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California Academy of Sciences


It's hard to believe, but differently colored buttons replacing monochrome gray rectangles can make a big difference. The small, obvious changes can be huge, especially in making a content entry system user-friendly. 

Our work for this site was on the back end, making editing content a friendlier proposition. Besides buttons, we split up long, visually taxing lists into sections and added a sidebar. (Imagine a Wikipedia as a block of text without pictures or headings—painful, right?)

We also enabled a feature to preview changes while keeping existing content live, enabling collaboration in working alternate versions without interrupting the site's usability. 

These small tweaks can be all a site needs to become more functional and easier to use—the pinch of salt in your pasta water. That pinch is just a few grains of sodium chloride, but try pasta without them and you'll see the difference.

California Academy of Sciences
Content Manager UX