Designing In-between The Body Tags

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The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso Website

Working at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso has provided me the opportunity to overcome some unexpected challenges. As a web designer, working in the source code plays a vital role, especially when trying to update an already existing website. But what happens when you are restricted from accessing a site via ftp and only limited to working with a CMS (content management system) — for all purposes, you design in-between the body tags. Combining some features of the CMS and some “trickery” of in-line CSS and other work-arounds, this is my attempt to give some hierarchy, consistency, and order to a behemoth of a website.

But what happens when you are restricted from accessing a site via ftp and only limied to working with a CMS (content management system) for all purposes — you design in-between the body tags.

Adding to the technical limits of working with this site, there was another challenge to be tackled. Each department in the university appoints it’s own team of individuals to manage and edit content on their prospective pages. When I arrived at the Texas Tech University, the IT department was handling the website. It was my job to organize the institutional structure of Texas Tech University, I did this by assigning a position of “Web Liaison” to each department. This would be a single individual, responsible for reporting to my department of Communications and Marketing, in order to better maintain the content and message of the website.

Clinical Department Home Pages

This was the area of the site where the most immediate care was needed. Each department had a different layout, different type of content, and complete lack of hierarchy. I designed a page layout, that would adapt to the message of each department while keeping a consistent look and feel throughout.

Roles: Design, Development, Management

Department of Surgery – View Page

BEFORE

 

Office of Research – View Page

BEFORE

 

Communications + Marketing – View Page

This is a new page created for the Communications + Marketing department. I shot new portraits for our team as well as developed a cool roll-over for our contact page. All coding had to be written “in-line” due to restricted access to FTP.

Roles: Design, Development, Photography

The Portraits

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