Catamaran IdentityNewFoundry designed the UX/UI protocol that serves as the foundation of the all-new Michigan Department of Education data and resource portal set to launch in November. The new digital destination, developed by Red Cedar Solutions Group (RCSG), replaces CIMS and is designed to serve as a vessel of two-way communication between the MDOE and the school districts it serves. NewFoundry designed the user standards protocol for RCSG to drive consist clarity, accessibility, and navigability across all of its software products while ensuring that each of them looks as great as it functions.

With the launch date quickly approaching, education program management firm Public Sector Consultants tapped NewFoundry to develop a new name for the portal. NewFoundry strategists conducted discovery sessions with key stakeholders, marketplace immersion, and other secondary research to develop the strategic criteria that would guide the name ideation efforts. The result of the process is ‘Catamaran’, a name selected to represent forward motion, a vessel of two-way communication, and partnership between the state and districts. Our design team then developed the visual identity that would extend and reinfoce the name’s ideals by creating an approachable, intuitive web portal user experience.

We couldn’t be more proud of the outcomes of this end-to-end, collaborative partnership with Red Cedar Solutions Group, Public Sector Consultants, and the Michigan Department of Education.