Carbon five Team:
1 Design Lead
1 Designer 👋
1 Product Manager
1 Product Manager
1 Brand Manager
1 Content Strategist
1 UX Researcher
1 VP of Design
Autodesk Design Home
UX + visual + content design for an internal platform to help connect the Autodesk design community.
The Autodesk Design Home was a part of a series of special projects being spearheaded by Maria Giudice, the VP of Design at Autodesk. The company has a global design team spread across many offices, but at the time they did not have a good way of sharing best practices or institutional knowledge. The goal of the design home was to help unify the larger design team, largely by helping individuals find each other for learning, knowledge transfer (around projects, practices and tools) and finding mentorship within Autodesk.
The site was built on top of WordPress because of the accelerated timeline - with the intent that it would be migrated to another platform if it were successful. We launched successfully, on time, and the platform is still in use today.
Autodesk came to us with a few different user archetypes that we expanded on by creating proto-personas to better understand the pain points of being a designer in a large corporation. We did this by synthesizing research that one of the researchers at Autodesk provided as well as by running a persona activity during kickoff.
Site map and flows
In thinking through the navigation and site structure I mapped out the index and detail pages in a site map to identify the different page types to design. I also used this map examine flows to different pages on the site and to look at how our personas might try to find different pages.
Often on projects, because engineering often starts with design at Carbon five, we will go straight from whiteboards into high-fidelity mock-ups.
However, on this project, because we had the luxury of design lead time, we slowed ourselves down a bit and created wireframes for each page before moving on to high fidelity drawings.
Bringing it all together
Here are some sample screens that we ended the project on for the product launch at Autodesk's internal design conference.
We were tasked with adopting the Autodesk Brand Guidelines that had just been published online. Part of our review process was making sure that we met brand requirements as well as content requirements. This meant using approved fonts, imagery and iconography.
My work included the plan for the overall site structure, the homepage, detail pages, index pages (people, locations etc), discipline areas, and posts.