If I had a dollar for every time I am asked “So, when is X website going to be redesigned?” I’d be?well, let’s just say that fruity drinks and pool boys would be involved and leave it at that, okay?
Unfortunately, the OWC is not the Keeper of All Things Web at Cornell. Actually, strike that. Fortunately, the OWC is not the Keeper of All things Web at Cornell. We hear things, sure. We are often brought into large projects in one capacity or another. But we don’t have a master-list of the status of every website on campus.
Here’s what I can offer instead.
Al Gonzales of IWS (formerly the WPG) has shared their projects list with me. You will no doubt notice that there are no dates attached. This was done on purpose. If you ask me for dates, I will respond with name, rank, and serial number only.
Here’s What IWS is Working On
Possible future Projects:
And, of course, they are assisting us with the management of cornell.edu and the Identity website.
Additional Sites that are in Redesign
Disability Statistics –actually, it looks like they’ve launched their new design!
Employment and Disability Institute
Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSPII)
Feminist Gender & Sexuality Studies
The News Service
If you know of others, please feel free to drop me a line.
And, Speaking of the News Service?
They would like YOUR input in the planning stages of their redesign.
What features would you like to see in a redesign? It would be most helpful if you would identify yourself as student/staff/web developer, etc when commenting. Names are not necessary; I know some of you are shy. But here?s a great chance to be heard and offer input on a site that is one of the major voices of the university.
And, while I’m here, I’ll address a comment left in the entry about the 45-pixel banner.
Have you looked at the logo as it prints on the Cornell Chronicle? It appears blurry most of the time.
As a matter of fact, I went and got a copy of the paper and, you’re right. It is slightly blurry.
However, the blame for this can largely be placed on the medium in question. First off, it’s on newsprint, which is a very porous and absorbent type of paper. Not the best for crisp lines of any sort. Secondly, the Chronicle is printed in CMYK, which means that everything that is a color is actually comprised of two (or more) colored inks layered on top of one another.
These inks are laid down by plates (giant pieces of metal on a drum). So, in the case of the logo, there are three plates (Magenta, Yellow, Black–no, I don?t know why they use a K for black?) each with an image of the logo on it. These press into the paper one at a time and if they are not perfectly aligned, you get a slight staggering effect. It’s called being “off register” and synchronizing a press to be on-register is apparently quite an art form. The press in question is apparently notoriously cranky in this regard.
Now then. Would the logo print cleaner in these circumstances if it were a different sort of graphic? One with bolder lines and less detail, maybe? Sure. Is it going to change? Not any time soon.
And, by “soon”, I mean…well…just think of it in geological time, okay?