The College of Human Ecology located on the St. Paul University of Minnesota campus began their Web initiative based on high-level strategic needs. Most pressing was the need to extend a newly designed identity to the Web and to align with new Web design standards developed by University Relations. A larger work flow and technical strategy also drove the need to rebuild and redesign the site to work within a Content Management System (CMS) to ease the burden of content updates and general site administration.
Definition & Development To leverage usability and to promote cross-site traffic between all the sites associated with the College of Human Ecology the underlying site architecture of each site was kept consistent. Given the similarities of structure between all the sites a strong design was needed for each site to properly express the unique personality of the academic unit in question.
Delivery For each of the five sites involved we delivered a site design that either works to extend the look and feel of existing communications to the web or establishes a new look and feel. Each site also makes strong use of FileNet’s capabilities to customize functionality with the page elements. To support the large variety of content presentation needs of the sites customized page layouts were designed based on the need. These layouts are shared throughout the various sites utilizing the underlying page architecture but changing colors and typographic style of the pages to fall inline with the look and feel of each site.