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New nd.edu sets the bar

John Kemnetz | Monday, April 2, 2012

Dear Office of Public Relations,

Yes, this is most certainly nerdy, but as a Computer Science Major with a strong interest in web technology and design, I want to commend you for the work on the new nd.edu launched on April 1. This update puts Notre Dame’s public image at the forefront of smart web design. With the continuing trend of webpage access through a myriad of different devices, a website that adapts its layout based on size is not only brilliant, but also very forward-thinking.

Notre Dame students who have no idea what I’m saying – do this: Go to your web browser, type in nd.edu and make the window as small as you can. Now slowly drag the page bigger. Notice how the layout and content of the page changes dynamically with the size. This means that the same nd.edu homepage will look good anywhere – be it a low-res smartphone screen, your gaming console or an HD display. Now try the same thing with another of your favorite websites. Chances are you won’t get very far before the page looks distorted or cluttered. Notre Dame’s Office of Public Relations is setting the bar for content-driven websites everywhere, and we should be proud of their work.

John Kemnetz

junior

Duncan Hall

Apr. 2