VALA2022 Online Session 2 Schrader

Curriculum Connect: putting users at the center of design


Tuesday 14 June 2022, 12:00 – 12:30

Ryan Schrader
  • UI/UX Designer, Marketing and Communications
  • State Library of Queensland
Linda Barron
  • Director Visitor and Information Services
  • State Library of Queensland

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Developed by State Library of Queensland, Curriculum Connect is a website for teachers and students incorporating teacher-reviewed educational resources. It offers quality classroom ready units of work, lesson plans and one-off activities. State Library utilised a user-centred design process to create Curriculum Connect. This paper discusses why it is important to put users at the centre of design. We explore how to identify your users and understand their needs. We discuss ways to involve users at each stage of the design process. We present how to align user needs with organisational requirements as well as how to adopt accessible and inclusive design practice. The paper concludes with strategies for continuous improvement once sites have been launched.


Ryan Schrader is a seasoned UX/UI designer with over 20 years of expertise in creating highly-effective, user-centered digital experiences. He is a curious thinker, who believes there is no problem that can’t be solved through empathy and good design. Ryan’s past work with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Ego Pharmaceuticals and ANZ have helped clients understand their customer’s needs. Ryan believes in a solid UX process that involves users at every touchpoint. Designing for the true customer experience, supported by data, is where Ryan discovers key insights that deliver not only intuitive interfaces, but results.

Linda Barron is Director of Visitor and Information Services at State Library of Queensland where she manages a large team of staff delivering a range of online and onsite services to the Queensland public. This includes the coordinator of programs and activities to engage schools. She leads by example and gets a great deal of satisfaction from developing others. Linda loves libraries, learning, baking and eating what she bakes.

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