Tag Archive | "design"

QA on Higher Education Web sites. How to do it and what to look for.

QA on Higher Education Web sites. How to do it and what to look for.

Running a web office I see a lot of sites, quality assurance is part of every minute of my day. Everything I see goes through the same quality checks otherwise we don’t launch it. Tools and people will come and go, quality on the other hand is the one thing in a web office that [...]

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Multiple Templates on a Website – Ask a Guru

So the first of our Ask a Guru questions that we wanted to feature comes from Michael Render at North Carolina Central University.  Michael writes in:

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Save your sanity and use a grid

Save your sanity and use a grid

University web designers have a tough enough job as it is, juggling users needs while pleasing committees and numerous other stakeholders. Doesn’t matter if your web office has complete control or just influence, using a grid can make completely unrelated sites look uniform.

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Talkback: Successful Higher Ed Branding for the Web

Talkback: Successful Higher Ed Branding for the Web

Hopefully, when I mention the words “branding” and “print” in the same sentence, every web developer out there reading this cringes.  So, with that in mind, how many of you have web branding guidelines that grew from print standards?  I hope the number is very few, but I suspect that there are a lot of [...]

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Inspiring Design for Higher Ed

Inspiring Design for Higher Ed

I ran into an interesting problem the past weekend.  While planning a new site, I realized that I was just totally tapped for good ideas for a new site design that would pop and be happy and dynamic.  By nature, I am no designer, and I readily admit that.  I am, however, good at taking [...]

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Taking the idea of a cohesive Web template in a slightly different direction

Taking the idea of a cohesive Web template in a slightly different direction

Earlier this week I wrote about reining in the outliers for a university-wide cohesive Web presence. Todd Sanders (@tsand) from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, had the gall to disagree with me (“for the first time EVER,” I’ll have you note), arguing that the art department shouldn’t look like the business department Web site. [...]

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Reining in the outliers for a university-wide cohesive Web presence

Reining in the outliers for a university-wide cohesive Web presence

A prospective student does a Google search for “English composition [university name]” and is brought to your English department’s site. While there, they find the program that intrigues them, and decide to jump off course to learn more about tuition and fees, housing, and dining services. Along they way they bounce through three additional department [...]

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eBook Review: The eduStyle Guide to Usable Higher-Ed Homepage Design

eBook Review: The eduStyle Guide to Usable Higher-Ed Homepage Design

As a team leader of an upcoming redesign project, The eduStyle Guide to Usable Higher-Ed Homepage Design was very useful to me. My favorite section: Recommendations. I got more take aways and ideas of what to do (and what not to do) from that one section of every university’s review than anything else in the entire [...]

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Presenting .eduGuru 2.0!

Presenting .eduGuru 2.0!

As you may (or may not, for you RSS readers who should take a moment to drop by) have noticed, .eduGuru has undergone something of a little facelift.  2009 is bringing about a whole lot of new stuff for us, and we look forward to sharing new articles, tools, and opportunities with all of you.  [...]

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Tasty, Useful Breadcrumbs

Did you by chance read User Interface Engineering’s article “Design Cop-out #2: Breadcrumbs?”   I’ll admit that I am a little bit late getting back around to this topic, which I originally read sometime back in… oh… August?   October?  Regardless, right after reading it I knew that I needed to offer a counterpoint, because [...]

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