Emory University

Library System UX and Design

  • Emory University
  • Challenge

    Emory University needed a digital hub for their library system, which included content from nine libraries and various service offerings.

  • Solution

    Conducted extensive user research, which informed a new site architecture and navigation, surfacing relevant content to their wide userbase on elegantly designed pages.

  • Results

    A beautiful, intuitive website that captures resources from all nine libraries in a digital hub created for all its users – students, faculty, librarians, and the public.

One for the books. Emory University offers students access to nine different libraries, but the digital experience for these collections was disjointed and confusing for users. We conducted user research to understand how students, faculty, librarians, and the public used these resources. Guided by our insights, we created a new site hierarchy and content strategy, arming content producers and site administrators with a voice and tone guide, as well as a content governance guide. We redesigned the site visually and produced a design system to help the university development teams expand and extend the site as needed for years to come.

  • Emory Libraries Designs
  • We created comprehensive guidelines for writing for the web and content workflow recommendations.
  • Refreshed color scheme with accessibility guidelines
    An expanded color palette to complement Emory's brand colors, accompanied by thorough accessibility guidelines.
  • Emory's reimagined navigation
    The new navigation was designed to provide a wealth of information, presented in a way that's intuitive for users.
  • A modular design system
    A modular approach to the design gives Emory foolproof flexibility
  • Emory's design in action


Emory University needed a new digital experience for their library system. After extensive user research, we designed an information hub that made resources from their nine libraries accessible for students, faculty, librarians, and the public.