An organization that needs no introduction, the YMCA has long been dedicated to the promotion of healthy living among individuals of all ages. YMCA of the Prairie is based in south-central Nebraska, serving the Lexington, Holdrege and Gothenburg communities. They are dedicated to their mission of designing and implementing programs that put into practice their Christian principles and help their members build healthy spirits, minds, and bodies.
Control Yours worked with YMCA to redesign their website and make it more cohesive. We used large images and bright, playful colors to represent the exciting, engaging, and family-friendly atmosphere that characterizes their locations. We had a great time working with YMCA of the Prairie, and we wish them all the best!
Kristine Jacobson, one of the board members at YMCA of the Prairie, came to us about designing a website for them. Their branch encompass three separate locations: the Don Sjogren Community YMCA, the Orthman Community YMCA, and the YMCA at Gothenburg Health. They wanted a website that included all three and made it easy to find information about each individual location as well as the YMCA of the Prairie family as a whole.
Because YMCA of the Prairie is linked with the official YMCA organization, there were quite a few regulations that had to be adhered to in order to meet their standards. These included specifications about things like color scheme (and color order), fonts, imagery, and graphics. Though these limitations seemed a little inhibiting at first, our team was nonetheless determined to make sure that YMCA of the Prairie’s website both fit in and stood out among others belonging to the brand.
This project was fairly content heavy, with lots of information and pages. It was also very corporate, with strict guidelines we were required to adhere to. It was a great test of our flexibility, as a company, to take on a project for a website that was a part of such a massive corporation. Overall, the development stage proceeded without any major blips, and we were all happy with the end result.
We knew the team at YMCA of the Prairie would want to make updates and changes to their website as they planned new events and activities. We put together a video tutorial showing them how to update the slider on their home page with new images and announcements, and we also walked them through the process over email.
Initial Scope & Deliverables
A website that encompassed all three locations in an understandable and visually appealing way.
Updated imagery and a modernized color scheme and design.
Reduced clutter, improved organization and an additional navigation bar.
A design that adhered to the YMCA design guidelines while also maintaining its own individualistic flair.
- Resolved login issues for YMCA users.
- Updated information on Mission Stories page.
- Added new slider images and text.
- Combined desktop and mobile menus.