Simpson Center Website Redesign

The Simpson Center for the Humanities

The Simpson Center is happy to announce the debut of its new website for the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year. The new site is the result of a collaborative, year-long research and design effort and offers significant improvements to site visitors’ experience of the Simpson Center on the web.

Led by the Simpson Center’s 2010-2011 web editor, Andy Fitzgerald, the redesign process takes into account both the Simpson Center’s evolving online goals and the feedback of faculty and graduate students here at the University of Washington. The 2011 redesign presents site visitors with a revivified look and feel and introduces new interface features informed by extensive research into site visitor behaviors and needs.

The new website brings together the collaborative efforts of many individuals: a re-envisioned site architecture by Andy Fitzgerald, a fresh visual design crafted by faculty designer Annabelle Gould (Art), the code and database work of Andrew Karpenko (Creative Communications), and the content updating and migration efforts of the Simpson Center’s Miriam Bartha, Chelsea Schlievert, and Deborah Kimmey.

Some features of the new site that we hope you enjoy include:

  • A streamlined home page
  • A dedicated area for featured Simpson Center and Humanities-related news
  • Improved global navigation for more intuitive access to Simpson Center content
  • Increased readability
  • Improved landing pages for easier navigation of Center Programs and Projects
  • A new dynamic and sortable archive structure for Center Lectures and Projects
  • A dedicated and expanded Media and Publications area

We will be continuing to build on content and roll out new features as the academic year progresses, so do check back often to see what’s new. And do feel free to get in touch to let us know your impressions of our redesign – as well share any feedback you might have on what could make the site even more useful to you.

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