November Updates

Hope everyone’s November is off to a swell start. We’ve had a busy fall so far with lots more lined up before the end of the semester. In fact, we’re so busy we haven’t even been able to gorge ourselves on discount Halloween candy while binge watching Stranger Things till far too late at night. *cough* Much.  

Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to instead!

Greeting from Design & Web Services!

We’ve had a minor adjustment in the org chart and to help us better represent all we do, we’re getting a name change. Instead of OIT Design, we’re now Design & Web Services. This should ultimately matter very little to you. Our email is still oitdesign@ncsu.edu; our website is still design.oit.ncsu.edu, so continue as usual, just wanted to drop a little knowledge.

New 3D Memos Site is Live

And no, you won’t need special glasses to to see it. The 3D’s in question are Deans, Directors and Department Heads. This site is a resource for the university to distribute information about changes in procedures, important non-emergency information, and other updates to faculty and staff. Our recent redesign is a big step forward in modernizing the site, addressing accessibility issues and making past memos fully searchable. You can check out the new 3D memos site at 3dmemos.ncsu.edu.

Conference-a-Go-Go

We’ve had a good deal of conference activity this fall. Miles, Jen, and Brian all attended UNC CAUSE just a few weeks ago in Greenville, NC. Brian also attended HighEdWeb in Connecticut and will be speaking at WordCamp US in Nashville coming up on Dec. 1st & 2nd. All WCUS talks will be streamed live at 2017.us.wordcamp.org so tune in to watch Brian dazzle the crowd.

New Campus Icons

Icons are a great way to provide supportive illustrations for your content and can assist with user wayfinding. Last month, University Communications released 34 new official campus icons, and you can download SVG, PNG, and EPS files for each icon at the university brand site. If you’re one of our clients using the NC State Shortcodes plugin, you should already see these new icons available for any shortcode content with an icon option. To learn more about the new icons, check out Brian’s blog post.

Writing Content For Mobile

Your website might look good on a smartphone, but does the content make sense? By prioritizing mobile users, you can improve everyone’s experience. As mobile web browsing is now more common than desktop browsing, writing for mobile is more important than ever before. Brian recently attended a talk on mobile writing at HighEdWeb 2017. Read his blog post about the talk to learn what you can do to optimize your content for mobile users. This post is full of rules-of-thumb and quick tips for mobile writing and is a great resource for anyone creating web content for the university.  

Bills, Bills, Bills

Yes, it’s that time of year. Are you a new client? An existing client planning for the new fiscal year? We want to know what you kinds of things you need help with! If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to fill out our client/project intake form. This form will help us accurately anticipate your needs for the year and design our schedule (and your bill..) accordingly.

 

That’s all for now. We’ll see you back here next month, but hey, in the meantime, you got any leftover Mallow Cups?