Barnahus: Protecting Europe’s children
Barnahus, the child protection hub offers accommodation and safety to the victims and witnesses of child abuse. Cinnamon designed, developed, and is now maintaining the website funded by the European Union and carries out vital work for the kids.
Barnahus, the Scandinavian word for the “children’s house”, represents a child-friendly center for abused children. Barnahus works as a child-friendly office, under one roof, where law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective services, medical and mental health workers cooperate and together assess the situation of the child and decide how to follow-up.
Scope of work
Informative content about Barnahus’ commitment
The main challenge was to recreate the website that would more appropriately communicate what Barnahus is, what resources are at their disposal, how to apply for the membership, what are their goals, activities, and news. The new design had to be fresh and easy to engage with.
Another challenge was the reorganization of the content which was overflowing with dry information. The question was how to break the overflow of text and insert relevant images considering photos of children were not allowed.
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De-cluttering the existing sitemap
When we came across the website, it was quite confusing, not intuitive, and poorly arranged. The information was hidden and it was difficult to get the needed data. Cinnamon reconstructed the flow in a logical sequence so that everyone could find what they’re looking for.
Reorganisation of the content
As stated in the previous paragraph, due to the puzzling organization of the content, we had to apply low fidelity wireframes carefully and thoughtfully. Cinnamon managed to rearrange the user flow, making it more approachable and easier to use.
Defining and positioning the elements
High fidelity wireframes, the last stop before the beautification of the website. It wasn’t hard to place the data within the new setup, as we defined it all in the previous step. We transcribed low fidelity wireframes while coming closer to the user interface phase.
Bringing the new visage of Barnhaus to life
Incorporating the new design
Cinnamon put together the unification of the user interface across all pages. Following Barnahus’ branding and colors, we used images for breaking down the content overflow. The initial colors were gloomy, but we managed to refresh them and revive the organization with a new look.
Compelling publications for social media
Cinnamon was tasked to create mockups for books and documents that were meant to be showcased on the client’s social network. Their story is told through effective visuals that grab people’s attention while sticking to Barnhaus' tone, colors, and typography.
Everything went very efficiently and smoothly.
I had one point of contact who was super tuned into all the details of the project and led the whole thing from beginning to end with professionalism and efficiency.
Shawnna von Blixen,
Network Coordinator, Children at Risk
Raising awareness about abused child victims
Barnahus stands for standard practices in providing child victims and witnesses of violence immediate access to justice and care. Cinnamon was handed over a great amount of documentation, which seemed challenging in terms of organizing and displaying all that data, but we managed to motivate the users to actually read it.
Committing to this project has been an eye opening experience, as we gained an insight into child protection. At the end of the day, we at Cinnamon are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of fulfilling the vision of keeping the world a safer place for our children.
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