The Design Team: Writ 573
website design competition winner
Out of the need for an updated website, Dr. David Levinson director of the NEXUS research group coordinated a web development project with John Simmer, instructor of a Graduate level course entitled Writing and Designing for the Web (Writ 573) at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. Three teams within the class were established and charged with designing a completely new website for the NEXUS group. Text content was provided, much of which was re-written re-organized and formatted to best suite the needs of the client. All other aspects of the website were developed and deployed entirely by the design teams. This included: site structure, graphics, web coding and menu system, as well as search engine strategy.
This website is the winning design. Aside from some updated content and feature additions, what you see here is adapted and extended from the finished website submitted by the team. Team members are listed below along with their contributions and bio (where provided). Feel free to contact them if you're in need of a web developer or related freelance services.
Matt Bates: is a freelance web designer currently completing his BA in Technical Communications at Metropolitan State University. Upon completion he will pursue a career in web design, marketing, or advertising. To see a portfolio of his past and current projects please visit matthewbatesdesign.com
Mary Trkla: is a technical writer for a medical software company. Her focus is creating online Help, training guides, and procedure manuals.
Lisa De Luney: is currently a technical writer for a manufacturing software company, working towards her M.S. in Technical Communication at Metropolitan State University. Although she is just beginning her technical writing career, she is excited to learn and practice new web design writing and techniques.
Abdirahman Aynte: is a Technical Communication student at Metropolitan State University and he is also a writer for the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
Competing Design Teams:
The following are the runners up in this design competition. Screen captures of these sites illustrate the difficult choice in choosing a final site. Each alternate design has unique characteristics not present in the others.
Group 1: Team Members - Bilal Dameh, Dotty Hayes, Jenny Olson, Kelly Mann, Rasmsy Sounthala
Website screen capture
Group 2: Team Members - Bradley Braund, Kirsten Jacobsen, Krista Smith, Donald Boehm, Solveig Corbin, Claire Simonson
Website screen capture