Duke.edu Wins Bronze Circle of Excellence Award from CASE
We at Viget Labs are pleased and proud that Duke.edu earned a Bronze Award in the Complete Institutional Web Site category of the 2010 CASE Circle of Excellence awards.
Viget worked last fall with Duke University's Office of News and Communications to design the home page and secondary Spotlight pages for the university's web site.
CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) received 54 entries in this category and awarded one gold, one silver, and two bronze prizes. The Circle of Excellence awards program acknowledges great achievements by institutions of higher education.
One of the judges, Michael Stoner, described on his blog how the entries were evaluated. Among the criteria on which the sites were judged were the following elements:
- sound information architecture, navigability, usability and search
- a clear identity that is appropriate to the organization
- an appropriate level of innovation (Designers pushed the envelope without diminishing the findability or readability of content.)
- standardization of interface across the site
We kept all these elements and more in mind as we worked with the Duke team to redesign Duke.edu, especially the standardization of interface across the site, which we took one step further with the brand bar concept we developed to extend that standardization to other sites under the Duke University umbrella.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the strategy, design, development, and content creation for Duke.edu. We're honored to be able to share this accomplishment with such a deserving group of people.