A refreshed look to our website

February 11, 2020

The web services team will soon launch a visual refresh of our website.  

Updates from Web Services

  • Coming soon: Web Services will be refreshing the visuals on the website to make them more modern and appealing, in line with our printed marketing materials, and better optimized for different devices. The concepts were reviewed by the Campus Digital Group, External Relations and a group of prospective students over the summer. This launch is expected to take place after business hours in the coming days.

  • Longer-term: Our Drupal content management system (CMS) will be upgraded to Drupal 8. Preliminary work has begun on this project, which will protect our investment in the CMS, improve the editing experience and keep our website up-to-date and secure for years to come. While updates will impact content coordinators, as a regular campus member you will not be impacted by the upgrade. Updates will be shared with the Campus Digital Group, content coordinators, and the campus community throughout the project. 

Visual Refresh

The web services team will soon launch a visual refresh of our website.  

Screenshot of homepage

All the elements of the website will remain the same, but will have a newer look and feel. View a larger image.

Why change?

  • The style/look and feel of the website hadn’t been updated since 2014.
  • There is a need to optimize display on wider screens because technology has evolved.
  • This strengthens the branding on our website, aligning it better with other marketing materials.
  • Improves the readability of pages and enlarges images.
  • Prepares us for Drupal 8.
  • Better showcases the university in our digital presence.

What’s changing?

  • Fonts and typography are updated to strengthen the brand and improve readability.
  • Elements of the site are updated with a newer, appealing look and include subtle animation in interactions.
  • Images are larger to more meaningfully complement the text on pages.
  • Colors are used more strategically: 
    • Uses more maize and blue; also incorporates dark headings for better readability.
    • Buttons to support key prospective student actions — Apply, Visit, and Request Information — are in maize to stand out on the page.
    • Buttons that link to college web pages use the college website header colors.
  • Optimized for devices of all sizes, including resolutions typically found on newer desktops and large monitors. 
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