Website Redesign for a Platform for Higher Education Institutions provides marketing and software automation for higher education institutions and a comprehensive database for students.

Final web designs showing the main page in mockups.


Keystone - Masterstudies




UI/UX Design
+ UX Research

Team Setup

2 Designers
+ 1 Researcher


1 Year

Goal came to us looking for help in accomplishing multiple goals: unify the website's structure, boost contact form conversions, enhance user experience, and enable multilingual functionality.


The challenges encompassed maintaining design consistency across various platforms and implementing functionality in 44 languages required careful planning for linguistic nuances. Additionally, to increase contact form conversions, we needed to address user hesitancy and pinpoint the best time to request information.


The project resulted in a cohesive design, making the site feel more trustworthy. The contact form conversion rate increased by strategically repositioning it and we established a universal content structure for the program pages.

UI Components


How we started

  • ✦ We developed presumptive personas and outlined the customer journey.
  • ✦ We collected the team's suppositions about their enterprise, rivals, clients (i.e., universities), and users (i.e., students).
  • ✦ We requested the team to articulate their vision, mission, and values, enabling us to align the new design with their principles.
The old design of Masterstudies' main page.
Old website

Research and Wireframing

Our research process

Our researcher started with discovery interviews and Google Analytics reports for the existing website. We’ve collected more than 1300 observations to uncover the main pain points and the areas for improvement.

The research findings have been used to iterate the wireframes during the design process, improve user experience on the website, and create the ultimate design solution.

Time to sketch!

We started with sketching workshops ideating multiple solutions for every page type while leaving the customer flow intact with the plan of changing one thing at a time.

Our two designers divided their work by platform type: mobile and desktop. This way, both designers could work independently while keeping up with consistency.

Early design sketches for the mobile version of the website.

Design Solutions

Finding the right moment to ask for data

When entering a program page, users were not likely to fill out a form immediately without checking the details to see if it’s a match for them. We repositioned the form from the top right to the bottom of the page. By explaining the service better and moving the form to the bottom of the page we made the site feel more trustworthy.

Improved filtering and search capabilities

  • ✦ We crafted a unique filtering system instead of usual UI patterns. Starting with the high-level categories and nesting subcategories inside.
  • ✦ We applied progressive disclosure to make filtering easier by showing only the disciplines (categories) first without overcomplicating with the field of study (sub-category) section.
  • ✦ We made also possible to custom select from multiple categories which increases flexibility for users.
Screen showing the unique filtering system we created,  where students can filter by fields of study or discipline.

Universal content structure for the program pages

After several user interviews we identified the key information students are looking for when searching for a degree. Based on this we came up with a structure and made sure every university applies it to their degree program pages, the most important page types in the conversion funnel.

Supporting 44 languages without major UI modifications

From day one we anticipated this issue and planned the interface accordingly. In the UI phase, we also tested our designs in the most complicated languages (e.g. German, Arabic, and Japanese)

The newly designed search result page when filters are applied.


At the end of the project we handed-over the designs in Zeplin, a handoff tool that simplifies collaboration with developers by providing all the specs and ready-to-implement CSS. These designs included:

  • ✦ All the screens for the features we had been working on, including different states and edge cases.
  • ✦ Desktop and mobile versions with their dark mode.
  • ✦ An UI kit with clear guidelines and rules that would help the client keep the design consistent when developing new features in the future.

Additionally, the client received a research report summarising all the findings that could help them shape their product strategy.

A collage of the final designs featuring the main page and other UI elements, like filtering and search results.

We were thrilled by UX Studio’s process. Their vast experience in driving the research process and guiding us forward the whole time was reassuring. During the weekly meetings, they presented research insights and design decisions in a detailed manner and always aligned with our project and business goals.

Their professional insights and the way they explained each process and step, helped us not only understand their design-decisions and their value, but we learned more about our own users and product, too.

Stefan Helgesson
Strategic Development Director, Keystone Academic