While serving as the Principal UI Designer at SAIC for the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration contract, one of my last major projects was a complete revamp & redesign of their 100+ websites. One of the major themes of this project was creating a unified visual branding, as many of the websites that SAMHSA hosted were built by various contractors throughout the years.
The above screen capture is of the first live version of the redesigned homepage. The colors were picked by a committee, who wanted to express the southwest US attitude that the new agency administrator brought.
The information architecture, overall design, coding, and structure were designed by me.
This website launched in early 2011, and was applauded by many people within the agency as a huge step up from the previous design of SAMHSA.gov, which had continued mostly unchanged for nearly six and a half years.