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10-11:30am,  CG1-3131


10:00 (about 15 mins): Discussion on the goings-on at DrupalCon


Putting non-technical users, in control of the site.

    • Easy User Interface (UI) for marketing, empower marketing

    • Less reliance on developers


    • Recommended Sketch for modern interface design, simple to use after photoshop

      • Component based thinking with symbols

    • Communicate design to frontend teams with Zeplin

Measuring visual design

Visual Design is essential in shaping how users interact and feel about NCAR

    • Ux/ui (User Experience) design is focus

    • We judge a book by its cover for survival

    • Consistent feedback loop. Early and often

    • Interviews and cognitive walkthroughs

    • Personas: Who are we designing for?

    • How do similar sites do it


Update on UCAR/CISL Web hosting – by David Vance and Stephen Geinosky

All sites hosted by CISL will have to be moved off by October 1, 2019.  The Drupal sites can be moved to Pantheon.  If Labs/Programs need help, please contact David or Stephen.

Pantheon training will probably be provided.  The cost of hosting your Lab/Program websites is TBD.

Presentation by David Vance: "Running Web Application on AWS"

Presentation on "Brand Standards" by Zhenya Gallon and Simmi Sinha

WAG Brand Preview - April 18, 2019


    • Thanks for inviting us to give you a preview of the new organization-wide brand standards. We shared a link to the new brand website on Tuesday - - hope you’ll take a look soon if you haven’t already.

    • This is the soft rollout phase: We expect an official all-staff message announcing the standards fairly soon.

    • We’renot asking you to change anything on your websites right now, except to be sure all NCAR sites are compliant with NSF’s branding and disclaimer requirements

      • NSF’s instructions are in the NSF section in the Brand Standards guidebook (the PDF) or see the link in the right-hand nav on the brand webpage

      • Comms is continuing to advocate for the next phases of the Web Modernization Project, but the status of that is above Simmi’s, Peggy’s, and my pay grade. (Feel free to lobby your director about it.)


    • For now, if you’d like your webpages to be more brand compliant, feel free to reference the guide, and let us know if you get stuck.

    • We know many of you are asked to help with presentations and print materials, and the brand standards will help you bring your group’s materials into compliance.

    • The PDF includes examples of how the brand standards can look in practice for things like presentations, one-pagers, and scientific posters.

      • We’ve also set up a template library on Team Drive where you can download ready-to-use temlates for PowerPoint or Google Sheets, for example, and other applications you use.

      • There’s a link to the template library from the website and within the PDF (which is also on the website).

    • We’re not asking anyone to toss out existing materials until their content needs updating. But please start using these standards as soon as the all-staff announcement goes out.

    • Around the same time as the announcement, we will roll out the dates for some in-depth info sessions on the new brand standards, where we will take lots of questions.

    • There will also be at least two hands-on workshops:

      • One for people who work mostly with PowerPoint and Word

      • One for more-experienced designers who work with Adobe