This year, I took 15 university or college home pages that had been redesigned within the past year (as posted on eduStyle.net) and had received more positive than negative votes.
Most Common Page Elements
The most notable changes here are the continued climb of events/calendars, and the decline of top banners.
|Element||Sites 2006||Sites 2007||Sites 2008|
Page Element Placement
Once again, no huge changes. Some of the overlays look a bit different since I was using a bigger monitor this year to capture the screenshots. Other than that, a few trends, but no major shifts.
- Logos and brands continue to congregate more toward the upper lefthand corner
- Primary navigation is pretty consistently below the brand, either vertically or horizontally
- News is trending a bit more toward the center, and events a bit more further to the right