The power of a hi-fi intranet prototype

Have you been in a project building a new intranet or external homepage?

Often the duration of the project is 20 months, and there is nothing to show to stakeholders and the CEO board the first year. Instead you are forced to speak about theoretical models, vision, structure, a homepage still in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, information governance (the CEO board is totally lost), wireframes (why is it so gray?) and so on. Continue reading “The power of a hi-fi intranet prototype”

The “mobile first” intranet (part 5)

From now on you are Jill D, a newly employed barista at the XCoffee company. The coffee shop is situated at Kings Road and XCoffee has a lot more coffee shops in the whole country.

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The “mobile first” intranet (part 4)

It’s time to look at the parent page of the content page—the navigation page.

Intranets are usually built in a hierarchical structure, or have at least some navigation choices the end-users perceive as a hierarchy going forward/down in the structure. Search is already the most used navigation model on internet (people do a Google search and go directly to a page with the answer), and intranets will in time follow this trend. But right now, most organisations probably still have classic core menu navigation, from the homepage forward to answers, as the most common way to access content. Continue reading “The “mobile first” intranet (part 4)”

The “mobile first” intranet (part 3)

Have you heard the web design term “Mobile first”? It’s a concept where you start with the smallest screen size you want to deliver content to, and then you work your way up.

(This is part 3 in a series about how to build a Mobile first intranet. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here.)

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The “mobile first” intranet (part 2)

Have you heard the web design term “Mobile first”? It’s a concept where you start with the smallest screen size you want to deliver content to, and then you work your way up.

(This is part 2 in a series about how to build a Mobile first intranet. You can find part 1 here.) Continue reading “The “mobile first” intranet (part 2)”

The “mobile first” intranet (part 1)

Have you heard the web design term “Mobile first”? It’s a concept where you start with the smallest screen size you want to deliver content to, and then you work your way up. Combined with Responsive Web Design this philosophy gives you both a) a good focus on what’s most important on your intranet site, and b) a device agnostic intranet, working “automatically” on every modern device. Continue reading “The “mobile first” intranet (part 1)”

Two different kinds of graphic design mindsets competing on the intranet

Did you know there are two different kinds of graphic design mindsets competing on the intranet? Let me call them ”company brand graphic design” and ”graphic user interface design”. Often, an intranet project work with both at the same time, but in my opinion it’s really important to know the difference, and also to decide where on the intranet and in other systems one or the other of the design mindsets should dominate. Continue reading “Two different kinds of graphic design mindsets competing on the intranet”