Entries tagged with ‘Design’

The Fold is a Myth

When designing your website, it is easy to get distracted by the unimportant details. One that keeps popping up is the idea of "the fold" and that content must appear above this imaginary line. Why is the fold an unimportant detail? Because it doesn't exist. At least not how you think it might.


New Colors

The Gustavus homepage's new colors The Gustavus website just got a new paint job. Gold and blue were chosen to better highlight our school colors (black and gold) and emphasize our Swedish heritage. With our sesquicentennial approaching, it seemed like perfect timing. This update also brings a small but nice additional feature for those of […]


Review: Web Form Design by Luke Wroblewski

There's a pretty good chance that you will fill out a form today... and tomorrow... and the next day. Forms are everywhere you look--we rely on them for nearly everything from searching for information to ordering some goods to balancing your checkbook.


An easier way to give

We just put the finishing touches on our completely new online giving form. We took the opportunity examine every aspect of the online giving experience and we think came out with improvements across the board.

Introducing fadey banners

You asked for it and we delivered. Starting right now, every area of the Gustavus website that has more than one banner got a cool visual effect. All of the banners for each section will cycle with a fadey transition. Our best example at this point is the Religion site–check it out! We hope that […]


Gustavus Website Updates

We’ve made some noticeable modifications to the Gustavus template recently. The changes were made to address various minor issues, the foremost being usability problems in the “seach/go quickly to…” area of the header. Simple, comprehensive searching Where once we had a “go quickly to…” menu, search box, and search menu, we now have one simple […]


Improved File Not Found Error 404 Page

We upgraded our File Not Found Error 404 page today. This upgrade offers three exciting improvements that should help to eliminate confusion, calm nerves, and, in the end, improve the Gustavus website. Here’s a rundown of the three most significant new features: 1. Friendlier, more helpful error message We re-examined the text of the message […]


Senior Class Gift Website

We’ve been working with the senior class gift committee and have put the 2007 Senior Class Gift website live. You will be able to find all of the information you ever wanted to know about the senior class gift. We tried to make it feel friendly and inviting, so hopefully it comes across that way. […]


Homepage Featured in O’Reilly Book

While browsing for good books, I came across two that looked particularly interesting: Object-Oriented PHP and the recently updated Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Third Edition (AKA “the Polar Bear Book”). Little did we know that while Jerry was mindlessly thumbing through Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld’s Information Architecture he would find the […]


Gribly Gets New Feathers

Last week, we put live a slightly upgraded version of the Gribly with some extra color coding (among other features) that should help visitors parse information more quickly and efficiently. Finding a particular faculty member with the last name “Smith” among a sea of students, administrators, and support staff with the same surname should become […]