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New staff profile templates for 2012

Posted on: 3 February 2012
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Filed under: Development, Redesign, Research

The recent restructure of the University of Westminster website allowed us to capitalise on the opportunity to restructure, not only the presentation of courses throughout the website but many areas that are indirectly linked.

Staff profiles throughout the University have never had a consistent template. The issue pre-dated the current website and was mainly due to the old website being split into separate schools. The consolidation of those separate websites in 2009 left us with a mixture of staff profile templates in the new website.

It didn’t seem too bad at the time because each school ended up with their own section. Therefore, you would never viewed  a Law professor in the same area as a member of staff in the Business School.

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Adobe’s new Muse Edges in on Flash

Posted on: 16 August 2011
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Filed under: Android, Design, Development

The biggest story of last year was the Apple vs Adobe clash concerning Apple’s refusal to support Flash in iOS and therefore the iPad. Adobe responded with a satirical advertising campaign called We [heart] Apple but since then the arguments have died down.

As we all move towards mobile devices including tablets, the need for Flash is beginning to wane. Why should we create Flash websites if we must also create an html version? In addition, why should we create Flash elements for websites if we need to create a static substitute? The introduction of HTML5 and CSS3 with the inclusion of jQuery has also contributed to the demise of Flash.

Arne Bech produced some Flash vs HTML5 advert examples to see if the user could tell the difference between them. View the advert examples here and see if you can.

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