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Gateway Redesign 2011-2013
About the Project
The University Gateway website—the front door to the University of Michigan for millions of visitors from around the world every year—underwent its last major architectural overhaul in 2002. Subsequently, in 2006, 2009, and 2011, its user interface was revisited and design changes were made to style and functionality, though the basic structure remained essentially the same.
Currently, the Gateway receives an astounding 25.5 million visits from more than 5.8 million visitors per year (March 2010-March 2011), making it one of the most important, low-cost ways the University reaches its diverse constituents. The number of visitors continues to increase, and it is imperative that we ensure information is both timely and accessible—particularly given the complexity of our institution.
Recent technological developments require different approaches to communicating with large and varied audiences. For instance, the burgeoning use of mobile and handheld devices and the rapid expansion of social media require new ways of thinking about information delivery. In order to remain viable, the Gateway needs to be portable and responsive, restructured in a way that gives users the freedom to receive the information most important to them. At the same time, the Gateway needs to be a communications cornerstone, capable of delivering emergency information and keeping all information available and accessible.
The main objectives of the comprehensive 2011–2013 redesign are to strategically advance the Gateway’s structure, function, and appearance, and to incorporate new technologies and features that will be adaptable and updatable.
- Provide a flexible web ecosystem that can adapt to U-M Gateway users’ changing needs
- Give users the features they want through a user-centered design process
- Combine best practices with the most current and desirable website features
- Put users in the driver’s seat through an interactive and engaging user experience
- Enhance content findability through modern search, mapping, and classification
- Provide a satisfying experience from anywhere, on any device, in the context users require
- Strengthen the Gateway’s already high levels of standards support, usability, accessibility, performance, stability, and security
Please send us comments, concerns, or suggestions regarding the U-M Gateway 2011–2013 Redesign. Your feedback is important to us.
Gateway Redesign Project Staffing
- Matt Schlientz
- Director of Marketing
- David Thiry
- Web Project Manager
- Kerri Pepperman
- Gateway Webmaster / Usability Lead
- Lindsay McLennan
- Web Developer / Technical Lead
- David Mudie
- Web Developer / User Experience Lead
- John Pariseau
- Web Developer / Analytics Lead
- Kathy Moody
- Multimedia Designer / Design Lead
- Suzanne Copsey
- Copywriter / Content Lead