While building the UPMD website for the Parent’s Association of Saigon’s French School, Amagumo Labs developers focused on functionality through the creation of a full-fledged event calendar, allowing the association to share complete events. At the same time, useability and readability were major challenges for our designers as the website had to be easily maintained by less tech-savvy users.
UPMD Parent school association website
UPMD is the Parent’s Association of Saigon’s Marie Duras French School. Being very active with a lot of events organized in partnership with the school and the French community, the association needed a website that would both be legible to quickly and efficiently communicate about events, and the school’s life in general, as well as being stable and easy enough to update for the association members to update without extensive training. This website was to serve as a basis for all the association’s communication, and as a meeting point for all things related to the school’s life.
Building the UPMD website represented a twofold challenge for our team : creating a rock-solid platform that would still be easily maintained, and updated, by volunteer users who wouldn’t have extensive technical know-how. While the backend had to be intuitive, the front-end needed to remain uncluttered, putting emphasis on news and events, while visitors going to deeper pages would access more complete informations and reports.
Amagumo Labs focused intensely on the homepage design, bringing two separate news feeds and a visual calendar on top of the page in order for user to quickly get essential information. This allows, at a quick glance, visitors to be oriented towards the most important articles and events. Deeper pages contain more information, as well as complete archives and feeds about the different activities of the UPMD association, and are easily updated by the website administrators. Implementation of a members-only area allowed for deeper information control, creating a separation between publicly-available news and association-only events and updates.