To comply with the Mason’s brand, I have reworked the School of Law’s word mark and switched the typography to Minion Pro and Myriad Pro, which are Mason’s new primary typefaces. The fonts are served via Typekit.
I am also working on rebranding the Mason Law’s WordPress theme. This blog is now using a custom child theme based on WordPress’s Twentytwelve. For the previous theme, I am incorporating the new logo for now until I could get all the sites to switch to the new theme. The library blog is an example of the new change.
I am pleased to announce the release of the new web site for George Mason University’s School of Law, realigned to simplify the user experience. Read more.
The CAAS Intranet is the last Drupal site that is migrated to WordPress. All sites on the “Drupal” server are now powered by WordPress. The switch will make maintenance easier since I only have one CMS to worry about.
The Video Archives site get a makeover. This site is mostly for internal use, but I thought it would benefit from a clean refresh. The site is also responsive.
Need an email newsletter with Mason Law’s brand? Check out our new email newsletter template.
If you would like to use the template, follow these steps:
- Click on the template.
- View source and copy codes.
- Paste codes into an editor like Dreamweaver.
- Edit the contents.
- Save codes and paste into your email client using HTML view. If you’re using a Mac, open the new file in Safari and hit command-i. The email will be imported into Mail.
- Hit send.
Please note, the header image lives on our server so you don’t need to upload the header somewhere else. Just leave the URL absolute.
In January 2012, we relaunched a responsive makeover for Mason Law web site. One of the challenges was that the new design has to work with and response to the existing contents, which being added and updated through MODX, an open source content management system. Fortunately, MODX’s flexibility doesn’t get in the way and also allowed us to bring the markups up to HTML5.
In making responsive layout, we took the mobile first approach. The entire navigation system is moved to the bottom to allow the content to be more prominent and improve accessibility and SEO. On small screens (smartphones and tablets), users can get to the main content quickly without having to scroll through the menus. On larger screens such as desktops, the navigation is repositioned back to the top using CSS technique.
As an institution, accessibility is one of top priorities; therefore, we make sure the site works well with screen readers and legacy browsers including IE7 & 8. We hope that the new site could help you find information quickly and effectively on any device that you are holding in your hands.
In March 2012, we launched three Mason Law networks using WordPress Multisite:
If you or your organization interested in one of the services above, please contact us.