Usability for Content Created in a CMS (Content Management Systems)
30 Aug 2011 - 2:20pm
2 years ago
I am working in a library, and doing some user experience and Web design work there. This is really my first position in which I am doing these sorts of things...I am also a student at Philadelphia University's Interactive design and media program
When I had far less design background than I have now, I helped launch a CMS that allowed librarians to create research guides for various subjects, to help students studying topics. At the time, I was trying to wrap my head around the fact that numerous people were creating content, each with varying levels of awareness about creating content for the web.
I look at the guides created, and, they are not bad, but could use some editing... not major content changes, but changes to typography, use of colors, use of images, links...
I also know that some on staff might be a bit touchy if I make suggestions... these are their creations, so any attempt on my part to make suggestions may be frowned upon by some.
So, my questions is: should I suggest changes? If so, how I should I discuss it? At a meeting? One-on-one? Or, would I be missing the point if I made suggestions? Should I just leave things be?
I should point out the CMS is not great (I won't say the name, but those in the library world might have a guess)... the design idea behind it is not that good, so it is hard to get a good design.