Yesterday, we launched Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative’s new website after many months of talking, tweaking, and perfecting a whole bunch of rad features, cooked to order.
Many college campuses include a number of independent interdisciplinary centers, but PPI is unique among them. Yes they offer programs and courses for students and aim to nurture a new generation of socially- and politically-engaged young leaders.
But they also maintain an office in Washington DC and their broader goal is to influence smarter, safer, better social and economic policies in the United State of America right now.
A NOBLE GOAL INDEED.
What They Needed
Among other things:
- An easy-to-navigate section targeted to current and prospective students, showcasing their academic and co-curricular offerings, that wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle.
- Web-friendly, scannable, beautiful, and printable Issue Briefs (aka #longreads)
- A way for external audiences (DC and the media) to search Briefs by trending topics or policy issues
- A powerful, dynamic homepage that can be customized to the user’s immediate needs
- The best got dang campus events calendar the world has ever seen, with built in RSVPs and maps
- More pictures and visuals. Just like everyone else.
What They Got
- An easy readin’, thoroughly modern, and web-friendly Issue Brief - with options for downloading, printing, and sharing
- Customizable and super cool “tagged with” pages for policy issues and trending topics
- The best got dang campus and external events calendar the world has ever seen, with built in RSVPs and maps
- A lean and clean IA that immediately suggests PPI’s dual focus and better social media integration
- An easy-to-navigate and engaging For Students section
And of course, all of the bells and whistles and neat tools and tricks that come pre-installed with the LiveWhale CMS.
All in all, the new site is powerful, visual, and highly interactive. It is also of course accessible and easy to update. Jason, Janie, and our beloved LW squad put in months of hard work and collaboration with PPI to make this kitty purr.
We hope the PPI community is as pleased with it as we are.
Job well done everybody!
Now let’s get back to work. The .edu web isn’t going to build itself.