“This has really been a merging of my two passions. For the past 15 years, I have been doing freelance graphic design and web development,” he said. “We really wanted to focus on a clear concise focus and figure out what kind of imagery highlights our great schools and enhances our message.”
From getting better photographs to present on the web and developing a newsletter that will be on the site – the attention to detail has been an extensive process.
“We have a mega-menu that is on top of the site and it was pretty extensively researched how community members would use it. We made access the most efficient way possible,” Rose explained. “Most of our traffic comes from mobile devices, so mobile compatibility was also taken into consideration. The imagery should look just as good on a smart-phone as they do on a desktop.”
Multilingual support was also taken into consideration when Vander Veen and Rose developed the new website.
“Multilingual support was very important for our ESL students,” Rose said. “We have built the top five languages spoken in our district into the website so that people who speak these languages can go to the site and have everything translated into the language they speak.”
Board president Scott Kruger said he was pleased with the work and the finished product.
“It looks really nice and it looks like you left no stone unturned,” he said. “You paid attention to our ESL students and the mobility issues and given our community great access. I want to have transparency and you did a great job with that.”