The Gist

Created: 06/09/12
Last Edited: 10/29/12
The Mercedes-Benz Learning and Performance department developed a program called "The Gist" where renowned speakers are invited to share their insights and inspiration with employees. Similar to TED talks ( the program is meant to ignite and inspire innovation in the workplace. Mercedes-Benz employees heard from the likes of notable thought leaders such Sheryl WuDunn, author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and Dr. Eric Sanderson, author of Manahatta.

The website was designed to showcase and archive the inspirational talks with extensibility in mind. Depending on the longevity and popularity of the program, the site was designed to be scaled as the program evolved.
  • The Gist
  • Roles: Art direction, information architecture, visual design, HTML/CSS/JS development
  • The Learning and Performance department created a video of their coworkers hyping the program. This video and all future speaker videos are housed on the homepage.

    The secondary section showcases some timely articles curated by the L&P department for sharing with colleagues.
  • Wireframes

    - Creating a blog around the topic and talks to be updated by various employees
    - A forum for submitting ideas

    After more discussion, it was determined that this program would need to start as a pilot with room to grow the website. The final version was pared down to include only links and videos and depending on funding and popularity, the community aspect of the GIST would be developed.
  • After the launch of the GIST, the team wanted a place for users to return and view all past videos. We proposed a solution for users to view videos as a list or by grid. Eventually, it was decided to scrap the list and sorting functionalities in favor of a simple list.
  • The Visual Design
  • This page archives all of the past events and where users are able to catch up on any inspiring talks they've missed.

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