August 2014 Web Council

UW "W" sculpture

Web Council returns this Thursday in Odegaard 220. Join us for two awesome Ignite-style presentations, a second update on what to expect from this year’s UW brand refresh for the Web, and to learn all about how the College of Arts and Sciences approaches building websites for their academic units.

Friday link roundup – August 15


Wrap up the week with another link-filled roundup—best served with a hot cup of coffee (or tea). This week, we’ve collected info-packed resources that include a comprehensive guide on how to best create and use personas, all about Google’s move to favor HTTPS in search, plus actionable tips on creating excellent interface copy.

Friday link roundup – August 8


Data visualization tools, JavaScript benchmarking and surviving the homepage of reddit, oh my! We’ve got a robust and awesome roundup for you this week.

Ask the Web Team: New on-campus office hour

Dubs the grad

We’re starting a pilot project here on the Web Team; a weekly drop-in office hour on campus. Beginning this week, at least one “content” person and one “technical” person from the Web Team will be on campus to answer your Web-related questions between noon and 1 PM every Friday.

Friday link roundup – August 1


This week, we’ve rounded up our favorite text editor, a roadmap to creating great A/B tests, plus an “alphabet” of accessibility issues. And because it was a busy week in Web Team land (and consequently a light week for links), we also have a bonus video of a playful armadillo.

Friday link roundup – July 25


This week, we’ve rounded up info about the brain-bending CSS3 transforms matrix, creative loading effects, plus an in-depth view from Nielsen Norman Group on what happens when you break Web conventions.

Directories, directories, directories

Search screenshot

As we march on through the rebranding process, Web Team members continually look at what we’re currently doing and ask if it’s the best solution possible. Such as a few days ago, when we wondered if we could bypass the campus directory page and directly query the LDAP database that houses faculty, staff and student contact information.

Friday link roundup – July 18


Happy Friday, everyone! It’s another week of culling the best of the tubes over here in Web Team land. This week, we’ve rounded up an in-depth look at the history of underwater internet cables, a breakout of the different specialties in the world of UX, and the amazing tool we use to manage our customer emails.

Friday link roundup – July 11


Another Friday, another awesome link roundup! This week, we were thinking about CSS3, methods for underlining text, plus the daily routines of history’s most creative minds.

Friday link roundup – July 4


Thanks to the magic of scheduling, we can celebrate America’s birthday and still post our weekly roundup! This week, we explored improving our team’s collaborative culture, Google’s Web Starter Kit, and what it means to be a front-end developer in 2014. But most importantly, we learned how to take better naps.