Redesigning Visualizing Audio

Session Title

Redesigning Visualizing Audio


Callie Neylan, National Public Radio

Session Type: Presentation

NPR embarked on a major redesign of its web presence in April 2008. Its existing web platform and content management system (CMS) were outdated (it had been six years since our last redesign) and failed to provide the functionality for delivery of NPR’s signature storytelling and news reporting.

Via a collaborative effort among its editorial, user experience, design and application development teams, NPR redesigned its content management system and website. Following agile development methodologies, the team overhaluled the site’s functionality, usability, and visual presence. The new site was launched on July 27, 2009.


Callie Neylan has an MFA in design from the University of Washington and is a senior designer with NPR’s User Experience group. She has worked at renowned design firms including Gensler and Teague and is also adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


  1. Amy
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    As a user, I’m pretty impressed with the redesign, so as a practitioner, I’m interested in hearing about the process that led to it.

  2. Posted October 1, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Callie, I think NPR is doing a lot of things right when it comes to a blended media future.

    Will your presentation be a straightforward case study or do you have something else in mind?

    I also wonder where the focus of the talk will be — at the experiential end, a behind-the-scenes talk, or something else?