Throughout the focus groups and discovery sessions in developing the new NC State website we heard a common comment, "show us don't just tell us." And from current students and future students it was use video, use video, use video. So, it's showtime.
As mentioned previously, the main "feature" area on the home page has been developed in Flash. And while some stories will be image/copy, others will be video stories. Click here (or on the image below) to watch an actual sample of how the Flash video will function on the home page. Just press "play" and watch a feature on the recent Art to Wear fashion show put on by NC State students from the College(s) of Design and Textiles. You'll notice that the video is fully accessible with closed captions and a complete transcript as a PDF.
If you're interested in a general project update, Public Affairs is in the midst of writing and producing all the content, images, video and other stories that will make up the 130 pages of the new NC State site. The site templates are being coded and then everything will be integrated through the new Content Management System. We are planning for a mid-July "soft" launch and plan to go live prior to the Fall semester in August.
We recently reviewed the entire Web project with the WebCom group of communications and Web professionals at Duke with a very enthusiastic response. In addition, we have been asked and will present to a group of campus Web developers at UNC-CH on June 7. It's exciting that NC State's project has been so enthusiastically received.
We are also in the midst of recruiting staff for our new Web Communications team -- a Director of Web Communications, Writer/Editor, Web Designer and Web Developer. If you have interest in joining our team check for the position listings at http://jobs.ncsu.edu.