The Web Team has been working behind the scenes on a number of projects we’ll roll out over the next few weeks. To whet your appetite, here’s a rundown (and screenshots!):
UW WordPress theme makeover
Dane and Kilian are doing a massive overhaul of our WordPress theme. The look and feel won’t differ much, but they are completely rethinking the backend approach to our theme. Kilian already wrote about LESS CSS and our new dev workflow, so I’m gonna stick to the pretty side of things.
The biggest front-end change is that we’ll allow a modular (or “widgetized”) layout for content on your “homepage.” This means more flexibility and freedom for your front pages, and we’re hoping it’s a more intuitive experience for everyone. Below is Kilian’s mockup:
Improved mobile menu
Another big change will be a facelift to our mobile menu. The search box, main UW resources and top-level menus currently have their own spaces on mobile screens. But no more! Kilian worked his design magic and settled on combining these three under one menu button. We do not have the exact menu set at this time, so the screenshot is a blurred peek at what you can expect.
We’re also testing the idea of moving the secondary menu to a more prominent drop-down at the top of a mobile page (sorry, no screenshot). We’ve gotten some feedback from site owners that having these menus below page content is unappealing, so we hope this new version addresses those concerns while keeping site content front and center.
Improved emergency & safety communications
We’re working on some minor improvements to the UW Alert Blog, better SMS/email/social media emergency notices from a new vendor, and a one-stop-shop safety information page (at the soon-to-launch uw.edu/safety). No glamorous eye-candy here, but all of these properties will be crucial to streamlining and improving our safety and emergency messaging at the UW.
New UW Calendar
UW-IT is working on a new campus-wide calendaring system called Trumba that should be available sometime in June/July (read more about Trumba on IT Connect). While this is a UW-IT project, we are advising on the branding and design of the main UW Events Calendar. Here’s a preview of the current design (may change some between now and launch):