Harvard/Koolhaas: Project on the City Moscow

During my final semester at the Harvard GSD, I was one of a handful of selected researchers to co-curate a show on Russian 1960′s and ’70s Archictecture and Urbanism in Moscow called Utopian?

The show was in conjunction with the Russian government and scheduled to take place at the state run MUAR, the Schusev Museum of Architecture.

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ONE.ORG

Possibly my favorite project while at Wieden + Kennedy was the re-branding and restyling of the website for ONE.ORG. The ONE Campaign seeks to raise public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in developing countries. This website was strategically redesigned to make it easy for Americans to learn how ONE works. The main focus of the campaign was to collect names, and the main focus of our jobs was to explain a complex procedure as simply as possible.

Problem#1: Americans did not understand how ONE.ORG worked. Misconceptions included people thinking that ONE was soliciting them for money or asking them to volunteer in Africa.

Problem #2: Too much text/ People don’t read. Initially the original front page of ONE.ORG were paragraphs and paragraphs of copy that explained the mission and some of their recent activities. Based on user analysis, people simply felt overwhelmed by the amount of reading required and would close the window within moments.

Solutions: First I drastically reduced the amount of text on the front page and turned the explanation of ONE.ORG’s process into an icon based explanation. Through the animation with the icons, people were able to ‘snapshot’ the entire process which was previously explained in multiple paragraphs. Users were now getting the message and understanding what the website was about at the least… and many were engaging further.

The second part of the strategy as revealed through user experience research was to implement a way for different types of people to express their involvement. Some people are action oriented and want to engage with their communities, some are interested in the policy level and some are only concerned with the effect on end users. The website was then architected around these three main action categories – allowing all personalities to engage in the way that was most natural to them.

Please view the site demo below. Launch Full Screen in New Window Team Credits: Concepted and designed at Wieden +Kennedy New York with Lu Chekowsky, Alan Buchanan, and Andy Lindblade. Role: Interactive Creative Director, Interaction Designer, Digital Strategy *Note: This website re-design was not employed fully, but elements of the strategy and the design principles are on view at the newly redesigned ONE.