From start to finish, this session provides a look at what it took to produce the Georgia Tech version 3 campus web theme, with the goal of streamlining the layout, making it 100% accessibility compliant, and building it to be adaptable to multiple content systems and web applications.
When the president of the institute asked for a campus website branding policy around the same time that Drupal 8 came out (which would require a full rebuild of our campus theme package), the Web Advisory Group saw opportunity knocking to rework the current three-year-old theme and solve some of its long-standing issues. The entire process took nearly a year but produced a solid theme design and implementation process to go along with the new campus policy.
This session is a must-see for any web communications staff that are contemplating creating a new organization-wide web theme but is also very informative for anyone working on a major UI project that involves multiple organizational units.
What you’ll learn:
- How to approach a web theme building project that affects almost every unit of a large organization
- How to gather data from peer institutions to support a theme redesign plan
- How to balance graphic designers' visionary ideas against the realities of accessibility law
- How to structure an organizational theme to encourage adoption and adaptation to many different platforms, including Drupal and WordPress
- Lessons we learned along the way