Davidson College Website Redesign
Launched in August 2013, the Davidson College redesign project featured a complete revamping of the college’s online presence.
The project included discovery, strategy, information design, site design, CMS/technical implementation, content writing and migration.
The previous website featured a dated table-based design and had grown to more than 19,000 pages of content, which was downsized to 3,500 pages at site launch.
The project included the launch of a mobile-friendly responsive design, new centralized CMS workflow, simplified CMS interface, new site standards and style guide, and group-based CMS training.
The site has been recognized with several awards, including a 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) international Circle of Excellence Bronze Award.
Excerpt from the CASE judges report:
Davidson College’s new website is functional, consistent with their brand identity, responsive, accessible, and developed to current web standards—but that is not the main reason why it is an award-winning site.
Davidson College is winning an award for their efforts to increase efficiencies, consolidate content and implement an effective content and brand strategy for campus.
Their previous content management system encompassed nearly 19,000 pages and occasionally took 90 minutes to publish a page, primarily due to its rushed development in 2006. After a significant planning process, Davidson developed a content strategy that reduced its total website content to 3,500 pages which can be updated instantaneously. Although there are a large number of institutions who have these same capabilities, the judges all agreed that Davidson effectively planned and implemented a strategy and achieved impressive results.
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