When we first launched ChangeEverything.ca, it was a hectic and amazing time. Not enough time to get everything done. One of the areas I felt we could do better was site usability and overall design. Kate and I always felt like we wanted to go back and make some improvements.
So this year, we blocked out some budget and started working on fixing some of those areas. Among the areas we focused on were:
improving the registration flow
improving the workflow for adding changes and blog posts
grouping social features together so people discover each other and interact easier
putting a sharper focus on the people, and not just on the text
A major project I’ve been working on for the past few months is spearheading the re-architecting and rewriting of all the content in the community area of vancity.com. It’s been a massive project because, well, frankly we never expained the myriad ways we do good things in our community everyday. A little gap I think.
In other words, the very reason I wanted to work at Vancity, and the main thing that keeps me excited to come to work everyday was almost entirely absent from our website. It’s a long story.
So, I’m so extraordinarily pleased to share with you our new MyCommunity area.
I don’t like Microsoft products. There I said it, and hopefully you’re not offended.
For an upcoming presentation I want to create some charts and graphs nicer than anything Excel can spit out. And I don’t have Keynote, which is probably the solution I should be looking at. In the meantime though, are there any good web 2.0 offerings that allow you to input data and create nice looking charts and graphs?
If you do, please comment here with the URLs or email me at william [at] azaroff [dot] com.
I am so pleased to learn that ChangeEverything.ca won a Certificate at the 2007 Digital Marketing Awards in the category of Website: Financial services.
The category is described as “Any site designed to promote banks, trusts, co-ops, investment brands, insurance, etc.”
The awards as a whole are described this way:
The Digital Marketing Awards represents the best of interactive marketing in Canada. The awards are produced by Marketing magazine, and judged by the industry. The mandate of the DMAs is to inspire many by rewarding few. Those few will be chosen for their innovation and creativity, and for leveraging the interactive environment to it’s full potential.