The National Judicial College of Australia (NJCA) is an independent, nonprofit entity, incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. Since its inception in 2002, the NJCA has designed, developed and delivered judicial education and training programs for Australian judicial officers across all court hierarchies and jurisdictions.
With the launch of an upcoming program, the NJCA team required a rapid rebuild of their website to handle the predicted spike in traffic and to provide users with a more user-friendly experience. Their old site was outdated and showcased content more like a Word document than a website. The team also wanted to revamp their logo to better reflect their leading role in Australian Judicial education.
With the need to update content on the website, we agreed to work on a tight schedule to build the new website. We worked closely with the NJCA to understand their needs, values, and goals, to create a customised plan that met their unique needs.
Throughout the project, we worked on multiple facets of the business including:
The team required updates to their existing logo to uplift the organisation's level of prestige. Maintaining their original colour palette and use of squares within their icon, we conceptualised a number of logos. After some feedback, the final logo was chosen. The biggest change to the logo was ensuring that the organisation's acronym, ‘NJCA’ was present in the primary logo and more prominent. The previous logo featured two versions, one with the full name and one with the acronym. Yet, the text proved illegible from a distance. The use of the acronym allows the logo to stand out from afar, across all print and digital mediums.
To ensure a seamless development of the website based on the initial design, our team regularly conducted virtual meetings with the NJCA. These meetings served as opportunities for requirement gathering, project updates, and design reviews. By engaging in these collaborative sessions, we were able to efficiently identify the necessary elements for the site, determine the best approach for executing the design, and make immediate adjustments.
To improve the feedback process during our design phase, we implemented a practice of prototyping each and every design to simulate the navigation of a fully functional website. This approach greatly aided the NJCA in identifying areas that needed modifications, enabling us to proceed rapidly with the development process once all designs and the user experience was approved.
Custom Web Development
In order to streamline the development process, our development team closely collaborated with the design team to create pages once the individual designs were approved by the NJCA. This collaborative approach significantly reduced the gap between design and development, resulting in a faster overall process.
The team concluded website development and went live with the website in time for the launch of the NJCA’s new program. Our team continues to help monitor the site and make adjustments wherever necessary. The structured approach to the website allows Judicial officials and the public to navigate the website freely to view what the NJCA has to offer.