Homepage Usability

Jakob Nielsen, a key figure in web usability has 113 guidelines for homepage usability. I was asked to use the guidelines to assess our new homepage design. The following is a list of what I considered to be the most important guidelines along with whether or not the new design follows them, and some occasional […]

Customizing and Personalizing the New Site

One aspect of the web makeover that we’ve heard is quite desired – and that we’ve always included in our plan – is the creation of personalized and customized pages. Over the last few months, it’s become clear that these terms, along with others like portals, homepages, profiles, and the like, can mean differing things […]

Launch of the New Monterey Institiute for International Studies Web Site

The new MIIS web site is nearing readiness for its official launch. After consultation with the web team at Middlebury, we are planning the formal launch of the new MIIS website for September 15. Dozens of people have worked very hard all summer to develop a framework  for the site that reflects our mission and […]

Moving Forward with the Design Process

We’ve let White Whale Web Services know that they should proceed refining and improving upon the initial design concept that they presented to us earlier this month. While we share many of the concerns that were expressed via the blog, at the presentation, and in private conversations, we believe that the fundamental concept, once improved […]

Unveiled homepage mockups for middlebury.edu

White Whale has shared with us mockup pages of the first round home page design, a small number of examples are displayed here.  Within this explanation, there are many links that demonstrate how this design can be used, and we invite you to explore them all and offer feedback.  Please feel free to share your […]

Middlebury Design Presentation by White Whale

Thank you Jason, Tonya and Janie for our first look at what the new Middlebury website will look like. I am personally excited about the possibilities that this flexible design will give us to represent Middlebury on the web. Also, thank you to David, Bob, Ben, Tara, Charlie, Adam, Scott and Howie for setting up […]

Evolution of the MIIS site design

I thought it was about time we shared some of the eye candy from White Whale that we’ve been working with here at MIIS over the last couple weeks. The homepage design is progressing nicely; we have also started work on the inside page designs and have seen a preliminary design for a themes landing […]

White Whale Unveils Middlebury Web site Design

On Thursday, July 23rd, at 1pm (10am PST), White Whale will be presenting a new design for the Middlebury website. People at can participate in the unveiling in two ways. Join us in McCullough Social Space, where we will show the unveiling. –or– Log into the Elluminate session using the instructions here: Web Access for […]

Web Makeover Update

We are writing to give you an update on where things stand with the web makeover project. We are still on-schedule for a January launch of the new Web site. To get there, here’s what we’re doing this summer. 1. We are putting together a list of Web sites that need to be converted, and […]

Unveiled homepage mockups for miis.edu

Design Mockups Without further ado, I present the design mockups for the homepage of miis.edu. Click anywhere on the mockups to see multiple views (expanded navigation menus, etc.). Design 1: Horizon Features Horizon line header image that rotates on a regular basis; creates a sense of place yet also implies that the work done at […]

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