In a closely fought battle, Glenn Zanatta (pictured left) with 33 votes was the winner of the inaugural Worldwide Intranet Challenge (WIC) intranet home page design competition.
Glenn's design is a radical departure from the typical news centric intranet home page. Features of his design include:
- A clear focus on activities and usefulness
- A simple and uncluttered interface
- An obvious compatibility with mobile and tablet interfaces in addition to the standard desktop/laptop
- A lack of pictures, unnecessary graphics and branding of any kind
- The lack of a top level horizontal menu
It is interesting that voters recognised and appreciated these qualities. Could this be a glimpse of the future of intranet home page design?
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the competition. It was clear that a number of participants invested a lot of time and effort in developing their pages. Many thanks to all those involved. View all competition entries.
Below is Glenn's award winning design.
Glenn's description of his intranet design is below:
"An intranet homepage should provide a useful portal to the wealth of information and business data contained across the software and servers of any organisation.
My solution uses a set of task-oriented focusboards to provide a snapshot of this disparate information in a unified and consistent way. Visible information is relevant only to specific task types, minimising overload and helping the user avoid distraction.
The screens are designed to provide a consistent experience across desktop and mobile platforms, with the focusboards becoming a launchpad for more specific user processes like finding documents, working with email, or manipulating data. Switching focusboards is as simple as a mouse click or a finger swipe.
With this approach, the intranet homepage becomes a functional environment immersing the user in everything needed to complete their job on a daily basis."
Glenn is available for hire: firstname.lastname@example.org
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What do you think of Glenn's design? Is it the way of the future? Does any organisation have a similar design they would like to share?