Northwest Film Forum

Project Overview

I worked with a team of three other people to evaluate and redesign a section of the Northwest Film Forum's website.

The business goal: Increase traffic to the filmmaking page.

Our user goals: Want to learn how to get started in filmmaking, connect with others interested in filmmaking, and have access to free or affordable resources and filming equipment.

Role: UX Content Strategist

Project Type: Team project for Advanced Content Strategy graduate course

User Persona

User Interviews

I interviewed four people who fit our user group to figure out what kind of filmmaking content and resources they would be looking for online.

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Opportunities for improvement
Online resources could be easier to locate. The user could feel really overwhelmed at certain parts because there is so much information to learn and they might not have enough time to search through everything on the internet.

Some resources could be providing the user information on who to contact and a simplified database of information about filmmaking, so the user can find everything they need in one place.

Biggest pain points

By creating an online community of people who are interested in filmmaking, the user can feel more confident getting started as a filmmaker.

Content Audit

Our goal with the content audit was to determine the effectiveness of the Filmmaking section of NWFF's website by using the following criteria: Is it up to date? Is it findable? Does it use clear language? Is it scannable and readable?

From the results, my team and I determined the following:

Competitive Analysis

I completed a competitive analysis of three websites that were similar to the Northwest Film Forum; The Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Institute, and Rotten Tomatoes.

What worked well

  • Clean and simple navigation makes it easy for users to find what they are looking for and understand the information presented on the page.
  • As you scroll down the main page of programs, the sticky navigation automatically highlights what part you are looking at. This can help users keep track of where they are on the site.
  • Movie posters showing the percentage score of ratings underneath the image helps users get a quick overview before having to click on anything.
  • For movie reviews, you can click on the person’s icon who wrote the review and learn more about their movie likes and dislikes. This makes it helpful to understand why the person wrote their review and can provide more insight to the users.

What didn't work well

  • The landing pages displayed additional information on a new page, instead of showing that content on the same page. This causes the user to leave the page to find more information and continue to go back and forth between the two pages.
  • Too much information is displayed on the first page of programs and workshops. It can be overwhelming for the user to look at all of this information on one page.
  • For movie reviews, the Super Reviewers were prioritized. I would like to see people’s reviews who are regular reviewers. “Super Reviewer” might confuse users into thinking that person got paid to write a review. It would be better to mix up the reviews to make it seem fair and unbiased.


I created two different wireframe versions of desktop and mobile, based on insight from our user research.

Hi-Fi Wireframes - Filmmaking Landing Page




Since this was a class project, there was no budget and not much time to complete everything. My team and I made sure to work as efficiently as we could by assigning each person tasks to be responsible for. We had multiple check points as a group where we came together and shared notes on what we had completed, and incorporated them into our final project presentation. We were able to help each other out if someone got stuck, and see the different outcomes of our research.

Final Thoughts

After conducting user research to learn more about the audience for Northwest Film Forum, I created an updated landing page for the filmmaking section. By creating a minimal color palette and focusing on the content, users will be much more likely to achieve their goals of understanding the basics of filmmaking and having access to affordable and free resources.

© Melody Sabouri 2019