My findings were that they varied in their approach to design elements such as navigation, features and user experience. The common thread to all the sites, given that they were visual establishments, was an animation featuring current exhibitions/events.
Overall I have to site MOMA’s as the most user unfriendly site. I couldn’t find information after leaving the site and then returning. Sites varied on how information on the homepage was displayed. Some used the “fold” to determine their design and while one, The Walker Art Museum used the home page to post all their primary links. Their site actually seemed to be the easiest to use.
I would say Houston’s site would benefit the most of a redesign. From the home page, one is launched into an entire site by clicking on a featured link (collection, exhibit, school). It was confusing also since I couldn’t navigate back to the home page after jumping off.
My design focused on meeting the needs of the stakeholders while also incorporating features from the selected user personas. I tried to address Heather’s request to make the site interesting and “design-y.” I used Theresa’s request by making a specific banner to highlight kids’ events at the museum. I incorporated George’s request by trying to group all the relevant information in an easy to find layout. And alas, most importantly I created a easy to find link for members to join.