A refreshing new look for the UW home page


This week marks the debut of a refreshed University of Washington home page. The website features a host of under-the-hood enhancements such as a responsive design and improved accessibility and navigation. The purple jellyfish background has met its demise, revealing a lighter, brighter color scheme. The content and navigation remain largely the same and the functionality… Read More

HTML5, jQuery and an interactive survey: January 2014 Web Council

Rainier Vista in winter during sunset

The first Web Council of 2014 will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Learn about an interactive landscape survey designed to help steward Seattle campus development over the next 20 years, get an update from Harry Hayward on the UW-preferred closed captioning vendor, and bring your most burning questions about HTML5 and jQuery for Dane Odekirk’s keynote presentation.

Web Council survey results

Graph: No is 3, don't know is 3, depends on topic is 9, yes is 13, blank/no opinion is 14

To all 42 Web Council attendees who took the time to fill out our yearly Web Council survey: Thank you! And now that we’re firmly rooted in 2014, I thought it would be a good time to share the final survey results—all repackage into nifty charts and graphs.

Things to come…


Happy New Year, all! I wanted to give everyone a little heads-up on a couple of projects we’ve got coming up. One involves a refresh of something that rhymes with “foampage.” Expect that to launch around January 20th. In the meantime, I’ve managed to cobble together a couple of its pieces: Project #2 Our second… Read More

YouTube playlist update

Which sm channel?

If you’ve embedded a YouTube playlist into your WordPress site, you might have noticed it looks different. Fear not, you aren’t seeing things! We recently modernized the look and feel of the YouTube player on our Marketing-hosted WordPress sites.

The future of search: November 2013 Web Council

1963 photo of man in suit and bow-tie, wearing giant device with two antennas that cover his eyes

For our final Web Council of 2013, special guest Duane Forrester of Bing will give us a tour into the future of search technology. We will then hear from Joel Walters about the newly launched Admissions site, plus Greg Frick from ACA will tell us all about the Microsoft SkyDrive Pro services that recently became available to UW students, staff and faculty.

October Web Council recap

Campus map displayed on iPhone

Drew Collins from the College of the Environment showed off their new and improved site, guest speaker Lauren Hall-Stigerts discussed microsite branding and shared her favorite tools and tricks, plus Tracy Mehlin and David Campbell from the UW Botanic Gardens gave us a detailed look behind the scenes on their soon-to-launch interactive Arboretum map.

Micro-branding and interactive Arboretum map: October 2013 Web Council

Reflection of students in a puddle on Red Square.

Web Council returns this month (yay!). Join us for a tour of the nifty new College of the Environment website, learn from our special guest Lauren Hall-Stigerts about micro-branding within a larger brand, and hear about an interactive Arboretum map from the fine folks at UW Botanic Gardens.

Seattle events for content people

Content Strategy Seattle logo

If today is any indication, Season Rainy is upon us. But rather than curl up inside for ten months, I find it a perfect opportunity to learn. Coincidentally, we have a number of affordable events in Seattle during September and October. I’ve picked my top three that will be of interest to marketing and content folks.

Web Team welcomes new developer

Jonathan Swanson smiling

There’s a new face in our hood! Jon Swanson, most recently a developer with UW-IT and a 2013 UW grad, joined our team this week.