Lots to catch up on here, so forgive me if I jump right in instead of sharing vacation pictures?
Out of curiosity, what are the requirements for being eligible for a unit signature? How is United Way a part of Cornell? Why aren?t departments being made three-line signatures with their college?
As it stands now, there are no requirements for being eligible for a unit signature. Well, aside from the fact that you have to be an actual unit, that is. Anyone who has asked for a signature has received one (or will).
United Way is not “part of Cornell” in the same way that, for example, the College of Engineering is part of Cornell, but there is a Cornell Chapter of the United Way wherein employees and students can make donations to the charity.
As for why all departments do not have three-line signatures with their college affiliation?well?that is a result of decisions made by individual deans. Some have indicated that they want the college name in there, while others have said they don’t feel it is necessary.
Up and Coming
Two things coming down the pipeline that will make everyone’s lives easier. I hope.
The first is the release of the long-awaited “mini-bar” (which will likely be renamed, if only so we don’t go down in history as the university who encourages drinking and gorging oneself on $15 a bottle macadamia nuts?). This, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is a 45 pixel tall banner version of the web insignia to be used in place of the larger unit signatures or the 75 pixel banner that is on the Cornell home page.
Two versions will be released; one “blank” and one with university-level navigation links included. We’re hoping to also be able to release a blank version that has images screened back in it–similar to the way they are on Cornell.edu, but this might come later in the process.
Naturally, the new banner (I’ve been calling it the “mico-banner” in my draft documents, but, really, it’s not named yet) will have its own set of guidelines that will be available on the identity site when it’s released to the public.
Secondly, we’re working with the WPG to produce a set of developer’s templates in the style of the Cornell home page. These will, of course, include banners of appropriate size.
In my mind, these templates are something that Cornell has needed for years now (current site design not withstanding) and the goal is to make them functional and simple enough for unit webmasters to implement, regardless of their programming skills. Complete documentation will also be included and I will be available for any additional support that might be necessary.
We’re still negotiating with the WPG regarding deadlines for release, but it’s my sincere hope to get the micro-banner out there by the end of March with the templates soon to follow.
In addition to the above, we’re in the process of revising the existing web guidelines to reflect some changes in the rules and to clarify language in a few places. Now that I only have one job, I have time to pay attention to these things in meaningful ways and I hope that will benefit us all.
Which brings me to my next point?
Here and Now
Please join the OWC in welcoming Ieuan Williams to the cornell.edu team. Ieuan (pronounced Yay-in) joins us as Content Manager for cornell.edu and will be responsible for maintaining the site and managing content flow from our many providers. Word on the street is that he and Will are carving out a plan to allow for daily updates in areas like News and Events–something that was just not humanly possible two weeks ago when we numbered only three. Let’s hear it for those fresh from the bench, eh?
Ieuan, Will, Diane, and myself are busy settling in to our swanky new digs down in Collegetown (312 College Ave) where we’re sharing space with the News Office and (soon) University Photography. Parking is proving to be a challenge, but, boy are there a lot of options when lunch-time rolls around!