What the Bar Council wanted
The Bar Council’s new web platform had to incorporate three existing sites: The Bar Council, Young Bar Hub and the Employed Bar Hub.
Clear navigation was paramount to the new website which would now serve the needs of several audiences including barristers, other chambers staff, students, policymakers, press, other legal organisations as well as the general public.
Built using Pixl8’s flexible digital platform Preside, the design focus was on rationalising where content could be found by making clearer user journeys across the website.
On top of greater functionality, the new website required greater use of rich media such as video, while also being mobile friendly and designed to compliment and highlight the Bar Council brand.
And then some
Content is king- but only if you can find it. Great navigational structure is one thing, but if section headings are ambiguous, confusion reigns, content is still hard to find and users get frustrated. We carried out a series of user tests to see how easy it was for members to find what they were looking for.
The results of this allowed us to make additional amendments to key wording, meaning we were able to further improve the usability and functionality of the website.
The Bar Council needed to relay a lot of complicated information to their members through Covid-19. Document and content management in Preside has made that possible to do effectively.