Lead UX Designer


Apr - Oct 2019



What is Ingenium?

Ingenium is a Canadian organization that represents three museums in Ottawa (Science & Technology, Farming & Agriculture, Space & Aviation). All three of the museums are organized within the Ingenium website.

Why did I work for them?

They had acknowledged that their current website was not meeting their expectations or leaving all of their users satisfied. Through user research, and testing I was asked to discover where the pain points were on the website to resolve them by proposing new designs and testing them.

How were people getting to the site?

Tools like HotJar were used to determine how users navigate the website based on where they click and how they scroll through the page. Google Analytics was used to see the most common navigational paths that people took within the website, and how people entered the website.

With this information it was determined that more than three quarters of the people that entered the Ingenium website, were entering via one of the particular museums.

Out of 478,000 visits to the site...


were landing at one of the museum pages


were landing at the Ingenium homepage

Users were unaware of the relationship between Ingenium and Museums

Defining the problem.

Through user testing it was discovered that a lot of people did not understand what Ingenium is and how it is related to the museums. The website was structured with the expectation that people understood that the 3 museums were all related under one organization. This lack of understanding as to how the museums and Ingenium are related, caused confusion among many users.

How was it addressed?

To emphasize the relationship between the museum and Ingenium, the logo for the museum and for Ingenium were included in the navigation bar next to each other based on the section of the website the user was on. The relationship was intended to represent the hierarchy between the two.

Additionally, an about section was added as a component on the main Ingenium home page, and each of the museum home pages. These additions alone did not fix the issue of helping users understand the relationship between Ingenium and the museums, but it was the first step, along with another step that is explained below.

Location within website structure was unclear

Defining the problem.

The navigation bar on the website did not help promote understanding as to where the user was on the website. Users most commonly entered the site from Google into a section within a museum, and expected that they were only viewing and navigating between information that was related to that particular museum.

However, if they used the navigation bar with the intention of exploring more areas within this museum, it often brought them to a page where they were able to see information about all three museums. The navigation bar was not informative as to their location on the website, and it brought users to areas of the website that they did not anticipate.

How was it addressed?

Instead of having the navigation bar of the website be identical on every section of the website, I proposed having the navigation bar be split into two parts. The top half represents the overall Ingenium organization’s navigation, and the bottom half represents the section of the website the user was within (like a specific museum).

The primary colour in the navigation bar was the same as the one that existed in the museum logo. When a user changes between different museum sections on the website, the colour scheme on the navigation bar changes to help reinforce the notion that they are now in a different section.

Critical information was too difficult to find

Defining the problem.

With Hotjar it was determined that many people were coming to the website often to find three key points of information: the address of the museum, the entry price, and its hours of operation. Most of this information could be found within the "Visitor Information" (highlighted in red in the image below). This information was often missed by many users due to a lack of visual hierarchy and separation.

How was it addressed?

The visitor information was brought into the main navigation bar and was placed under the heading “Visit”, based on data from the people we had surveyed on where they would expect it to be. Additionally, it was included on the page as a button with a contrasting colour to give users two different opportunities to discover this information.

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