The Salmon Project
Visual Storytelling for the Salmon Project
When we started working with the Salmon Project team, the organization didn’t exist. No really, the Project was a small group of individuals inspired to help Alaskans reexamine their relationship with salmon both as a resource and a way of life. Salmon culture runs deep in Alaska. The more we learned about the strength and diversity of Alaskans’ connections to salmon, the more excited we became about telling this story visually on the web.
We recognized early on that this website needed to be driven by storytelling, so we began discovery by sitting down with the Salmon Project team to listen to their stories. Given that they’re fishermen, there were many… We then engaged in a number of discovery exercises such as “card sorting” and “Cores & Paths” to prioritize features and potential design directions.
Information Architecture & Design
We faced a tight deadline to launch the website in conjunction with a major print campaign. So we approached wireframes and graphic design iteratively with short feedback loops. Not to get too technical, but we were able to move design forward more quickly by leveraging a rapid-prototyping framework called Foundation.
We launched the Salmon Project website under budget and ahead of schedule in just eight weeks. The site included a responsive theme, a robust survey management tool, and a sophisticated CRM backend built on top of RedHen. Combining these tools, we were able to help the Salmon Project connect with many thousands of new Alaskans through their “Salmon Love” campaign.
The results have been impressive - a very low 30% bounce rate on the homepage for the first two months, 10,000 participants in the Salmon Love Sweepstakes in the first 30 days, and 550 site visitors per day in the first week.
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