WebSigCleveland.org - Designing a Community: Rethinking an Educational Website

  • 20 Dec 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293

Daniel Young (@DanYoungDXY), Founder and Principal Partner of DXY Solutions, LLC (@DXYdoes), will present a case study on a web project for the Akron Public Schools (@AkronSchools). The project for the school system went beyond just a simple website redesign to encompass the development of an online community.

Akron Public Schools' website wasn't working. It was impossible to navigate, tedious to manage, and it obscured the accomplishments and vibrancy of the district, its staff, and most importantly, its students. DXY Solutions took on the redesign project with a fresh approach. Meeting with parents, teachers, and administrators, they researched the needs of Akron Public Schools and what they hoped to achieve.

The result is a site designed to foster conversation between the community and the district; one that allows for parents and students to communicate with their teachers and administrators in a safe, secure, and protected environment. Users are now empowered to create their own content and to start their own conversation. The overwhelming consensus is that the new site will serve as a catalyst in creating a stronger district with increased enrollment going forward.

Daniel Young founded DXY Solutions in 2006. It is now a highly respected boutique firm with offices today in Berlin, Cleveland and Seattle. DXY is a creative technology agency, whose services include business analysis; interaction and product design; and web, mobile and embedded development. Supported by a team of 23 people, including analysts, designers, artists, engineers, and developers, DXY has enjoyed a 1200 percent average growth rate since 2006, winning a number of business and technology awards in the process.

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