Anastasis Panagoulias
UI/UX designer

Redesign : UI Designer - Product Manager

This project started as an idea and became a need

It was a complete redesign both on the front end and the back end of the news website.

  • Base responsibilities were the UI Designs along with the coordination of the dev teams

  • Basic sketches started with Figma and finished in Photoshop for the final iterations

  • One of the main challenges was to find the way to keep the site a blog and not follow the norm of News Portal.

  • My role started as a UI Designer and evolved into a Product Manager after the final designs where communicated and approved.

The whole project was a success and most of the milestones were met and most of the deadlines kept

Continuous communication with the development team
redesign of a news blog website


I usually start the design process with low fidelity wireframes. This is the way I iterate through many design options quickly.

  • One of the main reason of my sketches was to get the approval of the main design.

  • After studying the behaviour of our users using Analytics and hot spots on our site, I've started making decisions on elements and the main flow of the website.

  • There have been 6 different rough sketches of the main page with several alignments on the main news feed and customised widgets.

  • Having the main focus to keep the blog style website and avoid looking as a classic News Portal website, the choice of design was not that easy to begin with.

  • Most elements were placed according to the previous website design to keep the changes aesthetically pleasing to the user and keep the main focus on the news feed.

redesign of a news blog website


At the beginning of my design process I created wireframes for testing purposes.

  • Having a more realistic view on the previously made sketches made it easier for everyone on the team to make decisions and changes throughout the designs.

  • Most of the wireframes were created with Figma alongside with Illustrator when high fidelity designs were needed.

  • Having three to four iterations per page, was a great way to present different optics and perspectives to every team meeting.

redesign of a news blog website

UI Design

Once I tested out all usability mistakes, I started designing the final screens in Illustrator and XD.

  • The visual style I've used, kept the main brand colours and kept a clean and easy to follow look.

  • The main inspiration for this style was to make the most efficient and minimal way to keep the focus on the main news feed.

  • The website was created for web mainly and made responsive for mobile devices, with a main difference on removing the widgets from the sidebar and placing them throughout the main news feed.


Lots of lessons learnt in the time I was part of this project.

Mainly I practiced my communication skills between several teams of devs and management to keep a clear view of the scope we've all accomplished.

  • My biggest fear was the workload and the deadlines that we've been given to start with.

  • With an efficient channel of communication and a pretty clear work schedule of responsibilities and tasks it all worked fine at the end.

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