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New Design Inspirations

What is Design? Graphic
Has your district decided to switch website (CMS) vendors and is seeking ideas for a new design? Or, is your district considering giving its old website design a fresh new look?
 
Since all eSchoolView website designs are custom created, we have populated this page with links to other websites that may provide some inspiration as you begin to move forward with the concept planning process.  Feel free to contact us for assistance!

Typical Homepage Features

Basic Homepage Design Features Can Include:


1. School Name and logo/mascot
2. Main Navigation* - this can include dropdown menu items
3. Audience Based/Quick Link Navigation
4. Social Media Icons,  Search and Translate
5. Header image (rotating images) or Header video
6. Content areas -populated by the district (typically News/Announcements/Events)

Other features, not pictured here:
  • Secondary navigation*
  • Video element
  • Vertical or Horizontal placement of body content 
  • Animations (lightening, darkening, color changes etc. on mouse hover)
  • Embedded social media feeds
  • Footer
*A secondary navigation can be included, but only one can contain dropdowns

You will notice as you visit other educational websites, that you will find these main features... but they will vary greatly in number, size, shape, color and placement.

Considerations

Target Audience:  Typically the audience for your new site will be parents, students, staff and community members.  Consider having information for each of these groups
 
Design: What (District) colors, logo, structure, shapes and images do you desire on the District homepage and thoroughout the design
 
Navigation:  Relates to how and where you want information located on the District Homepage .  Ease of navigation is typically a priority when creating a new site.
 
Social Media:  Will you need buttons or embedded feeds on your new site
 
We encourage you to look beyond the eSchoolView library, and especially beyond your neighbor’s sites. Keep in mind that most non-ed sites will tend to be structurally unrealistic for education site content management.
 
University websites are where we are seeing many districts gathering inspiration. The fact is, many of these flashy university sites go through a much more expensive, lengthy and rigorous process. From ironing out a new site map to extensive user experience research. Then preliminary design and interactivity are developed (sometimes for every single page). Some cases last over a year in development. It is, in many ways, a different product. The content has been fully curated, and there is access to much higher quality brand assets and media, paired with more extensive interactivity, animation, etc.

That said, eSV can provide a similar, modern direction that better suits their client base. Especially when it comes to the digital face of the brand: the homepage design. Many options of the more modern university designs can be incorporated.

On a homepage, if a user scrolls "below the fold” there is a tendency now to expect more visually rewarding content rather than an extension of navigation (like touts). The layout pattern tends to be more standard for interior pages (such as Harvard ).

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