Website Design Projects

Students engaging in website design projects improve

information architecture, site design, and visual aesthetic. They also conduct accessibility and usability analysis of the given website.


Deliverables include (but are not limited to) design recommendations, a working prototype of the website, or a report on usability, accessibility, and marketability improvements. 

A sample project is listed below.

Building an accessible and engaging website for the Legacy of Slavery DCIC project

Client: Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC)
Year: Spring 2019

Client Information Need

Design team working on affinity notesThe Legacy of Slavery in Maryland is a major initiative of the Maryland State Archives. The Maryland State Archives, in partnership with the iSchool’s Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), is working on a project with graduate and undergraduate students to preserve and promote the vast universe of experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland’s African American population. The center has a website for this project and it is lacking the accessibility requirements, and marketing and engaging content. The clients want the students to improve their usability by making the site accessible and analyze the entire site while looking into any possible website improvements. 

What We Did

  • Analyzed the legacy of slavery DCIC website to check for design issues 
  • Evaluated the accessibility requirements of the website
  • Evaluated the accessibility requirements of the website
  • Conducted usability testing with participants
  • Based on the review and analysis, the project team designed website mockups which improved the page layouts, menu order, and an information display
  • Implemented the redesigned website using Wordpress


Client Presentation
Design Patterns
Final recommendation report
Redesigned Website