Brent Finnegan -- March 22nd, 2011
The City of Harrisonburg is seeking input from citizens as they plan to redesign the harrisonburgva.gov website.
The City Manager’s Office announced a call for feedback Tuesday morning:
The last major design effort for the site was done in 2005.
“The internet is a fast moving space,” said Public Information Officer Miriam Dickler. “What was cutting edge and the height of usability six years ago is now dated and not intuitive. The website we have is good, but we know it could be better.”
City staff is working internally to address issues that they have identified. In order to ensure that the site is useful to the public, the city is seeking volunteers to join small meetings to provide feedback.
What do you want in a municipal website? Last year Fast Company reviewed the best and worst government site designs, highlighting some embarrassingly horrible federal sites. If there was a common element among the best sites, it was “user-friendly,” easy-to-find information (often involving colorful infographics).
Those interested in sharing their ideas for a redesign can sign up on the city website.