Marie Curie

Agile UX and website redesign for Marie Curie

Evolution of the homepage throughout the project

Marie Curie is the leading UK charity for people living with terminal illness, their loved ones, their supporters and volunteers.

Marie Curie run 9 hospices in the UK and have a network of volunteers and helpers throughout the country. In 2014 Marie Curie started their website re-design with some up-front research, followed by user-centric iterative Agile UX design and development.

What Marie Curie wanted:

  • Agile UX to drive the website redesign
  • Improved Marie Curie support to people affected by terminal illness and their loved ones much earlier in their journey by designing a new digital information and support service
  • Appealing to a more diverse audience, leading to increased number of people benefitting from Marie Curie services and supporting the charity
  • A user-centric information architecture and structure for a newly designed website

What Bunnyfoot delivered:

  • We involved stakeholders throughout the up-front research phase, including co-creation workshops and frequent feedback sessions
  • Bunnyfoot working with key stakeholders at Marie Curie to create skeleton personas
  • We delivered a set of beautiful, diverse and user-centred personas based on ethnographic research with medical staff, hospice supporters and depth interviews with people affected by terminal illness, volunteers, carers and supporters
  • We developed mental models of key personas to enable us to plan content for the site and to uncover missing content that needed to be developed to support the new service
  • We reviewed the personas to uncover the thoughts, emotions, pain points and expectations and translated these into an experience map. This gave invaluable insight into support opportunities across touch points and care service providers
  • Personas were at the heart of design and development
  • Worked within Agile development sprints (10 sprints each lasting 2 weeks and consisting of defining the brief, sketching concepts, wireframing and testing with real users)
  • We carried out Agile user testing across seven UK locations including, Bristol, Edinburgh, Exeter, Inverness, London, Newcastle, Oxford, Sheffield and Swansea

The Results

Bunnyfoot's mental models and personas were key to understanding people's information and emotional needs, which helped shape the new website and the new online and phone support service. Our Agile UX and design work helped ensure that the site structure and menus worked well and site content was based on users' needs. Working iteratively we also made sure that key customer journeys, such as donate, were not just usable but also persuasive.

20% increase in traffic to the site

75% increase in returning visitors

Evolution of the donation page from the original to paper prototyping, interactive wireframing to the finished design
" We have seen a number of encouraging results including increased dwell times and engagement levels, as well as improved mobile conversions on key funnels."

Claire Hazle, Head of Digital
Marie Curie

"The site was developed following extensive user research, and features a new streamlined navigation which reflects the way people choose to access information, as well as more intuitive functions that enable users to quickly access the right data."

Claire Hazle, Head of Digital
Marie Curie

"Working at a fast pace, Bunnyfoot delivered high quality UX insight and wireframes to fit into our Agile development process. The Marie Cure team were incredibly pleased with the quality, timeliness and content of everything they produced."

Natalie Coley, Project Manager
Marie Curie

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