The heart and soul of the CSHF site is the inductee explorer—an interactive library of songwriters, songs and special contributors honoured by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. With so much at stake, we took great care in designing the UX and UI to make searching and filtering as easy as possible. Implementing predictive search further reduces cognitive load for users.
At launch, there were more than 50 songwriter profiles on the website. Each tells a very compelling and human story about the artist, and in many cases is accompanied by video from the artist’s induction ceremony. We painstakingly prepared hundreds of images for the CSHF site, many of which appear in the songwriter profiles.
As with the songwriters themselves, every song inducted into CSHF has its own page complete with an engaging story, a list of artists who’ve covered the song, a link to the songwriter page, supporting video and an audio clip courtesy of integration with Spotify. A pop-out menu gives users easy access to the more than 160 inducted songs in alphabetical order.
Between 2003 and 2017, CHSF held eight induction ceremonies, each of which is featured on the new website. Induction ceremony pages include dozens of embedded videos from the event, a list of inductees with links to their profiles, a list of artists who performed at the event, special achievement recipients and related news articles. The goal was to take visitors on an immersive journey so they can share in the excitement, laughs and heartfelt moments of the ceremonies.
The site looks amazing and the team did an amazing job in pulling it all together, and I am sure the January launch will go smoothly as well.
John Smith, CEO of SOCAN
Redesigning CSHF.ca was an exhausting but rewarding process that resulted in a work of pride for everyone involved.
CSHF now has a website it can use to properly showcase Canada’s greatest songwriters and to promote future events. The content management system will make the site easy to update as new artists are honoured.