Redesigns / Websites

Redesigns 2011: Daily Pennsylvanian

The Daily Pennsylvanian has redesigned their web site, with a lot of back-end work going into the project. As Eric Jacobs, general manager, wrote:

We’ve moved from our in-house-created Drupal-powered CMS to the Detroit Softworks Gryphon CMS, and we’ve completely redesigned the site. The new site presents more content, more cleanly; it incorporates feeds from our other sites, like our 34th Street Magazine (, UnderTheButton campus life blog (, and The Buzz sports blog; has a lot more flexible main page layout options (invoked via simple tagging rather than coding changes); better integrates and features multimedia content, features dynamic and interactive content on section pages, and more. It’s certainly the farthest we’ve ever come from being mostly shovel-ware from the print edition. The Gryphon CMS also gives us a high-quality mobile-optimized site for the first time.
Here’s the new site design:
Here’s a screenshot taken from a February, 2011 crawl (minus the ads):

Online Managing Editor Jared McDonald and Lead Online Developer Kyle Hardgrave were the driving forces behind the new site design, Jacobs said, while working with “a working committee of many of the paper’s editors which met weekly through much of the spring semester.”

I like the new navigation and flag design, and the use of more visual content “above the fold.”

If your college news organization has redesigned their website, send me an e-mail (see the left-side rail for the address) or comment on one of these posts, which are archived under the category Redesigns.

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