If you're reading this on the Global Voices web site, you probably find things look a little different around here. For the past six months we, the people of Global Voices, have been working on a site redesign, and we're thrilled to announce its launch.
The aesthetics of the Internet move quickly — the process of rethinking the look and functioning of a web site is both challenging and exciting.
This new edition of the site is aimed at improving user experience—it's not a wholesale rebranding or restructuring. We aimed for a design that would be modern and simple, focusing on ease of navigation and discovering stories.
On the new, improved, Global Voices site you’ll find the same great stories and writers, but you'll be able to navigate through our content more easily, and explore corners of the world that don’t often feature on the pages of international mainstream media.
You will also notice that we've revamped the pages describing our community and mission, to take into account the shifts and changes that have occurred in the ten (!) years since we've been around.
The new site design was conceptualised by designer Douglas Savage, and coded by our in-house tech guru, Jeremy Clarke. As part of the testing process we were fortunate to work with the University of Washington’s School of Interaction Design, to whom we're very grateful for providing their services pro bono. Three separate groups ran usability tests and surveys on the new site, giving us extensive feedback on what works, and what still needs improvement.
As we all know, new and shiny doesn't mean perfect: the new, improved Global Voices is, of course, a work in progress. We'll continue to test, amend and adapt in response to usability issues we encounter and feedback we receive after launch, and also in response to editorial and community needs.
We hope you enjoy the new, improved Global Voices!