Project Date: June 26, 2015 Skills: Web Design

Our Own Voice Online Literary Journal

Website re-design for Our Own Voice, online literary journal

Process Notes

Our Own Voice is an online literary journal that has focused on writing by Filipinos in the diaspora since 2001. They approached me because they were looking for a new web designer to facilitate online publication of their future issues.

The site had been recently partially transferred to a WordPress CMS. After browsing their site and taking into consideration the design of other online literary journals with a focus on Asian American writing, I suggested prioritizing a site re-design to simplify and update the look and feel, while keeping the overall structure consistent with previous issues.

I focused on re-vamping the look of Issues 41-44, the content of which had been managed via WordPress. The main structural changes I implemented were consolidating the two sidebars into one, and localizing the multiple mastheads. Past issues were previously listed as text links, so I created a gallery grid view to highlight the frontispiece images and make the issue content more visually appealing and accessible for visitors. I also installed a responsive theme as a base so that the site could be mobile-friendly.

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