Web Design and Front-End Development

What makes a site engaging and usable? A Strong design process based on a user-centric design approach that follows web best practices. Web and mobile site design should be usable and obvious, and self-explanatory. For federal agencies, we follow standards such as Section 508, US Digital Design, and FISMA.

Research

Critical success factors include: Proper planning and thorough research with your target audience.

  • Focus GroupFocus Group
  • Online SurveysOnline Surveys
  • Client InterviewClient Interview
  • Analytics ReviewsAnalytics Reviews
  • Content AuditContent Audit

User Experience / User Interfaces

Navigation should be intuitive with visual clues that can help users get from point A to point B quickly.

  • Site MapsSite Maps
  • WireframesWireframes
  • Creative BriefsCreative Briefs
User Experience / User Interfaces Design

Content

Writing strong content keeps users engaged and interested in your website.

  • Brand MessagingBrand Messaging
  • Content StrategyContent Strategy
  • Content MarketingContent Marketing
  • Copy WritingCopy Writing

Design

A strong visual design should have elements of proximity, balance, alignment and repetition, contrast & whitespace.

  • Website DesignWebsite Design
  • Responsive & MobileResponsive & Mobile
  • User Interface DesignUser Interface Design
  • InfographicsInfographics
  • Logos & IllustrationLogos & Illustration
  • Style Guides

Front End Development

Moving from the visual design compositions to properly coded themes, requires skill and experience.

  • HTML5HTML5
  • CSS/SASS/CompassCSS/SASS/Compass
  • AjaxAjax
  • JSON FormatsJSON Formats
  • JQueryJQuery
  • Angular / BackboneAngular / Backbone
  • PhotoshopPhotoshop
  • IllustratorIllustrator
  • In-DesignIn-Design

 

Examples of our work in Web Design and Front-End Development

USDA.gov Redesign and Migration to Drupal 8
Working with USDA, WebFirst created a framework for an Enterprise-wide platform that will allow USDA websites to be shared and grow together by enabling content to be managed in a way that breaks down internal silos and optimizes collaboration.
NIH Library
The NIH Library is an open stacks biomedical research library, whose collection and services are developed to support the programs of the National Institutes of Health and selected U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies. The NIH Library provides access to over 10,000 electronic journals, 16,000 e-books, and over 170 databases. The NIH Library came to WebFirst with a need to re-design and re-develop the website and to make it accessible via mobile responsive design.

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