The University of Notre Dame’s student run newspaper, The Observer, gets a large amount of daily visitors. However, their old design did not meet the standards required by a site with that much traffic. They needed a better user experience, a more organized page layout, and an overall modern update to help meet the needs of all their current students and alumni. With the development resources on hand to replicate our design direction, Notre Dame approached us to create a series of templates that would help meet these goals.
Though only having to design templates cut down on some of the development hours, we had to make sure that the templates we created were legible, informative, and easy to scan. Having worked previously with the Chicago Sun Times, we had a good understanding of this audience, as well as a few new ideas that would allow us to build off of our foundation and create an even better user experience.