Skills: UX Design, User Research, Site Architecture, UX Writing, Visual Design, Videography
An intuitive website architecture and modern design to match the innovative and progressive approach of Absher Construction.
Agency: Rusty George Creative
Absher Construction is a mid-sized regional contractor and was in need of a website that accurately reflects its values and the quality of work it produces and communicate Absher’s innovative and modern approach. Being located in Puyallup, Absher has had challenges recruiting and retaining top-tier talent even though they have an incredible company culture. My team and I restructured and redesigned the Absher Website, taking a strategic approach to the structure, layout, and design to create an inspiring, effective site that attracts new hires and potential customers, letting Absher’s culture and personality shine through each page and interaction.
Position as an experienced, innovative, modern company through sophisticated design and user interface
Elevate company culture as featured content information and create a blog-like area that can act like a social media feed where Absher can post photo galleries from events, updates about new hires, and more
Encourage potential employees to apply for a job
Balance in innovation of design with down-to-earth brand personality
Showcase the company’s project portfolio in dynamic, sortable way
Create an elegant user experience that is confident, not too flashy or complicated
Data, Competitor Analysis, and Research
I compiled a hefty research report summarizing an analysis of their current site based on things like brand, usability, content quality, Google Analytics anaylsis, and more. I researched other websites of construction companies and general contractors, and created a competitive analysis chart with rankings by analyzing each site compared to the current Absher site. I found that the majority of people weren’t staying on the site for long, they were mostly going directly to the portfolio of projects, and that not very many other construction companies/general contractors talk about their company culture—at all. Check out the full Research Report.
I developed three personas based on the three main audiences for Absher’s website—the prospective employee , the prospective client, and the contract partner. We made the majority of our decisions based around Sarah’s user flows as she represents the audience that Absher prioritized the most, but while always keeping clients and contract partners in mind as well.
Site Architecture and Wireframing
Taking into account the audiences and site goals, I started brainstorming, sketching, and working on the site architecture that would be the most successful and logical. When I had come up with a clear direction, I created a site map and some basic wireframes to present to the client. Using Adobe XD and Invision, I was able to make use of the prototyping abilities to quickly and clearly communicate the flow through the site to the client.
With a more logical site architecture in place, we created a stunning and modern design with subtle animations and elements to help build and craft the story of Absher’s culture. Using a video background header, the first thing the user sees is dynamic imagery of Absher’s people in the forefront. We highlighted some case study/featured projects, created a sortable portfolio, gave them a culture page, and built a “What’s Happening” section where Absher can post new content frequently and easily.