CharityConnect

Designing a tool to help people in the charity sector connect with each other to share ideas and resources.

Home page

CharityConnect is a social network for the charity sector that helps charity professionals, trustees and volunteers interact, share ideas and discover opportunities in the sector.

I was asked to conduct an expert review of some earlier designs that had been produced, with a particular focus on home, groups, post and profile pages. Taking into account the need to incorporate new functionality and user experience improvements, this review was conducted on site and alongside the project owner and other stakeholders. Workshop exercises then allowed for requirements gathering and design exploration.

Pattern identification exercise Pattern definition exercise Page prioritisation exercise

A series of workshop exercises teased out requirements for the project, and provided an introduction to the type of people using the site.

With these findings uncovered, I created a set of detailed visual design compositions. I evolved the existing design language, allowing it to convey a higher degree of user activity, while creating an identity that would stand out among popular mainstream networks.

Paul is fantastic to work with and a truly excellent designer. From communication, to testing, to presenting his work; he never ceases to go the extra mile. Paul has played a central role in a really exciting time for our product and has made such an impact – thank you, Paul.

Emma Begg, Product and Marketing Manager

User profile page on mobile Followed users page on mobile Group profile page on mobile Article page on mobile

The product benefited from a ‘mobile-first’ design approach.