The family of Katherine Johnson, legendary NASA research mathematician and subject of the film Hidden Figures, approached D2 Creative for help with a very personal website redesign project. The Katherine Johnson Foundation had a website, but the family was not happy with its cold, impersonal feel, and believed that the information on it about Katherine Johnson’s life and accomplishments didn’t do an adequate job capturing her remarkable journey. They wanted the website to tell a more personal story that spoke to who Katherine Johnson really was, not just what a Wikipedia article or Hollywood movie would tell you about her.
Katherine Johnson was more than just a character in a movie, she was a devoted mother, an educator, and a mentor. To tell that side of her story, we needed to get real insights from the people who knew her best. We arranged interviews with her daughters, colleagues, and sorority sisters, so that we could get the full picture of who Katherine Johnson was outside the spotlight. We also took the time to read all of Katherine’s published memoirs, all in order to tell her personal story.
We wanted the site to reflect and support Katherine Johnson’s commitment to education. When writing for the website, we made efforts to ensure that the content was not only informative, but easily absorbable for the children she loved to teach. We also used this redesign as an opportunity to help educate children the way Katherine did in life with links to both her books and various other teaching resources.
All of our planning came together in the new design of the website. Warm colors, carefully selected photography, and a modern look and feel helped to give the site a much more personal atmosphere than the old, plain site.
The new site contains intimate biographical information, a timeline of her professional work and accomplishments, educational resources for teachers and students, and much more for people of all ages to discover and learn about Katherine Johnson. In order to help raise money for the Katherine Johnson Foundation and empower future students in STEM, we integrated a footer form on each page for easy donating.