I try my best to stay up-to-date with the latest design and technology trends so I can provide accurate support and recommendations during a consultation. I believe it is important to consider the sustainability of the framework early on when building a website. One important trend that I educate my clients on is responsive web design. A majority of the time, this is the first time my client learns about responsive design, so I help demonstrate the concept to my clients and provide them with responsive theme options.
One major design project I’ve been involved in with the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) is designing their annual Teaching and Learning with Technology conference websites. I have been in charge of the websites for the past two years–Blended Futures in 2013 and Explore the Possibilities in 2014. The Blended Futures website was my first solo projects for the department, which involved a website redesign. The development of this site provided me with the opportunity to be creative and introduce a new modern design for CIT’s conference websites.
For the Explore the Possibilities conference, I was able to improve the user experience for our registration process. The Blended Futures website used a Qualtrics survey for registration that directed users to an external webpage. In an effort to help keep our users engaged on our website, I integrated the Event Espresso registration plugin that embedded the registration form within our website.
One ongoing project that I help support is the first-year online magazines. First-year students at JMU are all required to take GWRTC 103, a critical reading and writing course, as part of the General Education curriculum at the university. Every semester a group of professors in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication have their students publish their final articles onto their class WordPress site.
The class collectively designs the site site with a logo, color scheme, and menu categories. Periodically throughout the semester I visit the classes to help them apply their customizations to the site as well as help individual students with any technical issues.