Note: This year, I assisted our webmaster in the annual website redesign. We narrowed the choices down to three based on accessibility, appearance and photo to text ratio. Then we let the class vote. They preferred the current design, which features large photos and also lists the stories below by category.
Other potential themes:
Note: The previous Global Student Square page Facebook header was a photo of the Oval at Stanford University. I wanted page viewers to instantly learn more about Global Student Square when they visited the page, so I created headers with portraits of staff writers to show who GSS really is.
“Executive Disorder: Trump immigration and travel ban causes a week of turmoil in Yolo County”
Note: The webmaster and I designed a landing page for “Special Report.” Initially, we published the project like others article, featuring it first on the homepage until a new story is added. A few hours later, it was already buried behind another story. We then added a tab for easy navigation.
“One-on-one relationships key at DSIS”
Note: My article detailed the differences between the two types of schools in our district; however, someone who did not want to read the text could quickly scan this graphic and learn all the same information. I split the graphic into two halves to ensure all text and art were symmetrical.
“Construction on All Student Center continues, creating opportunities for students”
Note: I divided the graphic into four equal sections, purposefully selecting each word to create two lines of text under each circle. I then included pictures relating to the text to make the graphic aesthetically pleasing. Again, our non-readers could look to the graphic for information also found in the article.
“DHS brings back Mock Trial Club, prepares for competition”
Note: This graphic did not repeat text found in the article. Instead, it gave students additional information, which might interest them after reading about the formation of a new club on campus. The eye-catching pencil and subtle wooden background were specific details I incorporated to fit the theme of the graphic.
“The internet: A useful platform for free speech”
Note: After writing an article about free speech on the Internet, I helped lay out this page including brainstorming story ideas and selecting which social media logos to place in the center of the two-page design. I picked the most popular icons: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and Snapchat.
(Published in the Feb. 26, 2016 edition of The HUB)