Alex Chang

UX & Interaction Designer

SharePoint Portal Redesign

In 2007, Point B brought in a local design firm in Seattle to help with its SharePoint portal upgrade and redesign project; it was one of the biggest initiatives for the management firm that year. I was the development lead for Point B on this project. After the design firm failed to deliver a satisfactory design proposal for the portal’s information architecture and visual design, I jumped in and created a fresh set of information architecture, search, and home page designs that better aligned with the firm’s business needs and the mental model of the end users (see the “before” and “after” designs below). The design that I produced was chosen over the ones proposed by the design firm and became the blueprint for the final portal redesign. I also brought in a Web designer friend to polish the final look and feel on my design proposal over just one weekend. We were able to “save the day” and produced a design that really hit the mark for Point B.

(All designs and screenshots displayed below are copyrighted by Point B, Inc. Used by permission.)

  • Role: UX designer
  • Company: Point B
  • Platform: SharePoint
  • Methods and skills: Information architecture, wireframing, rapid prototyping
  • Year: 2007

The enterprise portal homepage design delivered by the design firm that failed <br />to meet Point B's needs in its layout, content areas, and usability.
The enterprise portal homepage design delivered by the design firm that failed
to meet Point B's needs in its layout, content areas, and usability.
The homepage wireframe I created that eventually became the blueprint for the final portal design.
The homepage wireframe I created that eventually became the blueprint for the final portal design.
The design comp created by the design firm felt dated and stale. It failed to deliver <br />the fresh and energizing feel that Point B was looking for.
The design comp created by the design firm felt dated and stale. It failed to deliver
the fresh and energizing feel that Point B was looking for.
With some help from a visual designer, this comp was created based on my proposed wireframes. <br />This became the final portal design that has been serving the organization for the last 7 years.
With some help from a visual designer, this comp was created based on my proposed wireframes.
This became the final portal design that has been serving the organization for the last 7 years.