Hello and Welcome!

I would like to personally welcome you to the new CD at CIA community website. I have spent what feels like a billion hours designing and programming this site to make it something the CD community can use to communicate. As part of my BFA Thesis, this site is designed to be a person-to-interface interaction that acts as a hub for all things related CD, as well as a new medium for members of CD to communicate. I’d like to go through some of the great things about this site now.

Fluid + Responsive = Anywhere Browsability

This site is responsive! For those of you who don’t speak web design, that means it resizes and reflows content based on your browser width. This means when you are logging on to the site from your iPad, phone, or any other device, you will get a browsing experience tailored to your screen. You won’t have to worry about pinching to zoom or clicking on the wrong link. Give it a try! Resize your browser window or pull the site up on your phone.

WordPress

This site is built from scratch on WordPress. It is 100% customized in its function and aesthetic. For those of you who don’t know, WordPress is a content management system, which basically allows for easy maintenance on the site. It also allows for users to the site to exist.

Users are members of the CD Community, and anyone else who wants to contribute to our core experience and culture. If you are a student, professor, or alum, you will have access to the site without question. Anyone else must request membership. This is great! As a user you have the ability to upload your own content in the form of images, videos, blog posts, and you also have the ability to comment and have a conversation with other members.

Interactivity

As you may have already noticed, the site is all black and white until you interact with it. Every section of the site is like this. As a community of designers we recognize the importance and effects that interaction has on creating a memorable experience. Our site is no different. I want you to remember the interactions, information, and conversation you create on this site. It only helps our community grow.

CD Content

This site has all of the content relating to CD you could ever need. The blog will keep you up to date on CD related news and events, and the separate student blog will give you an in-depth look in to what it’s like to be a student in CD. The sections on faculty, our studies, and the gallery will be maintained to reflect the most recent information in all of those areas. So check back often, and add to the conversation.

Thank you for your interest in CD and I hope you embrace this site and all that it can help accomplish.

Andrew Frank