While I was out, Jason asked:
Any updates on the new admissions site? Last I read it would be unveiled sometime in May.
You’re in luck.
It’s live now. (Released this morning.)
Speaking of new designs…check us out here at the blog. Look! We’re in logo compliance. And we’re even Cornell red. You can all rest easy, now. I know it was really confusing and stressful, before. After all, how can one expected to tell Cornell from UNC if both pages are blue?
As you guys poke around on the blog, please let me know if you find glitches or oddities? The new version of the software is different in many ways and I’m still trying to figure things out.
As soon as I’ve got my head around the SPAM filters, I will be turning off the moderation of comments.
Some things to catch up on re: cornell.edu
- That image facelift that I was talking about in the last entry has begun. Check out the Admissions Bridge Page for the first of the new images. More are in the works.
- Will and Ieuan are also in the process of developing a bridge page for the New York campus. For those of you who pay attention, this is step one of the plan to “bring in Cornell’s other campuses”. No word on the debut yet–finding the cycles to develop and release are much harder than coming up with good ideas to implement.
- When we launched the site last summer, the biggest complaints we got were about the Weather page, of all things. Believe it or not, they are still trickling in. Will is in the process of working out a plan to expand the page to include more information (as for me, I’m voting for local radar images). He’s also trying to figure out the best way to come up with customized weather icons to replace that old cuinfo window graphic that showed the weather conditions super-imposed over the clock tower. This entertains me greatly.
An alum commented:
in my opinion, too many are shot in that awful wide-angle fish-eye lense curvy-chintzy style. Not a big fan.
For what it’s worth, it was a coincidence (not a style choice) that the most recent batch of new images had a multitude of that type of shot.
And Dan wonders:
In the future, can new campaign images be posted mid-week instead of on Fridays? By doing so, there would still be enough time to quickly correct problems (see comment #3) before the weekend comes. At present, campaign images are posted, usually on Fridays, and it is at least three days before anything can be done about them.
Actually, there is no schedule for the posting of new sets of images. That particular image was put up on a Friday because it was a Slope Day image and Slope Day is always a Friday.
And Nate confirmed that there is, in fact, a generation gap:
You might want to note that the Cornell font page has a guy visably making a sexually sugestive hand gesture, “The Shocker”. Now, I know most people over 30 and under 13 would not catch this (no offense), but most people in that inbetween bracket would. Just pointing it out.
It’s official. Thirty-three is now over the hill. Back in my day, that gesture meant nothing more than “rock on”.
Apologies to any of you who were truly offended by the image. It was an honest case of ignorance on our part.
Someone pass me my AARP card, please? There’s a sale on denture cream at Hill Drug.