being a simple WordPress blog, an extensive information architecture and content strategy process was carried out in order to start thinking about site hierarchy, the needs of different audience segments and possible template and navigation UI choices.
Wireframe-based interactive prototypes were made available in InVision so the project team could rapidly iterate over early ideas in collaboration with stakeholders.
Interact with an early prototype here: Corinium Wireframe Prototype on InVision
Iterating over UI patterns and site navigation
From early feedback and discussion we gradually moved from presenting site navigation via a standard navbar, to a globally accessible hamburger menu and overlay that would allow us to more clearly delineate the different sections of the site aimed at specific audiences.
Using colour to associate site sections and navigation
With the section-based navigation in place, we tied the brand colour palette into establish a visual identity for specific areas of the site related to visiting, events, schools, shop, news and collections.