Humanitarian Practice Network
Helping the Humanitarian sector have better access to information
The Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) is an independent forum for policy-makers, practitioners and others working in the humanitarian sector. It was established in 1994 by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG), which is part of global affairs think tank ODI.
HPN invited us to redesign their old WordPress website in 2021, bringing it up to date post pandemic. The new site is cleaner, faster and also now includes member features and a digital version of HPN’s Humanitarian Exchange magazine.
- Powerful new search function
- Mega Menu
- Member features
- Digital magazine
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Discovering HPN’s audience
To make sure we created a website that met the needs of all users, we began with our in-depth discovery process. This meeting at Somerset House was one of our first in-person meetings since the pandemic began!
It was really exciting to be able to bounce ideas around in person, reviewing who uses the HPN website, and creating user personas to map their online journeys before beginning our design process.
We designed and developed a detailed ‘mega menu’, that allows users to navigate through hierarchical terms from the top level menu, including a range of publications, topics, regions and countries within these.
From the top menu, users can also submit articles for publication.
Powering up the search function
Being a repository for rich humanitarian content, the website needed a much more powerful search and filter system to make it more intuitive for visitors to the site.
To achieve this, we introduced a range of taxonomies in the back-end, to help better categorise the wealth of content.
Visitors to the website have the option of signing up to be a member of the network. Signing up allows members to:
- Be notified when new articles are published
- Bookmark favourite articles to come back to at a later date
- Comment on articles and interact with other HPN members
- Help the HPN team translate articles to make the information accessible to more people
- Access the HPN author database, and email authors directly.
Humanitarian Exchange online magazine
HPN publish a magazine called the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine. We created a fully digital version of this magazine, including an archive of previous issues, for the new website.
The content pages we created for each magazine makes it easy for users to navigate the online version, and there is also an option to download a pdf version of the magazine to read offline.