On the Road to RWD


The University of New Brunswick moved to Cascade Server in 2008 with the launch of a new homepage and top level pages. Over the next five years, the school transitioned from a hodge-podge of sites with varying designs and update methods to a single, institution-wide CMS and common look and feel standard. Over the next five years, UNB.ca went from a 200,000 page site to 37,000 pages with more than 200 sections converted to Cascade Server from 17 faculties and schools across both its main campuses. In 2012, UNB's Web Operations Group launched its research, development and planning for the next version of the UNB website, with a focus on Responsive Web Design (RWD). In Spring 2013, UNB's Web Ops group launched its RWD implementation project with a mid-August 2013 launch date. In this presentation, they'll cover not the technical, content and project management aspects of transitioning to a responsive web design. Over the course of the presentation, they'll discuss why they decided to move to RWD, the approach they took in iteratively improving their current design and information architecture and how the team used an agile methodology to make the transition for their main site and nearly 200 sub-sites.

David Shipley

David Shipley

Enterprise Strategy Analyst
University of New Brunswick
http://www.unb.ca/

David Shipley is the enterprise strategy analyst for the University of New Brunswick's Information Technology Services. He is responsible for helping develop and implement UNB's web & mobility strategies as well as IT security awareness. Over the past four years, he founded UNB's corporate social media platforms and helped lead the redevelopment of the university's website, UNB.ca. David was formerly the senior enterprise web content strategist with Communications & Marketing at UNB and used the web and social media to tell UNB's story. David is a former business journalist with the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at UNB, with a focus on social media and information technology. David also provides consultative services on web and social media to small businesses and non-profits/not-for-profits.