Work on an updated design for UNMC’s website is well under way.
Along with fresh colors, the design will be mobile and tablet friendly. A cleaner and simpler design was needed to showcase content on all devices and desktop computers.
The changes for the site are based on the recommendations from the Web Advisory Group, whose members represent units across campus. Alongside ITS and the PR web team, the Web Advisory Group reviewed analytics and usability studies to determine what areas needed attention.
“Our team and the Web Advisory Group have worked hard on this plan for nearly two years, and we’re excited to share that work with campus,” said Stacie Hamel, associate PR director for web and interactive media.
The implementation of the updated design will accompany the move to a new content management system, Cascade Server by Hannon Hill, expected to begin in early 2014 beginning with top-level pages of unmc.edu.
Subsite migration and training for web developers will be announced soon.
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We have made some minor changes to both the top header bar and the left hand nav of our site. These changes were made to increase overall legibility and to improve accessibility.
Top header bar
Below is a before and after of our top header bar with a list of changes made.
- Links in tan bar changed from red to black. There wasn’t enough contrast between the red and tan, which made the links hard to read.
- The drop down box, labeled “Log In” above, was increased in size and the text was darkened.
- The search box was increased in size and given a white background to make it easier to find. It was also moved to the right of the drop down box on sites that have it.
- “Information for” links were increased in size.
Left hand nav
We also made slight changes to the left hand nav of our site. Before, the links were red and once active, turned to black. We have reversed this so the links are now black and turn red once on that page. This was done to increase legibility and decrease the amount of red on our pages.