Two of Columbia’s major websites have just received extreme makeovers – the SEAS site, whose color scheme and photo-of-new-dean remind visitors of Columbia College, and the Student Affairs site (shown above), which reminds the administration of its promise to render the entire Morningside Campus in 2D.
Major overhauls in PR are never taken lightly at Columbia, and dissenters to the new designs surely abound; however, both new websites feature several indisputable improvements over their previous versions. For example, they each employ a number of nifty animations – most notably, the Student Affairs homepage now features a fitting background of clouds traveling listlessly across the screen (the sky, of course, a ringing blue). And while it may take some getting used to, the sites are well-organized and easier to navigate than ever. So on behalf of our administrators and Brad Paisley, welcome to the future.
@the clouds makes me think I’m playing SNES Mario.
Also, isn’t it just a little disturbing that the west half of campus fell off the screen?
@33334444444444444444 Where is Kent in the picture?
@Kent Hunter It’s right next door to Harmony.
@wow new homepage is really adorable!!!
@Ouch Student Affairs would rather show Fairchild than Lerner on its front page?
@umm im pretty sure they are trying to represent the college and seas in the picture, which is why fairchild mudd & hammy are in the pic, duh.
@Junius “Major overhauls in PR are never taken lightly at Columbia… most notably, the Student Affairs homepage now features a fitting background of clouds traveling listlessly across the screen”
Yes, thank you Student Affairs for dealing with the most press complaint we have about you – your website wasnt flashy enough.
The administration just doesn’t get it, does it. The systemic problems that plague the bureaucracy and goes deep into its foundation can’t be fixed with a coat of paint and CSS.
The entire division needs to be rethought from the ground up, with serving students as clients or customers of the school, not products to be churned out on a strict 4 year schedule.
@they know the cynical position is that the administration has bureaucratized itself into oblivion as a careful measure after 1968. it’d be difficult to take down the university if you don’t have the requisite paperwork to do so.
@just a note “flashy enough”
@frustrated undergrad why not fix flex first and then maybe get around to some silly website.
@Cause Flex control is its own separate fiefdom. That’s totally out of their control.
Having the advisors actually advise? That’s also out of their control.
@Like the artwork. Superb job, unknown anonymous artist.
And the website: Note the “Answers” tab. My god, they’re trying to be more responsive to students? I don’t believe it.
@anonymous no longer If you view the image directly, you see the artist left a signature behind where the tabs go. “rrs2123”: http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/sites/web.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/themes/zen/dsa/images/bg_header_front.gif
Looking at their Columbia homepage (http://www.columbia.edu/~rrs2123/), they appear to have created their own font as well. Rock on, dude.