Web Group at Pratt
Designing With Web Standards
By adhering to current web standards, our new design utilizes the latest web technologies to strive for beauty and consistency. Our design focuses on simplicity, by stripping away any unnecessary elements. Using live text provides an optimal environment for accessibility, as users can scale their text up or down for increased readability, or use screen-readers when necessary. Our development code and CSS validate well by W3C accepted standards. Our back-end content management system allows for our over 200 content editors to fluidly update images and content easily, keeping the site current with the latest available information.
This site's organization is based on a narrow:deep information architecture, utilizing tabular main-section navigation and a simple left-rail hierarchical menu tree. The navigation not only tells you where you are, but gives clear indications of the user-path that brought you there. The yellow underlines in the left-rail navigation illustrate your chosen user path, so no additional breadcrumb trail is necessary. By employing a single link-color throughout the site, one that stands apart from the general color palette, scanning the page for active connections is much easier.
All downloadable materials appear in a Download Module box site-wide. Users no longer need to "scrub" a page to discover where walkaway or printable materials may live. Breakout modules at the bottom of each page showcase other areas of interest within the section you're in, and breakout modules on the right showcase related areas of interest. A right-column calendar module provides quick access to the Pratt global calendar, so users can see what's going on at Pratt on any given day.
Our site design also features original photography on top-level pages that has been custom treated to allow for a fluid/elastic interface. This allows the site to adjust to your browser window, while still being safe for most monitor resolutions. For the thin marquee pages that appear as you drill down, photo-bars showcase images and student work from all disciplines that Pratt offers.
Features and Functionality
Online Course Catalog & Course Search
An online Course Catalog as well as a Course Search tool allows users to find any course in any field. Users can also toggle between sections to see specific section information, such as the instructor's contact information and a link to their biography.
Pratt.edu standardizes treatment of all media in self-playing animated galleries using Slide Show Pro.
Degrees & Curriculum
Pratt.edu features full listings of all Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. Each degree page features a description of that degree program and its corresponding curriculum. Classes within the curriculum are active links that launch a pop-up window with full course information.
Pratt.edu features a full page display of all faculty in any given department, and each faculty and staff member have their own biography page with an animated gallery of their work.
Directories & Search
Our search functionality not only searches site content, but also pulls from our collection of breakout modules and displays those results in the right-hand column. Our Campus Directory searches all faculty or staff and links to their new biography page on the site.
Each department features links to their own specific departmental social outreach campaigns. Whether is is a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, a Vimeo or YouTube video collection, or a Smugmug photo collection, consistent icons on the right hand column will display any social media associated with the department.
A new approach to Pratt Announcements, this website features a Pratt Global Calendar with department/office specific views depending on a user's particular interests. Each department/office announcement link displays only those announcements tagged with their particular category. A full calendar view displays all Pratt scheduled events on a given day.
Each department features their own blog, which is actually a local view of Pratt's Global Blog. Each blog post displays within the categories tagged from the post, and are aggregated in the global blog. Recent entries, highest-rated posts, affiliated sites and an archive are featured on the right. The blogs serve as a place for virtually any kind of information where feedback is invited.