Top 3 Intranet Designs You Must Try On Your Company Portal!

By Vanessa Kazakoff
July 17, 2017
5 min read
Blog
Intranet

When it comes to your intranet, the look and feel speak volumes to your employees! So are you ready to get inspired by these top 3 intranet designs and check out how to achieve them? Keep on reading.

The design of your intranet is the first thing employees notice, so it’s a good idea to put some thought into it before diving in. Some of the most popular intranet designs have based their concept on their company brand and style guidelines, such as their online website. That way, there is instant familiarity with the company brand, which helps to promote intranet adoption. 

But intranets aren’t websites. Therefore, knowing where and how to start can be a challenge.

As a Graphic Designer, I’ve looked through many intranet designs, and that is why today, I’ve chosen three of my favorites for you. I will outline the reasons why they are my favorite and also share how you can achieve those looks for your portal. So check out the screenshots of the intranet homepages as well as step-by-step design instructions below

Top 3 Kickass Intranet Designs Inspirations For You

1. CBF Consulting Intranet Design

CBF Consulting is among the appealing intranet designs because of its attractive color scheme. It contrasts nicely and matches with their company brand and logo. I’m also a big fan of the full-width banner and navigation bar. Setting your navigation bar to separate color from your banner helps draw attention to some of the most important links on your intranet.

 

Get The Look:

  1. Take a screenshot of your intranet and paste it into Photoshop. I recommend using a screenshot extension for your browser as it makes it easier to get the precise dimensions. I use the Full Page Screen Capture extension for Chrome.
  2. Using the Rectangle Tool, create a rectangle to match the height of your navigation bar (default height is 42px), and make sure it’s wider than the width of your canvas.
  3. Create the header via the same method as above. Make sure the banner and navigation shapes are in the same place as the ones on your screenshot.
  4. Fill the remaining area with white or whichever color you would like the rest of your background to be.
  5. Hide the screenshot of your intranet, then save the background image you have created. For backgrounds with solid colors, PNG would be the most suitable option as it creates a smaller file size.
  6. Now for the logo; when using a color banner, you will need to use a PNG version of your logo (transparent background). Paste the logo into Photoshop and increase the canvas height to match that of your banner. It’s also a good idea to add about 20px padding to the left of your logo. Save the logo as a PNG.
  7. It’s time to update your intranet! Navigate to the Advanced Editor and click on Site Backgrounds. Upload your background image, then set background-repeat to ‘repeat-x’ and background-position to ‘center’. Input the browser background color to match the color of your background image. Click Apply To Site (in the top right).
  8. Add the logo by clicking on the ‘upload graphic/logo’
  9. Next, update your intranet’s navigation bar to match the one in your background image; click on the paper icon next to the Top Menu Section, then change the BG Color field
  10. Finally, update the widgets and fonts to match the color scheme.

2. Allstar Credit Union Intranet Design

The uniqueness of Allstar Credit Union’s intranet is what landed it as one of the most elegant designs in my book. Primarily, the background image is used in the left sidebar. For the rest of the intranet design, you can simply repeat the steps from CBF Consulting.

 

Get The Look:

  1. In Photoshop, create an image to match the dimensions of your intranet’s sidebar. The width usually is 250px, and the height depends on the content of your intranet.
  2. In the Advanced Editor, navigate to site backgrounds and choose the first option in the top row (the one with the gray sidebar). Under Menu Frame Background, select ‘image’ and upload your sidebar image. Set the position to ‘top left’. After applying to the site, you will see your intranet now has an image hidden behind your left sidebar.
  3. The next steps are to create transparent widget backgrounds, remove the borders, and change the font colors. Click style menu items, and change the Item BG Color and Item Hover BG Color to ‘transparent’. Change the Item Font Color to match your theme; if you’re using a dark image, be sure to use a light color font.
  4. To remove the background color and the border of the widgets, click the pencil icon in the top right corner of the widget, click Theme Options, then choose the box for a transparent background and set the border to none.

3. Walnut Point Senior Living Intranet Design

Walnut Point has a taller than average header, which is useful if you would like to include a larger banner image or quick links in your intranet. The combination of a textured background image, rather than a solid color background, and the alternate sizing help improve the overall user experience drastically.

 

Get The Look:

  1. Using Photoshop, crop your header image to the exact dimensions you would like to use for your intranet. Be sure it’s the same width as the content area of your intranet.
  2. Create a background image that is at least 2000px wide and about 2200px high.
  3. To adjust the height of your intranet’s header, navigate to the design tab in the Admin section, then click on Global Site Layout. Here you can adjust the height of your header in pixels to match that of your banner. Walnut Point’s header has a height of 200px.
  4. Next, navigate to the background color/image section of the Advanced Editor. To add your header image, click on the image radio button under Top Frame Background, then upload your image. Make sure the position is set to ‘centered’.
  5. Update your intranet’s background image, logo, and navigation bar by following steps 6-10 for CBF Consulting.
  6. Lastly, update the widget and font colors to match your theme.

Conclusion

A perfect intranet design plays the most significant role in engaging your team members and bringing your company culture to life. It is something that you should never neglect. In fact, as per a study by the Neilson Norman Group, a well-designed and user-friendly intranet boosts employee engagement, productivity, knowledge, collaboration, and satisfaction, all at the same time. So why waste any time?

Do you have any tips or tricks for intranet designs? Share them with us below! If not, enroll yourself for a FREE DEMO with IC Thrive today and discuss some of the most incredible designs for your intranet portal.

By Vanessa Kazakoff

Vanessa has a strong passion for creating modern designs with pixel perfect precision. After graduating from Capilano University with a Diploma in Interactive Design, she spent several years working in the digital design industry before joining Intranet Connections as a Graphic Designer. When Vanessa's not at her desk, she is most likely playing video games or exploring Vancouver with her trusty analog camera.