What makes a great hospital or health system? The amenities? The number of happy patients? What about the people who represent the brand – your doctors and providers?
Trinity Mother Frances needed a more organized Web presence that accurately represented their superb quality of care, growing roster of employed and affiliated providers, and its vast locations throughout their area. A responsive website was a necessity, too, in order to accommodate the growing number of mobile device users in the East Texas region.
Trinity Mother Frances and Geonetric paired up to create a fresh, spacious design that tells their story as a historic health care provider in East Texas while highlighting their many physicians and providers, and award-winning care and treatment.
We all say we build our websites to help our users—patients and prospects, visitors, staff, communities and more—but do we really?
Top Tasks Help Users
What if focusing on top tasks, clear navigation and streamlined content actually increased our key measures and made our site visitors happy? Your next question might just be: Where do I sign up?
But then you wonder… How could it possibly be that when we first help our website users do what they came to do, they’ll show their love by sticking with us, following through with activities that also benefit our organization?
It seems counterintuitive, but it works. Requirements to fill out forms with lots of fields or pages—or “shouting” at visitors to do something we want before we let them complete their goal—only creates frustration. Such tactics actually interfere with building the positive relationships that create happy users who are inclined to make return visits.
We’ve been reading a lot about “flat design” lately, a seemingly new approach to Web design that is making the Web pundits predict that “This is the future of Web design – the next big thing!” Is flat design really as new and revolutionary as the pundits claim? Or is it just a return to good design fundamentals?
A Visit with Dieter Rams, Circa 1970
Recently, I stumbled across an old article about German industrial designer Dieter Rams that brought the current buzz about “flat design” into perspective. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “There was no Internet in the 1970s. How is this dusty old article relevant to Web design today?” Let’s take a look.
Back in the ’70s, Rams was concerned with the visual state of the world around him which he called “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colors, and noises.” Aware that he was a contributor to that world, he asked himself, “Is my design good design?”