Why Redesign?

Building on previous academic redesigns completed during the 2007-09 calendar years, the redesign of the main USD website will bring improvements to our core site's visual design, structure, navigation and content.

The redesign project has several key goals:

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Help Prospective Students

Make the site a user-friendly and informational tool for USD's primary web audience—prospective students—while serving the needs of current students and members of the community.

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Highlight accomplishments

Showcase student, faculty and alumni in a way that ties back to USD's mission and core values.

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User-Centered

User-centric, rather than organization-driven, information architecture and navigation.

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Visual Design

Cohesive and appealing new visual design incorporating USD branding standards.

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Improved Functionality

Coding/programming resulting in a faster and more streamlined user experience.

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Updated Technology

To comply with current technology standards.

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Simplified CMS

Simplification of maintenance using USD's Content Management System (Cascade Server).

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Responsive Design

Shift to a responsive design framework so the website is viewable on any number of platforms including computers, tablets, and mobile devices of varying sizes.

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Realigned Content

Realigned content to display the strongest qualities of the school and best serve the needs of the primary audience.