Library of Congress Redesign

In graduate school, I studied under (and later, after this project, became a Graduate Assistant for) cognitive scientist Dr. Stasa Milošević.  Part of this coursework included a 100-page proposal for a web presence re-design.

The information architecture bug had bit me, and I took on an ambitious project: the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (where I had previously worked with the Alan Lomax Collection). The site runs wide and very deep, with an unconventional menu structure and connections to other LoC subsites:

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American Folklore Center at the Library of Congress landing page

I liked the idea of simplifying a complex space and connecting more of the AFC’s massive, fascinating collection to users through cleaner design and more intuitive information paths.

The final report (below) includes:

  • Project Overview
  • User Demographics
  • Personas
  • Content Inventory
  • Content Requirements
  • Evaluation of Website (structure, categories, labels, navigation, access)
  • Site Map
  • Final Specifications

Read the full report here [pdf]

Samples from Report:

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Read the full report here [pdf]