United Nations Inter-Agency Games 2014

Building a website based on enhancing the user-experience, making it easier and more comfortable to navigate.

Website Design & Development


The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.

In 1971, UN Geneva organised the first multi-institutional sports competition in Champéry, Switzerland. Ten organizations of the UN System with offices in Europe participated. The Games included the following disciplines: chess, football, table tennis, tennis and men's volleyball. Thus the United Nations Inter-Agency Games were initiated and the principle of alternating the venue and the responsibility for the organization of the Games among the UN organizations in Geneva, Rome, Vienna and Paris were adopted. General Rules for the Games were adopted and a Control Commission established to assure their adherence.

United Nations Building in New York City, NY

The Brief

In 2014 the United Nations HQ (NYC) would be hosting the 41st Inter-Agency Games. This would be the first time the games were being held in New York City. For this special occasion they wanted to go above and beyond for these games and create a new look for the website and matching design for the promotional pieces and signage. The website would be created first and that would set the tone for the print visuals.

The timeline for completion was short, the website was started just a few months before the event was due to commence. I had a project 2 months to go from research/conception to website launch. They wanted the website to be functional so that people could register for the event and they could use it to upload news updates.


Before I did any research myself, I was given an idea of what they didn't want. They used the current and past Inter-Agency Games websites that they had at the time as examples of what they wanted to avoid. They were simple sites that were text heavy and lacking in images. They weren't the most visually appealing sites.

When I started my research for this project I centered it on similar criteria. The criteria was an international event, my instinct was to investigate the Olympics and World Cups—two of the largest events that fit the criteria and would be the best at showcasing the different aspects of the games to keep in mind.

Wireframes & Prototypes

My role was the design and development of the site, not designing the assets. I wanted to create a layout that would accommodate the colors, logo and any other assets the United Nations designers came up with. There was a quick review process with the Coordination Committee and the United Nations Print Department. After the review I created a live prototype so I could easily update it and everyone on it's progress. This made it easier to get feedback on the final product.

Launch & Results

The new site was successful in bringing more visual elements to the new design while still being full of necessary information. The launch of the site was 4 months before the event, to get everyone on the same page for registration and coordination for the event. After the site launch there were over 44,000 pageviews with a bounce rate of 34% (lower bounce rate is good), an average of 4 pages per session (people viewed at least 4 pages every visit) and for an average duration of about 4 mins.

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