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September 26, 2008

Tip: Don't go live on a site before filling in the boilerplate

As the MSA found out today with a mass announcement about their Homecoming Site:

Stuff that sounds good
Save the environment

Gieran: write some stuff for this text box

Posted by hampelm at 11:40 AM | Comments (0)

May 07, 2008

RC dev blog: putting my money where my mouth is

I've been complaining about a lack of transparency in the web development processes happening at Michigan. But of course, I haven't really put my money where my mouth is (there have been a couple twitter messages, and a couple blog posts -- but nothing serious)

So, I've started a blog that lists what we're working on now and what we'll be doing in the future.

Perhaps few are interested now. Perhaps few ever will be. But the process is out there, open for anyone to read.

There is absolutely no reason for secrecy -- we want anyone who has a take in the website to be able to get involved -- or at least stay informed.

Other development blogs:
View Source from Cornell
Your link here (oh, wait, you don't have a public dev blog)

Posted by hampelm at 11:25 AM | Comments (0)

May 03, 2008

What to call admissions

I did a quick survey of how a bunch of schools name their admissions sections. There's only a little variation in the schools I've looked at; I believe there's value in picking the industry standard.

Umich, UCLA:
Prospective Students

Future Students

Admissions & Financial Aid

Admissions & Aid

admissions+financial aid

Apply to Berkeley

Bard, Stanford:

Penn, Middlebury, Yale, Tufts, Stanford, Chicago, UIC, Baylor, Cornell, NYU, RPI:

Posted by hampelm at 06:07 PM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2007

Bad Designs on Campus Winners

The winners of the Bad Designs on Campus contest have been announced.

Of note to Michigan developers is winning entry number three: there should be a login box on the frontpage of the webmail system. This is a basic usability problem that shows up in many UM web applications (mPrint, mfile).

Posted by hampelm at 06:22 PM | Comments (1)

October 24, 2007

2nd Annual Bad Designs on Campus Contest

The contest is open:

Have you ever run into a campus door because you pushed it on the wrong side? Couldn’t figure out how to control the lights in a lecture room? Been frustrated with the online interface for Wolverine Access or other university websites? Here’s your chance to vent your frustrations with bad designs that you have to deal with on campus, and potentially win a prize!

Posted by hampelm at 01:01 PM | Comments (0)