The IPPC is an international agreement on plant health to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests.
The existing IPPC site contained a wealth of information which was difficult to access in an unclear hierarchy. Navigation was difficult for visitors, content updates were complex for staff and the site lacked a visual voice.
I worked with IPPC staff to produce a new www.ippc.int design based on web standards. (The website today does not look like the one I worked on years ago any longer, but you can see the prior design using archive.org’s Waybackmachine).
A design process was carried out which consisted of the following:
After the IPPC’s main audiences were identified the information architecture was drawn out and a wireframe prototype was created which allowed direct use in a browser and better initial feedback.
A visual design was chosen from a series of mockups which were presented to the IPPC Secretariat.
I then created a custom backend administration interface design for the website which makes management and updates much easier for IPPC and countries’ staff to use.
User testing was carried out with members of the www.ippc.int audience and modifications were made based on test results before the new site launch.
Throughout the project I worked closely with IPPC staff both remotely and in the Food and Agriculture Organization offices which he eventually joined as a staff member.