Naam Agency '23. Preview
The new profile page retains most of the information we presented in the old version, such as our values, workflows, and team. In addition, however, we added an FAQ section to help visitors better understand our services and address questions we got asked regularly.
The structure comprises various reusable blocks (organisms) and allows Naam to expand or shorten the page when necessary. At the time of the design, I mainly used dummy content or wrote text on the go. Some sections in the previews may still contain placeholder information or images.
During an internal strategy session, we revised how we structured our services. From then on, we focused on presenting four main categories; E-Commerce, Websites, Apps, and Branding, with each having its subdivisions, such as; strategy, design, and development.
This change had a significant impact on the design of the service page. Within a few hours, I completely redesigned the original setup. The goal of this new design was to leave absolutely nothing to the imagination, as it was going to be all about making our services easier to find, understand and read for visitors.
Project Overview & Detail.
Presenting projects is always the most challenging part of a portfolio. If the pages are too varied, updating will be a nightmare. On the other hand, if the pages are too bland, it will be hard to show every project's full potential.
When designing the project pages, I focused on two primary ways of presenting; one would be the typical long scroll format, whereas the other would contain CSS scroll snapping for a more gallery-like experience. Of course, both had their upsides and downsides. But by creating a prototype for both, we could determine how these formats would behave with actual content and which would be the best fit for our purpose.
For the case studies, I also created a large set of components that we could use to build the case studies.
As a side note, we acknowledge that scroll snapping is still controversial. However, new technology now allows it to be a CSS-only functionality. This new feature brings a host of user-friendly options where the visitor can quickly 'scroll out' of the 'snap'; this makes the CSS scroll snapping feature very interesting.
In the end, we decided to go with the traditional long-form design option. For the sake of this case study, I still included the scroll-snap design prototype video in the case study to show the idea and thought process behind our decision-making.
In short, the website's main goal is to help us find like-minded people and have them reach out to us, and, quite frankly, hire us for their projects. On our previous website, we used contact forms, thinking that would make getting in touch easier. However, our data showed the opposite, and potential leads would continually prefer to send a quick, direct e-mail or call. Therefore, they would never touch the forms.
Forms can be maintenance-heavy as they require monitoring in case of browser or CMS updates. So, in favor of the data, we ditched our forms and opted for a more timeless approach that required way less upkeep. You guessed it, a simple link on a dedicated contact page.
Somewhere in 2023, the new design is to be released. I'm still waiting to hear precisely when, but I will be excited when that happens.