Moody Bible Institute is known for the legacy of its founder, D.L. Moody. The school may have been founded in 1886, but that isn’t an excuse for an outdated website. The original site was a very generic portal, The links were in plain text and in a very boring,
list-like fashion. My goals for the redesign were to better incorporate the new branding that Moody launched in 2014, as well as making it as user-friendly as possible.
Most university’s can build their library site with their student body in mind, but Moody is unique. Their library site houses the undergrad school of Moody Bible Institute, on both Chicago and Spokane campuses, Moody Theological Seminary, on both Michigan and
Chicago campuses, and the online school of Moody Distance Learning. The audience for this site was beyond the average 18-25 year old college student, with seminary and distance learning students aging into their 50s. I kept this in mind in the both the wire-framing and design stages.
As the sites main purpose is to provide a catalog for the library, the search bar is front and center on the page. Below the fold, users are introduced to the four campuses, Chicago, Michigan, Spokane and Distance Learning. Continuing down, navigation to more library resources, news and events become visible. The goal of the homepage was to provide the most relevant information without overwhelming the user.
After the design process had been well underway, beta versions of the site were built and we began usability testing. After working with students at a variety of ages and walks of life, we found that an intuitive design had been achieved and the site would be ready to launch for the upcoming fall semester.
Programs used: Adobe Photoshop
View the live site here.
The original website is shown above. It was unresponsive and not user friendly. It was difficult to find things intuitively for students. It also did not reflect the new branding that Moody introduced in early 2014. Needless to say, an overhaul was very necessary.
The new site launched in September 2015.