Milestone: Template Suite Design

So excited to be able to share with you the look and feel of the new Fordham website! A few things to note as you take in the templates: Two-column layout Usability studies have shown that web users have become really good at ignoring a third column because on most sites it is usually reserved for advertising. So we’re…

On Carousels

For the past year or so, I’ve been following a conversation about website carousels, the oft-auto-rotating and recently oft-maligned images and stories atop many an academic webpage/website. Last year, Erik Runyon, Director of Web Communications at Notre Dame, did something sort of revolutionary. He tracked and distributed analytics on Notre Dame’s website carousels, revealing what…

Extreme Makeover: Information Architecture Edition

We’re at the point in our project where we’ve got everyone thinking about their information architectures which has got me thinking about good information architecture and how to convey its importance, its essentiallness, its the-website’s-success-depends-upon-it-ness. Now I don’t generally use Wikipedia as a definitive source but I kind of fell in love with their definition of…

This Week in Headline Skimming

If there wasn’t enough evidence out there that people don’t read on the web, this week brings us more in the forms of a clever April Fool’s Day joke and some less-amusing research on how skimming online is affecting our ability to read in-depth offline. On April 1, NPR took a swipe at “readers” on…

Trending 2014

In the next few days, the Fordham Community will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed designs for the new website via an online survey, so I thought it might be fun to talk about what’s hot in web design for the .edu crowd in 2014. Redesigns don’t come along every day, so…

Milestone: Wireframes

Happy new year! So very pleased to report that we reached our first major milestone at the end of 2013 with the approval of the Fordham.edu homepage and subpage wireframes for desktop and mobile. What’s a Wireframe, You Ask? Think of a wireframe as a webpage schematic. It outlines the navigation system and the components…