It’s been two years since we last re-designed our websites. The new version we debut here today (Wednesday, June 24, 2015) is the simplest to use, was installed with the fewest problems, and is geared to better serve our largest group of readers: those using any mobile device (particularly phones or tablets) powered by almost any operating system (iOS, Android or Windows).
If you read us on-the-go, you’ll find our pages load faster and scroll easier. You’ll use far fewer swipes to reach any content, and you’ll tap less. Our photos are larger and our typefaces are bigger, both to reduce eyestrain.
This also is the most researched iteration of The Posts. For that we thank Alaura Hernandez and Emma Tyler, two students in the Winter 2014 “Journalism and the Networked World” class of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Evanston IL (above), and their professor, Rich Gordon.
Hernandez and Tyler scoured our sites. They analyzed user traffic, reading patterns, and a host of other statistics that, in general, described what worked and what didn’t with our publications. Gordon, who is Medill’s director of digital innovation (and, by the way, a University of Pennsylvania alum), supervised their efforts. Their 25-page final report, issued in March, led to many of the changes you’ll see now. Others will be visible in future weeks, as we roll out added features in several stages.
As always we thank you, our readers, for your continued interest in The Posts. We hope you like what you find in our new suit of clothes.
Photos from Northwestern University